Family & Professional Resource Fair 2017: BOOTH INFO & REGISTRATION

Dear Service Provider,

I am pleased to announce that this year’s Manhattan Family and Professional Resource Fair will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the New York Academy of Medicine at 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY, 10029 from 9:30 AM to 2 PM. All families and professionals are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in hosting a booth at this event, please complete the Vendor Registration form enclosed. You may register for a half table at the cost of $100 or a full table at the cost of $200 for non-profit organizations. Vendors or for-profit organizations can register for a table for $250. Please have your agency representative arrive by 9:00 AM to register and prepare your booth. Your table must be set up by 9:30 AM. Due to space considerations, only one table will be allotted per agency. Space is limited. We expect every agency to have a staff person available at their table until 2:00 PM to answer questions.

This fair is a good opportunity for service coordinators to become familiar with resources in Manhattan, so please encourage staff to attend as well. MSC credits will be provided. If you have any questions regarding the fair, please email Wendy De Leon at wdeleon@adaptcommunitynetwork.org.

PLEASE NOTE: VENDORS WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL TO CONFIRM VENDOR REGISTRATION. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED WITHOUT EMAIL CONFIRMATION.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Wendy De Leon and Yesenia Estrella

Co-Chairpersons, Manhattan Family Support Committee

MDDC FSS Resource Fair Vendor Registration 2017

DD Council Minutes – 10/12/17

  1. Introductions were completed.
  2. Minutes from the last meeting were approved; if you would like to refer to past minutes, they are always available on the DD Council website: (www.manhattanddcouncil.org).

 

III.       Announcements : DD Council attachments Oct 17 (1)

AHRC NYC
Program vacancy list is attached.

New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative
Free services for children ages 12-21 who are deaf and blind; see attached for details. There will also be webinars for families and professionals on Thursdays at 7:30pm on a series of topics.

Equestrian Therapy
After school programs are starting in November. Contact Richard Brodie for information at 212-535-3917 or richardbrodie10@gmail.com.

Sinergia
Flyers are attached for Family Support Case Management, Free Evaluations for people seeking eligibility (which can be conducted in the home and on weekends), Housing Programs, Supported Employment (SEMP), and Pathway to Employment Services.

Sheltering Arms
MSC services available in all boroughs except Staten Island; see attached for information.

NYC FAIR – Family Advocacy Information Resource
See attached for a meeting on October 23, to discuss CCOs and CAS. Registration required. Any parents who want to become involved with NYC FAIR should go to www.nycfair.org, or email questions@nycfair.org.

ADAPT Community Network – formerly UCP of New York City
Information is attached regarding program vacancies and family reimbursement. Information is also attached for an upcoming free Family Forum on 10/26 on “My Child Has Autism: Now What?” and on “Sensory Smart” on 11/16.
Call 718-436-7979 ext. 704, or email familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org

YAI
Information is attached for service vacancies. For information about any YAI programs, please call 212-273-6182, or email link@yai.org.

Esperanza
See attached for information on day hab services, pre-vocational, respite get-away trips upstate, and Wednesday and Saturday recreation programs for people living in Manhattan and the Bronx.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Workshops are held for parents of children ages 0-21 in the DOE or who are receiving CPSE services. See attached for details on upcoming special education trainings for parents in October, being held in English and Spanish.

NYLPI has an intake line available from 9am to 3pm, where people with any disability can call for information. If the staff at NYLPI can’t assist, they will refer the person to the appropriate provider. Call 212-244-4664 for details.

QSAC

Current program openings are attached.

 

Marco Damiani, Chair of the Manhattan DD Council, has been appointed CEO of AHRC, effective December 2017.

 

COUNCIL DUES ARE DUE! See attached for the invoice for non-profit agencies to pay dues. Paid members will have any non-fundraising events listed on the Council’s calendar of events.

Presentation: Martha Jackson, Assistant Commissioner, Employment & Business Development, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

MOPD currently has a staff of 14. They plan to add 8 additional employees for employment projects. Marco suggested hiring someone with extensive DD experience as one of the 8.

