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People First Care Coordination Now One Step Away from July Launch After Months and Miles of Prep, Tri-County Care Submits CCO Application

Tri-County Care is the Care Coordination Organization/Health Home (CCO/HH) painstakingly planned for months by the New York State Hamaspik Association (NYSHA), Hamaspik’s parent agency.


And with its full application to become a CCO sent in to New York State authorities this past Nov. 21, Tri-County Care is just one step away from its July 2018 launch date.


But what is Care Coordination, you ask?  And how will it affect me?  


If your loved one with disability has been getting supports and services from non-profit agencies like Hamaspik, New York State-wide change for the better has long been coming.


The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Hamaspik’s longtime partner, is moving full steam ahead with its People First Care Coordination plan.


But not to worry!  The changes coming with Care Coordination have been carefully thought out to significantly improve, expand and enhance the already-numerous services in existence.


In short, People First Care Coordination will move the Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSCs) out of agencies like Hamaspik and worthy others and into independent new (“Conflict Free”) non-profits.  And once there, the MSCs will continue coordinating existing disability supports and services for your loved one under the OPWDD—plus a whole bunch of new medical services in conjunction with the New York State Dept. of Health (DOH).


The several new independent organizations that will provide this expanded new care coordination are officially called Care Coordination Organizations/Health Homes (CCO/HHs).


And Tri-County Care is NYSHA’s proactive response to the coming wave of positive change.


Tri-County Care is the product of months of work and thousands of collective miles traveled by its in-house professional team for over 100 local, regional and even out-of-state planning meetings and presentations to dozens of agency executives, boards and MSCs.


That team includes Hamaspik Choice Executive Director Yoel Bernath and top lieutenants Jackie Spring and Pat Schuckle, both retired OPWDD leaders.


A more recent example of that work is the hiring of industry veteran David Mizrahi as Tri-County’s Executive Director.


With his wealth of professional OPWDD experience and years of personal advocacy for a family member affected by disability, the Spanish-fluent Mizrahi is the right man for the job.  He brings to the table deep appreciation of the cultures to comprise Tri-County’s beneficiary body—and reflects NYSHA’s and on-target dedication to building a CCO right.