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Dear Friends:

I hope you are enjoying summer. I would like to share some information on a new statewide initiative and some upcoming educational opportunities for you.


Care Coordination

You may have heard about NYS OPWDD's new initiative: People First Care Coordination. This new approach combines healthcare, behavioral health, and community services for people who have developmental disabilities into a single, comprehensive Life Plan. To explain more about this new approach, OPWDD is providing a webinar on Monday, August 7 at 1 pm for individuals and families served through the OPWDD system. You can participate online or listen via phone. Advance registration is required. To register, click this link.

[NOTE: OPWDD's webinar filled up quickly. People may still phone in to listen to the presentation or view a recording of the webinar afterwards on the People First Care Coordination site. To phone in, please call US Toll Free: 1-844-633-8697. When prompted, enter Access code: 647 572 988  ]

In the months ahead, we at Starbridge will continue to work with you and your loved ones to navigate these changes and stay focused on your goals.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Meaningful relationships are part of a healthy, happy life for many people. For people who have disabilities, it may require deliberate cultivation to build relationships beyond a network of service providers or professionals. Internationally respected expert Dr. Al Condeluci will be back in Rochester to deliver a full-day conference - Belonging Matters - The Keys to Relationships - as part of our yearlong series on Self-Direction, Inclusion and Belonging. We hope you plan to join us at the August 17 conference. If you haven't reserved your seat yet, register today!

Do you have school-age children? If you could use a little support in getting the new school year off to a good start, you may want to attend one of the workshops in our Back to School series. These free workshops focus on topics essential to many families: Taking Care of You, Communicating with Impact, and Portfolio. You can read more or register through our event calendar at www.starbridgeinc.org/events

As always, it is a privilege to partner with you. Have a happy August!

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Kind regards,

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 Colin Garwood, President/CEO