Martha discussed a number of employment initiatives currently underway at MOPD, including:

  • Disability Accessibility Coordinator – checks city websites for accessibility
  • ASL Direct – pilot project, involving video contact for live communication
  • NYCGO Accessible Tourism Guide – 61 million people with disabilities visited NYC last year
  • 50% of all taxis will be accessible
  • Federal tax incentives for business
  • Disability Pride Parade
  • Inclusive Design Guidelines

In addition, they are working on a grant, NYC at Work, a public-private partnership to increase employment of people with disabilities, 76% of whom are unemployed. Their goal is to connect 1,500 people with disabilities with a job that is a good match. They are utilizing both supply and demand sides; on the supply side, they are developing a Talent Coalition, and are seeking assistance from DD agencies. On the demand side, MOPD now has a Business Development Council.

Please see the attached powerpoint for additional information.

 

  1. State News – Liz Cambra
  • There is an ADM regarding respite categories, detailing time limits, with a summary of the changes. A prior approval form for intensive respite is out. Go to sm.brooklyn.intensive.need.respite@opwdd.ny.gov.
  • Certified Residential Opportunity list (CRO): NYC’s numbers on the CRO list are much lower than expected, possibly due to under-reporting. NYC was allocated only 113 residential opportunities, out of 455 statewide, in the recently released RFS. Agencies and MSCs should ensure that people needing residential services within 2-3 years are added to the CRO list. In future there will be one list, instead of the CRO and RRL currently in use. The single list will be broken out by year of need.
  • Residential RFS: 36 agencies have applied. OPWDD is now vetting them through DQI and fiscal. There is a review committee which includes 2 families; Elly Rufer volunteered to participate.
  • Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs): OPWDD is hosting a family forum on CCOs on November 9, 5-7 pm, at IAC. OPWDD is starting to contact agencies that haven’t yet affiliated with a CCO yet to urge them to consider doing so.

 

  1. City News – Sandra Piggee

Janice Chisholm is on leave at this time.

 

  1. IAC/Federation – Ryan Garofalo
  • CAS: Ryan explained that CAS is OPWDD’s new approach to assessing individuals’ skill level. Kate Bishop presented on CAS at IAC’s Residential Committee. She stated that 15,000 CAS assessments have been completed. CAS results are posted in OPWDD’s CHOICES. The committee presented Kate with problems with the implementation of CAS, including errors in the findings. Kate said that the MSC is the point person, and the appeals process is to be handled by the MSC, who is required to first check the individual’s record and then go back to everyone who was interviewed to double check. Ryan said that IAC is conducting a survey to see how many and what types of CAS errors have surfaced.
  • Rate for residential and day services: The new rates are out. Some agencies will see increases, but others will experience losses. Agencies must identify any errors and advise IAC. IAC will work with DOH and OPWDD to resolve any issues.

 

VII. Committees

Family Support Services: Wendy De Leon announced that the Fair brochure is almost ready. Wendy asked agencies to e-mail her the number of brochures you want and she will mail them to you. Wendy emphasized the need for volunteers, pointing out that the Fair is a Council event, for which Council members should share responsibility. She circulated volunteer sign-up sheets. She reported that the six workshops are: Benefits and Entitlements by Gary Shulman; CCOs by Carol Lincoln; Managing Challenging Behaviors by Lana Small, YAI; Family Support Services—English by Janet Davis and Kathy Kelly, and a separate Spanish session by Mara Henriquez, YAI; Self-Direction by Todd Pinkus, Meaningful NY. Next meeting: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:00 am – noon, Sinergia, 2082 Lexington Ave., 4th floor. Topic: Self-Direction by Todd Pinkus, COO, Meaningful NY. Information: Yesenia Estrella (212) 928-5810 x 173; yestrella@esperanzacenter.com.

 

Legislative: Jim Malley reported that the Legislative Breakfast will be March 9, 2018, at Barnes & Noble, Union Square. If you have thoughts or ideas for the Breakfast, please e-mail them to Jim. Next meeting to be announced. Information: Jim Malley (212) 928-5810 x 101; Jmalley@esperanzacenter.net

Transition: Kathy Kelly announced that the committee met the previous day. They had a speaker about a pilot project for young adults with I/DD on supported decision-making regarding guardianship. This is alternative model to full guardianship. In the alternative model, a team is assembled to assist the person in making important decisions.

