Northern Rivers Family Services, Hillside Family of Agencies, and the New York Care Coordination Program (including Health Homes of Upstate New York- HHUNY) are pleased to announce an emerging partnership aimed at creating a Family Driven Child and Adolescent Health Home that will cover much of upstate New York . Our proposed care management model will satisfy all Health Home requirements. At the same time it will put the family in the center of coordinating their child’s care with the coaching, support, and assistance of the care manager. Hillside and Northern Rivers will use their extensive experience to assure that our model accommodates the special circumstances faced by children and families. We will also organize a strong network of down-stream care management organizations in counties across the upstate region, as well as a large network of service providers, who wish to work with the families and the Health Home to improve service coordination for this vulnerable population. In addition, the Hillside/Northern Rivers Health Home will adapt infrastructure created by the HHUNY Adult Health Homes so the strength and learning created by operating adult Health Homes can be used in the operation of the children’s Health Home.
In an effort to share our plans with the regional partners involved in the care for children and youth, Hillside and Northern Rivers will hold a number of regional forums across upstate New York over the next few weeks. The forum that will provide information to organizations supporting children and youth in the Capital Region (counties including Albany, Schenectady, Greene, Columbia, Schoharie, Montgomery and Rensselaer) will take place on May 22, 2014 from 10:30 am until Noon at the Northern Rivers SATRI Building, Parsons Child and Family Center, 60 Academy Road, Albany, NY 12208. The agenda will cover topics which we hope will be of interest to you including:
* What is a Health Home?
* Update on the rollout of Adult Health Home Care Management in New York State
* Planning currently underway by NYS Department of Health to implement Children’s Health Homes by January 1, 2015
* Overview of the Hillside- Northern Rivers vision and plans for a regional Family Driven Child and Adolescent Health Home
* Review of ways in which interested children and youth providers may become involved
We would appreciate hearing your thoughts about how we can take full advantage of this very important New York State undertaking. If you, or someone from your organization, are able to attend this session, please let us know by contacting Kathy Berthod at email@example.com or 585-613-7665. If you are interested in attending, but are not providing services in one of the above counties, please speak with Kathy Berthod and she can let you know of the dates of the other regional meetings now being planned. And of course , if you know of someone who you believe should be invited, please pass this invitation along to them.
If you have questions for members of the Hillside-Northern Rivers Family Driven Child and Adolescent Health Home Planning Team that you would like to discuss prior to the meeting on May 22, please feel free to contact either Clyde Comstock or Ray Schimmer using the information provided below.
We look forward to your participation.
Thank you very much.
Clyde Comstock, COO
Hillside Family of Agencies
Raymond Schimmer, President and CEO
Northern Rivers Family Services
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