“People First” Aims to Improve Care for New Yorkers with Disabilities

A mortgage banking law practice, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., maintains ties with a number of organizations that serve adults and children with disabilities. Among those most closely connected to Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates is AHRC Nassau, one of the region’s preeminent advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities.

For over 60 years, AHRC Nassau has supported citizens with developmental disabilities. Today, the organization provides over 2,000 individuals with residential services, vocational training, recreation, family support, and an array of community-based services. In addition, AHRC aims to raise community awareness of the challenges and opportunities experienced by people with disabilities.

AHRC and seven other organizations were recently selected to debut the People First Waiver. The program, which is also known as the 1115 Waiver, will test the State of New York’s new approach to allocating funds for providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The intention of People First is to move away from the state’s current fee-based billing scheme and toward a more efficient managed-care system. Under the pilot program, in which 1,000 local citizens will be included, the state will allocate a budget on a per-person, per-month basis, rather than on the basis of individual services billed. The People First Waiver aims to use state funds more efficiently, while providing more flexible and individualized care for those people with developmental disabilities who benefit from organizations like AHRC.

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