 

The 2018 graduates are beginning to look at programs. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 9:30 am – noon, AHRC, 80 Van Dam Street, 6th floor. Information: Kathy Kelly (212) 780-2724; Kathy.kelly@ahrcnyc.org.

Manhattan FSS Advisory Council: Margaret reported that the September 25 meeting where Kate Bishop spoke on Self-Direction had a record attendance of over 100 people, not only from Manhattan but from all boroughs. Attendees had a range of familiarity with Self-Direction, but everyone learned from the presentation. Next meeting: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:00 am – noon, Center for Family Support, 333 7th Ave., 9th floor. Carol Lincoln will be presenting on Care Coordination Organizations. Information: Margaret Puddington (212) 799-2042; Margaret.puddington@gmail.com.

 

MSC Committee: Carol Lincoln reported that Anice Cox is no longer a co-chair. The last very successful meeting was co-sponsored with the Brooklyn MSC Committee and featured Kate Bishop speaking on several current issues. Next meeting: TBD. Information: Carol Lincoln (718) 859-5420 x 225; clincoln@adaptcommunitynetwork.org.

 

VIII. New Business

Marco Damiani explained that the Executive Committee met several times over the summer with a view toward restructuring the DD Council committees to better meet needs. Current committees are based on funding streams. We are now looking at ways to restructure the committees to better match the changes in the field and to realign with the changing service environment. We are proposing combining the Family Support, Transition, and MSC committees into a single larger committee whose focus would be education and information/outreach; accessing servings; coordinating services. Currently, there is much duplication across committees—e.g., all the committees are interested in learning more about CCOs, CAS, self-direction, etc. By combining the committees, we would address the same issues with a broader base. We propose trying out this new structure from January through June and then re-evaluating. We would need to amend the by-laws to do this. A proposed revision will be sent in advance of the next DD Council meeting, at which we will vote on the amendment.

 

 

 

 

FSSAC Meeting Minutes – 9/25/17

1. Announcements

The following committees are subcommittees of the Manhattan DD Council. Family members are welcome to attend any or all.

Family Support Services Committee
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:00 am – noon
Sinergia, 2082 Lexington Ave., 4th floor
Information: Yesenia Estrella (212) 928-5810; yestrella@esperanzacenter.com

Transition Committee
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:30 am – noon
AHRC, 83 Maiden Lane, 11th floor Board Room
Information: Kathy Kelly (212) 780-2724; Kathy.kelly@ahrcnyc.org

Legislative Committee
Next meeting to be announced.
Information: Jim Malley (212) 928-5810 x 101; Jmalley@esperanzacenter.net

MSC Committee
Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:00 am – noon
Topic: OPWDD’s CAS – new assessment tool; START – new crisis prevention and intervention program
Adapt Community Network (formerly UCP), 80 Maiden Lane, 4th floor
Information: Carol Lincoln (718) 859-5420 x 225; clincoln@adaptcommunitynetwork.org.

DD Council
Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 9:30 am – noon
Sinergia, 2082 Lexington Ave., 4th floor
Information: Marco Damiani (212) 947-5770 x 456; manhattanddcouncilchair@gmail.com

Please see separate e-mail for announcements of availability of all types of programs for people with developmental disabilities – for Manhattan and/or NYC residents.

 

2. Important Advocacy Issue – Margaret Puddington
Margaret announced that the Senate was poised to vote on the Graham/Cassidy bill – the latest attempt to repeal Obamacare and slash Medicaid. In NYS 90% of I/DD services are funded through Medicaid, so any cut would be disastrous.

This bill is a block grant, which is the same as a cut. The block grant would give a fixed amount to each state, and each state would have to serve all its Medicaid recipients out of that block. Hundreds of billions in Medicaid will be cut.

During the course of this Advisory Council meeting, we learned that the bill was defeated! But we anticipate that it will rear its head again in a similar form in the future. Please be on the lookout for action alerts, and take whatever actions are requested in order to defeat proposed cuts to Medicaid.

