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With More MSCs, Hamaspik of Kings Meeting Brooklyn’s Ever-more Needs

May 9, 2017            

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

“So many people need it!” responds Shalva Sashitzky, R.N., MSC Supervisor at Hamaspik of Kings County, as well as official nurse for its Day Habilitation (Day Hab) and Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) programs.  “The need is so great—we’re hiring to enable us to fill that need.”

The Gazette just asked her if the gaggle of new Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSCs) hired relatively recently by Hamaspik’s Brooklyn offices merely replaced others who had moved on.

That turns out to be hardly the case.

In the last year-plus, not coincidentally with the increasing effectiveness of the OPWDD’s “Front Door” services application system, Hamaspik offices everywhere have been seeing MSC growth.

What with community members applying for and securing disability services and supports, Hamaspik of Kings County, in a robust ongoing response, is taking on a new crop of MSCs.

Agency MSC Mrs. Raizy Rosenfeld was the first of that new wave, followed shortly by Mrs. Esther Reches.  In March, Hamaspik’s Williamsburg offices welcomed MSC Mrs. Rivka Schwartz, whose certified life-coaching skills boost Hamaspik’s already-turbocharged advocacy for its people.  And rounding out the new crew is MSC Mrs. Chaya Ringel, joining Hamaspik early this April.

But Hamaspik’s new MSCs don’t just accommodate community members now getting supports from the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

A significant and growing number of individuals in need have been qualifying for the NHTD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) programs.

Both of those complex and comprehensive services are provided through Hamaspik by the New York State Dept. of Health (DOH)—necessitating specialized Hamaspik MSCs of their own.

And with a growing contingent of Hamaspik of Kings County MSCs focusing just on NHTD/TBI, or even just NHTD, that contingent needed a supervisor of its own.

Longtime MSC Mrs. Silberman was hence tapped as the agency’s second NHTD/OPWDD Supervisor, sharing daily oversight of the agency’s dozen-plus MSCs with Mrs. Sashitzky.

That change not only gave Supervisor Sashitzky, a registered nurse, a lighter MSC-related workload, but also freed her up to apply her medical skills at Hamaspik’s Day Hab, NHTD and TBI programs.

Previously covering all OPWDD-required nursing roles at those Day Habs was group-home and Family Care nurse Judy Schwartz, R.N.—now likewise freed up to tend just to those programs.

Besides its four newest members, Hamaspik of Kings County’s MSC corps consists of Mrs. Julie Bergman, Mrs. Zelma Feldman, Mrs. Chedva Freund, Mrs. Yaffa Schuler, Ms. Chava Goldstein, Ms. Sarah Mindy Leitner, and Ms. Frimet Strulovic.

They are joined by MSCs Mr. David Weber and Mr. Naftuli Weiser, who work exclusively with the menfolk per community cultural custom, as well as by NHTD MSCs Mrs. Surie Katz and Mrs. Sara Lowinger, and NHTD/TBI MSC Mrs. Chava Laufer.

The communities long supported by Hamaspik in the Brooklyn enclaves of Borough Park and Williamsburg have long equated Hamaspik with authority in all things disability-related.

It is that grassroots reputation that drove Hamaspik of Kings County’s recent MSC workforce expansion.

And it is the ongoing superlative performance of Hamaspik’s handpicked newest MSCs that drive that ever-expanding positive grassroots reputation.