ABCD Welcomes Guests in May and June

Published On: June 29th, 2021Categories: News

PLAN/NJ, BDO Global, The Arc of Mercer, DDD, and DDD Support Coordination Unit Join ABCD Member Forums and Committees.

Ellen Nalven and Jason Miller of PLAN/NJ joined the Support Coordination Alliance to present on the role and responsibilities of the Representative Payee to promote the well-being of the beneficiary and the supportive decision-making model of service and care.  Ellen and Jason provided a number of real-life incidences as well as answering the many questions posed by the membership.  Our thanks to PLAN/NJ for helping people with disabilities and their families through Special Needs Trust, Guardianship, Rep Payee, Life Planning and Case Management services in addition to giving advice and counsel to the provider community.

Matt Becker and Matt Brescia of BDO Global met with the CFO Forum to present and answer questions on the Paycheck Protection Program, Provider Relief Fund and Audit and Accounting Concerns.  Matt and Matt also went into detail about next steps and additional resources and offered their help to any ABCD member in need of assistance. Thanks to BDO for sharing their time and expertise with our CFO Forum.

Steve Cook, the Executive Director and Mike Courtney, Transportation Director of The Arc of Mercer County joined the May DDA meeting to present on “Total Agency Transportation.” Steve discussed how he and his staff were able to reduce the agency’s reliance on Access Link to reduce costs from $42 -$11/trip, reduce the number of agency vans from 9-4 and reduce trip time to 30 minutes.  Steve’s model uses the entire agency to provide transportation, integrating the individual into a cost effective and safe transportation infrastructure. Steve generously offered to speak with any interested ABCD member. We have no doubt he will get lots of phone calls. Thanks to Steve Cook and The Arc of Mercer for their incredible work in helping to solve the transportation issue.

Kelli Rice DDD Director of Waiver, Quality and Risk Management and Greg Leonardi of DDD presented on EVV and the role and responsibilities of the support coordinator at the June meeting of the Support Coordination Alliance. Kelli and Greg fielded lost of questions and received some great recommendations from the membership.  The SCA is very grateful for their readiness, accessibility and partnership. Thanks again, Kelli and Gregg!

Finally, Maureen McCarthy, Collette McLaughlin and Christine Broderick of DDD Support Coordination Unit attended the Quality Assurance Forum to present a complete overview of support coordination, planning team members and roles, timeframes, plan development, outcomes/services/strategies and iRecord mechanics. The group found the presentation and answers to questions very informative and appreciated support coordination taking the time to share with providers. We look forward to this continuing in the future.

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