3. Speaker: Kate Bishop, Director of Program Development, OPWDD, on Self-Direction

Power Point Used: NYC Family Meeting for SD 92517

Kate began with a general overview of Self-Direction for attendees who were unfamiliar with it. She explained that in traditional services, the person fits into the program with all its parts, and money is paid to the agency. With Self-Direction, on the other hand, you have your own budget, called a personal resource allocation (PRA), and you put the pieces together to purchase your desired services, which are paid from the PRA. You cannot just use the PRA for anything, only for allowable categories of services. The current assessment form, DDP2, is used to set the amount of the PRA. PRAs have different levels for children and adults because children are in school and don’t need weekday activities, but adults do need day services. In Self-Direction you can hire your own staff. You can also purchase an agency service.

After meeting with your circle of support to see what supports you want, your start-up broker puts the plan and budget together. 62% of all PRA budgets goes for staff support (community habilitation, respite, SEMP). At present you can pay your self-hired staff more than they make in agency programs; you can also pay for staff benefits. The budget must be approved by the OPWDD regional office.

The fiscal intermediary (FI) handles the human resources work connected with hiring staff and paying all bills. The FI is the employer of record. Recently, CMS approved an increase in the fee for FIs.

In 2014 there were 2,000 individuals enrolled in Self-Direction. In the last three years, enrollment nearly quadrupled: there are now 7,500 individuals with budget authority. Only 170 people with budget authority have disenrolled from Self-Direction. With such fast-paced growth, the FI infrastructure needed to be shored up. The newest FI agency is Meaningful NY. OPWDD is aware that different FIs may have different interpretations regarding allowable services. Additional FI training is needed to clarify the rules.

To learn who is choosing Self-Direction, OPWDD compared large samples of people in Self-Direction and in traditional services. While it had been generally assumed that Self-Direction benefits mostly people who are relatively independent, Kate’s powerpoint demonstrates that proportionally there is no significant difference in adaptive and health scores between people in the two groups. However, over twice the proportion of people with normal or above normal functioning level are represented in the Self-Direction group, whereas higher proportions of people with severe or profound impairments were found in traditional services. The most striking finding is that the proportion of higher behavior scores among children ages 0-21 was significantly greater in Self-Direction, possibly because Self-Direction enables those with behavioral challenges to create what actually works for them.

Kate then answered questions that had been submitted in advance of the meeting. She grouped the questions by theme.

• Restrictions: OPWDD is working to simplify Individualized Goods and Services (IDGS) rules.
• Caps: Expenses cannot exceed caps—e.g., housing subsidy, although OPWDD has a work group looking into that particular cap.
• Durable medical equipment: Self-Direction cannot replace what must be purchased with your Medicaid card. IDGS can pay only if there is a Medicaid denial, and then, only up to $3,000.
• Payment in advance of service delivery: FIs cannot pay before the service (e.g., a community class) has been delivered because of Medicaid billing rules. Medicaid won’t pay until a service is completed.
• Prompt payments: FIs do pay staff and regular monthly bills promptly. But when the issue is more complex, payment tends to get delayed. There are no rules about when FIs must reimburse. Better IT could help develop a better system for monitoring payments. FIs are supposed to provide the enrollee with a monthly expenditure report.
• Managed care: Self-Direction will be an important part of managed care. PRAs will eventually be set by OPWDD using the Coordinated Assessment System (CAS). In about 5 years, payment will come from the managed care entity.
• Medication administration in uncertified settings: Currently, there are several providers who are doing this. OPWDD is expecting FIs to get training, procedures, and policies in place to implement this. For some individuals the problem can be addressed by technology. CDPAP workers are permitted to administer medications; some I/DD workers can be both CDPAP and community habilitation and can administer medications during their CDPAP hours.
• Overtime rule: In a family where there are two children with I/DD in the home, overtime must be paid to the worker working over 40 hours—even if it’s 30 hours for child A and 15 for child B— because technically there is one employer: the FI. This is a Department of Labor regulation.

 

 

DD Council Minutes – 9/14/17

  1. Introductions were completed.

 

  1. Minutes from the last meeting were approved; if you would like to refer to past minutes, they are always available on the DD Council website: (www.manhattanddcouncil.org).

