Service Access Coordination are services offered to Nassau County, Suffolk County and Brooklyn residents at no cost providing a range of support.
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About Service Access Coordination

Service Access Coordination provides: 

• Connect eligible individuals and their families to Care Coordinators and Family Support Brokers
• Support families in navigating the HCBS (Home and Community Based) Medicaid Waiver process
• Make referrals to clinical evaluations and state, city and private programs
• Link families to community resources
• Educate families regarding their school-based services
• Promote self-advocacy skills
• Provide educational group presentation, and much more
• Support individuals and their families while navigating the initial OPWDD Eligibility Process (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities)
• Provide support during assessments, for example, life plan meetings and circle of support meetings
• Educate families regarding services within the OPWDD service system
• Assist and troubleshoot navigating the self-direction program including Family Support Service, ie: Service Access Coordination and OPWDD process
• Guidance, Direction, Information, Referrals & Linkages to Transition Related Services
• Offer Support & Expertise in Understanding & Adult Service Providers

OPWDD & Self-Direction 2024

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Virtual Lunchtime Discussion

Join us on the below dates 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday July 17, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Virtual workshop with coalition for self-direction. Join us to gain a better understanding of how to advocate within self-direction guidance parameters. 

Presenters from Coalition for Self Direction (C4SD)
Jaqueline Ceonzo, parent and Founder of SNACK | Jim Karpe, father of two young adults with IDD
“Stacey Cagan, Legal Analyst at Richman Law and Policy, mom of two sons

Learn About:
Coalition and its Mission, Goals, Events and Initiatives:
Coalition for Self-Direction (
Community Classes: Know your rights
Community Classes: Rejections & Appeals Process
Understanding Self-Direction Terminology will help you effectively advocate
Understanding Self-Direction’s successful language and terms
The Trends in Self-Direction
How to Join this Grassroots Coalition

Register by July 12, 2024. No registration fee. After registration is completed, the zoom link will be sent to you.

Thursday, August 8, 2024

Understanding IDGS and OTPS with Alison Giangregorio 

You will gain a better understanding of the self-direction categories.

RSVP by August 1, 2024

Thursday, September 19, 2024

Understanding the budget template with Alison Giangregorio

 Federal & State Medicaid—How does money move between categories?

RSVP by September 12, 2024

Thursday, October 10, 2024

Understanding the role of the Fiscal Intermediary with Alison Giangregorio

Selecting a Fiscal Intermediary that will meet your needs.

RSVP by October 3, 2024

Tuesday, November 19, 2024

New York Achieving a Better Life Experience (NY ABLE) with presenters:

Jenna McClonsky, Outreach Coordinator/Associate Administrative Analyst, for the NY ABLE program Grisel Cuprill-Davis Senior Program Officer, NY ABLE & 529 College Savings Programs

NY ABLE provides eligible individuals with disabilities a better way to save money for today’s needs and invest for the future.

RSVP by November 18, 2024

Tuesday, December 10, 2024

Employment is the Goal Adult Career Continuing Education Services (ACCES-VR) with presenter

Larry Forni MS Ed. CRC
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Statewide Transition and Youth Services

What you will learn is about your vocational options after High School, Planning for College, or Trade School, No cost youth jobs and career planning students ages 14-21, ACCES-VR can provide Vocational Rehabilitation Services for a young adult who has either, a medical, emotional, or learning disability. Services and supports are provided in order to maintain a job or work toward a career goal and competitive employment.

RSVP by December 9, 2024 

No registration fee. A zoom link will be sent the day before the presentation.

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