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Hamaspik of Kings County MSC Making Inroads in Queens, Long Island

Hamaspik of Kings County MSC Making Inroads in Queens, Long Island

Nov. 2, '14
By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Hamaspik of Kings County Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC) Julie Bergman’s just started her 8th fantastic year with an agency that’s equally fantastic for it.  (Just ask any of the 30 individuals and their family members on her caseload—they’ll tell you how hard Julie Bergman works.)

For the past seven years, Bergman has been making their ongoing health and welfare her daily concern.  But now, she’s extending the same concern to a group of individuals in Queens and Long Island. 

Of the dozen-plus non-Kings County individuals with disabilities serviced by Hamaspik of Kings County, nine are on Bergman’s roster.

For purposes of convenience, Hamaspik of Kings County’s MSC team has in recent months pooled the handful of individuals from those locales into Ms. Bergman’s caseload—giving the agency one dedicated MSC for most outside-of-Brooklyn cases instead of all of them scattered across the team in ones and twos.

This way, when she drives out to Queens or Long Island for an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) meeting with beneficiaries and caregivers, or to visit the Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO) (the regional office of the OPWDD), she can schedule several meetings for that one day.

With the concentrated caseload taken on in recent months, Bergman intends to start developing a wider range of contacts and resources on Long Island, she informs the Gazette—with the dream of a first-ever Hamaspik office on Long Island in her mind’s eye.

The Long Island DDSO adheres to its own set of policies and procedures governing the execution of a number of OPWDD programs—a difference that Bergman takes in stride as she works to secure environmental modifications (e-mods) and other services for qualifying individuals with disabilities being serviced on Long Island by Hamaspik.

“It keeps you nice and fresh and motivated!” she says of her growing work out on the Blessed Isle.  “You can’t be complacent.”

And indeed, Hamaspik never is.