OPWDD Guidances and COVID-19 Resources

The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has released guidelines allowing for the resumption of home visits, community outings and day services, as well as returning to residential settings following extended home visits. The guidelines will be effective July 15, 2020 for regions of the State that have entered into Phase Four in accordance with the … Read More

Webinars on Care Coordination for School Personnel

Buffalo-Niagara and Western Region: The following webinar, led by Alan Venesky, Community Relations Manager – West, can help school personnel better understand Care Coordination, OPWDD Eligibility and Services, and the Customized Referral Process:   Learn about the Referral Process in greater detail with an in-depth webinar from Alan Venesky:   Rochester, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier areas: The following Webinar, … Read More

A Message on Flu Vaccines

Person Centered Services is dedicated to the health and well-being of our staff and the people we serve. In today’s world, it is more important than ever to maintain your health. Please get a flu vaccine! If you have any questions on where to get a flu shot, please reach out to your Care Coordinator for assistance. For the full … Read More

Employee Spotlight: Kayla Lewis

Kayla Lewis is a Rochester-based Care Coordinator. She works in a float position, filling in the gaps for cases that need support in Monroe County. Kayla helps advocate for the people she serves during these periods of transition. How long have you been with Person Centered Services? I have been with Person Centered Services since the beginning of its launch date … Read More

Voting and Care Coordination

Care Coordinators can support individuals who wish to vote! Learn the guidelines from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and upcoming deadlines related to voting. OPWDD Assistance Guidelines: Care Coordinators can assist individuals with registering to vote and voting. However, they… MUST be neutral about their political preference or party enrollment; May NOT make statements or take actions that … Read More

Employee Spotlight: Ashley Rodgers

Ashley Rodgers is an Intake Specialist based in West Seneca. Her vital work helps connect individuals to Care Coordination, assisting them with the eligibility and enrollment process. She is a key advocate for those seeking Care Coordination support. How long have you been with Person Centered Services? I have been employed with Person Centered Services since June 21, 2018. What would … Read More

Advocating for James

Roxanne, a Care Coordinator at our company, has worked with James for almost 17 years. When she first met him, James had a behavior plan with many restrictions. He could not use a phone independently or access his bank account numbers. He was not allowed to have any home or community alone time. He needed support staff with him on … Read More

Explaining COVID-19 in Plain Language

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

With the input of self-advocates, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has created several informational aids and resource materials that will help ensure everyone understands basic information about COVID-19 and OPWDD’s response to it: “COVID-19 In Plain Language,” a document available in multiple languages that explains how the virus is transmitted and how to stay safe and stop … Read More

Employee Spotlight: Angela Spikes

Angela Spikes is a Batavia-based Care Coordinator who supports individuals in Genesee County. Her work helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their potential, connecting them to the services they need to flourish. How long have you been with Person Centered Services? I have been with Person Centered Services since July 1, 2018. How did you first hear about … Read More

Employee Spotlight: Molly Zehler

Molly Zehler is a Care Coordinator based in our Rochester offices. She also serves as a Care Coordination Ambassador, providing support and training to her fellow Care Coordinators! How long have you been with Person Centered Services? I made the transition from Medicaid Service Coordination to Care Coordination in July 2018. What does your work as a Care Coordination Ambassador involve? … Read More