 

III.       Announcements : See PDF Flyers Here

 

Esperanza

See attached for information on day hab services, pre-vocational, respite get away trips upstate, and Wednesday and Saturday recreation programs for people living in Manhattan and the Bronx.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Workshops are held for parents of children ages 0-21 in the DOE or who are receiving CPSE services. See attached for details on upcoming special education trainings for parents in October, being held in English and Spanish.

NYPLI has an intake line available from 9am to 3pm, where people with any disability can call for information. If the staff at NYLPI can’t assist, they will refer the person to the appropriate provider. Call 212-244-4664 for details.

 

YAI

Information is attached for service vacancies, including Mindfulness Training for Parents (no OPWDD eligibility required), “Transition to Independence” programs for young adults on the autism spectrum, and Crisis services. For information about any YAI programs, please call 212-273-6182, or email link@yai.org.

 

Ohel Bais Ezra

Reimbursement for goods and services for families living in Manhattan. See attached for details.

 

ADAPT Community Network – formerly UCP of New York City

Information for an upcoming free Family Forum on 10/20 on Conflict Free Case Management, which will be replacing MSC early next year, and on Partners Health Plan (PHP), which is for people over 21 who have both Medicaid and Medicare.

Information is also attached regarding program vacancies and family reimbursement.

Call 718-436-7979 ext. 704, or email familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org

 

AHRC NYC

Program vacancy list is attached, along with information on Family Reimbursement.

 

Include NYC

There will be a six-week advocacy training and networking opportunity for parents, held on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Parents will learn about laws and changes in Special Education services, gain effective communication skills, and gain knowledge on how to work with schools. The goal is to have parents find education and community resources, so that they can become experts and leaders in their communities, and be able to help others and share information. Go to www.includenyc.org for more information.

NYC FAIR – Family Advocacy Information Resource

A meeting is being scheduled for October, to discuss CCO’s and CAS. Any parents who want to become involved should go to www.nycfair.org, or email questions@nycfair.org.

 

Other

Joshua Trost is looking for ways to get music and computers to people with disabilities. See attached for details, and contact him if you can help, or would like help.

 

The Bronx DD Council’s Children’s Committee would like to invite parents to a presentation on Saturday, October 21. Topics will include transition preparation, due process rights, negotiating the IEP, and employment services. See attached for registration details.

 

Council Dues Are Due! See attached for the invoice for non-profit agencies to pay dues. Paid members will have any non-fundraising events listed on the Council’s calendar of events.

Presentation: Jennifer Smith, Outreach Director, NY Connects at CIDNY

Newly launched in NYC, this statewide service connects people of all ages with any disability, and caregivers, with information on care and support, I/DD services, mental health and substance abuse services, services to help people remain independent, transportation, supports for caregivers, supported employment programs, Medicare, Medicaid, other benefits, durable medical equipment, home health aides, legal services, and more. Their website includes a resource directory. The goal of NY Connects is to enable people to remain at home longer. NY Connects provides seamless access for benefits and services – one-stop shopping, where you make just one call to NY Connects and they forward the information to the appropriate agency. Family members and caregivers can call on behalf of the person. NY Connects counselors are trained; there is a translation phone line. For more information and assistance: www.nyconnects.ny.gov or 844-862-7930.

 

Presentation: Alex Elegudin, Accessibility Program Manager, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission

Alex explained that as a result of a lawsuit settlement, 50% of yellow taxis and 33% of green taxis are required to be wheelchair accessible by 2020. A proposal has been put forward to require for-hire taxis, such as Uber and Lyft, which are subject to TLC rules, to send 25% of their dispatched trips to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. This would create parity between the for-hire and yellow taxi sectors. The goal is to ensure equivalence in waiting time and fares between disabled and non-disabled riders.

 

The Commission will hold a public hearing September 21, 2017, at 10:00 am, in the hearing room at 33 Beaver Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10004. The hearing room is wheelchair accessible. To comment on the proposed rule at the public hearing, you must sign up to speak by calling 212-676-1135. You can also sign up in the hearing room before the hearing begins. Speeches are limited to three minutes. Or you can send written comments by September 21 to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Office of Legal Affairs, 33 Beaver Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10004 or tlcrules@tlc.nyc.gov.

