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Elmy's Special Services, Inc. 

Elmy’s Special Services believes that every person, regardless of his or her race, ethnicity or disability, should be treated with dignity and respect.
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ESS Executive Director Facilitates Panel at
The 48th Annual Legislative Conference 

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, ESS Chief Executive Officer, Ray Knights facilitated a panel discussion sponsored by New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker on "Managed Care and The Impact on Low-Economic Communities,” at The 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Albany. The panel was part of a series of socially engaged workshops aimed at raising awareness on the many issues faced in New York State today. The weekend conference ran by the State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, attracts thousands of New Yorkers, of African-American, Caribbean-American, Hispanic-American and Asian-American descent.

This year's theme was:  "We Are The Agents of Change: Strong, Resilient, Unified." It was especially rewarding to see some of the most influential leaders of color within New York State gather to discuss the most pressing issues facing New York residents today.  The panel facilitated by ESS Chief Executive Officer, Ray Knights, raised questions on accountability in managed care organizations, access to quality care in underserved communities and impact. Panelist included: Kate Marlay, Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Person Centered Support, OPWDD; Mary Grace Giuliano, MSW, Metro NY Director of Region 4, OPWDD; Joanne Fortune, PHD LMMC, Regional Director, SCO Family of Services; and Luis Mota, Eprine Community Services Inc, CEO.

From left to right: Chief Executive Director, Ray Knights and Senator, Kevin S. Parker; Panelist from the discussion on "Managed Care and The Impact on Low-Economic Communities;  Chief Executive Director, Ray Knights and Newly Elect Assemblyman, Charles D. Fall;  Chief Executive Director, Ray Knights and fellow attendees from the 48th Annual Legislative Conference. 

Day Habilitation Resident's Bi-weekly Yoga with Mecca from "Mecca's city of Wholeness"


ESS Day Habilitation residents enjoyed a bi-weekly workshop created and taught by martial artist & yoga instructor Mecca Nelson from "Mecca's city of Wholeness" and "The Yoma Method."  Her workshops are fun, energizing and effectively helps residents calm and focus their minds.

Our Day Habilitation With/Without Walls is a program that provides individuals with an environment that enhances their academic and prevocational skills. Each participant of the program is provided with opportunities for community involvement, personal growth, and socialization.

We at ESS are happy to have Ms. Nelson with us! We look forward with much enthusiasm to next week's session! 

CLARIFICATION to the Children’s Medicaid Waiver Transition to Health Home Care Management Guidance specifically for Transitioning 1915c DOH and OPWDD Care at Home Waiver Providers
 

The New York State Department of Health sent out an updated guidance report to clarify the Level of Care requirements issued in the January 11, 2019 guidance document. The updated guidance will affect all transitioning 1915c Waiver providers regarding the documentation requirements for Care Management staff (OMH ICC, OCFS HCI, DOH/OPWDD case management and Health Home (HH) care management) as it relates to their care coordination activities during the transition period of January 2019 through March 31, 2019 while transitioning children within the current six waivers (listed below) into Health Home (HH) care management or the Independent Entity (IE).

• OMH SED HCBS 1915(c) waiver

• DOH Care at Home (CAH) I/II 1915(c) waiver

• OPWDD Care at Home 1915(c) waiver

• OCFS Bridges to Health (B2H) SED 1915(c) waiver

• OCFS B2H Medically Fragile 1915(c) waiver

• OCFS B2H DD 1915(c) waiver

The current six waivers and their authority are still in place during the transition period of January 2019 through March 31, 2019. Current waiver care management requirements and billing procedures remain intact for children who continue to receive care management services of OMH ICC, OCFS HCI or DOH/OPWDD case management services.

Please read the attached document for further clarification on the level of care determination and documentation: CLARIFICATION to the Children’s Medicaid Waiver Transition.

For Black History month, Elmy's Special Services would like to celebrate the life of Abolitionist and Political Activist, Harriet Tubman. 

Tubman was born into slavery, around 1820 in Dorchester, County, MD. Her mission in life was to free enslaved men, women, and children from bondage. When Tubman was a teenager, she acquired a traumatic brain injury when a slave owner struck her in the head. As a result, she developed epileptic seizures and hypersomnia; a disability that would be with her throughout her life.

Although disabled, Tubman did not let her condition hinder her life's mission. Through determination, courage,
and strength, Tubman escaped and helped to rescue over seventy enslaved people using a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Tubman is a prominent figure in American History.  She was not afraid to be a leader as an African American, a woman and a person with a disability. She is truly a hero to all!

Ray Knights is the Executive Director of Elmy’s Special Services, Inc. (ESS). ESS is a not-for-profit organization operating under the auspices of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office for Children and Family Services, and the New York State Department of Health. ESS has successfully provided a variety of supports and services to numerous individuals with developmental disabilities in underserved minority communities within New York City for over a decade. 

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