 

  1. State News – Liz Cambra
  • OPWDD disseminated an RFS for development of new certified residential opportunities for people with emergency and substantial need. NYC was allocated 113 opportunities, out of 455 statewide. Proposals are due to OPWDD by October 6. Notification of awards is expected November 10.
  • High needs funding: CMS has given verbal approval to OPWDD’s proposal. Agencies in need of this special funding can submit a request. Guidance from the DDRO will be available.
  • The RFS for Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) was released in September. Proposals are due by the end of November. CCOs are projected to launch July 2018.
  • The hearing for OPWDD’s 5.07 plan will be September 25, 3-7 pm, at OPWDD, 25 Beaver St. To register, contact Lopez@opwdd.ny.gov.
  • Helene De Santo, Executive Deputy Commissioner of OPWDD, is retiring in December. Jay Kionaga, formerly at OPWDD and currently at the Justice Center, will assume her responsibilities.
  • Donna Limiti, Director of Region 4, OPWDD, is retiring September 20. Liz Cambra will be Acting Director. Donna sent an appreciative farewell letter to the DD Council.

 

  1. City News – Sandra Piggee

City Council contracts are being returned to the City.

 

  1. IAC/Federation – Richard Bosch

Richard mentioned the small proportion of new certified residential opportunities to be developed in NYC—only 25%, essentially the same as the amount for Western NY. NYC used to get 40% or more of NYS’s new development opportunities. It is essential that NYC not be undercounted; we need to rev up outreach to people in need of certified residential opportunities. Currently, there are two waiting lists, the Residential Request List (RRL) and the Certified Residential Opportunity (CRO) list, which are managed locally. People needing residential services soon must be on the CRO list. To get someone on the CRO list, MSCs/families should contact Evette Herdsman at 646-766-3298; Evette.herdsman@opwdd.ny.gov. Matchmaking between agencies and individuals occurs at the regularly scheduled borough meetings (see attached list).

 

IAC is continuing its joint efforts on the bFair2DirectCare campaign.

 

VII. Committees

Family Support Services: Wendy De Leon and Yesenia Estrella reported that at the committee’s meeting on September 12, Carol Lincoln, Adapt Community Network, presented on CCOs. Planning for the Fair has begun. It will be held December 14 at the NY Academy of Medicine. Yesenia Estrella is overseeing work on the Directory. Agencies will be getting copies of their entries to update. They are asked to respond promptly. Volunteers are needed for the day of the Fair, as well as for the preparation of the bags the day before. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 19, 2017, 10:00 am – noon, Sinergia, 2082 Lexington Ave., 4th floor. Information: Yesenia Estrella (212) 928-5810; yestrella@esperanzacenter.com.

 

Legislative: Jim Malley reported that upcoming advocacy efforts around the budget will likely center on DSP salaries. The call letter for state agencies to submit proposed budgets is not yet out. There is no indication yet of what we can expect in the Governor’s Executive Budget.

 

Transition: Kathy Kelly stated that there are 15 June, 2017, graduates without opportunities. Some are awaiting eligibility, one person who uses a wheelchair is seeking site-based services in lower Manhattan. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:30 am – noon, AHRC, 83 Maiden Lane, 11th floor board room. Information: Kathy Kelly (212) 780-2724; kathy.kelly@ahrcnyc.org.

 

Manhattan FSS Advisory Council: Margaret Puddington reported that Kate Bishop, OPWDD, is presenting on Self-Direction: Questions & Answers at the next meeting: Monday, September 25, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm, SUS, 305 7th Ave., 11th floor.   Location may be changed due to the overwhelming response and the need to find a larger space. Information: Margaret Puddington (212) 799-2042; margaret.puddington@gmail.com.

 

MSC Committee: Carol Lincoln stated that at the next meeting, there will be CASA and START presentations: Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:00 am – noon, Adapt Community Network (formerly UCP), 80 Maiden Lane, 4th floor. Information: Carol Lincoln (718) 859-5420 x 225; clincoln@adaptcommunitynetwork.org.

 

VIII. New Business

Marco Damiani explained that DD Council Executive Committee meetings were held over the summer, where the Council’s committee structure was examined with a view to strengthening advocacy and reaching more people. At the next DD Council meeting, October 12, we will discuss this fully.