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ADHCC Update - Jan 4, 2019

Good afternoon ADHCC members,


We have several important updates to share this week:


  • ADHCC announces the 2019 Board of Directors
  • Register today for Advocacy Day, Feb. 5, 2019
  • Program Survey Report (PSR) for ADHC programs due Jan. 31st
  • New York State releases caregiver guide
  • Save the Date: ADHC Annual Conference, April 3-5, 2019, Saratoga Springs
  • ADHCC shares 2018 Accomplishments


We are pleased to announce the election results for the 2019 ADHCC Board of Directors. Thank you to those who ran for office and those who voted in the election. The memo with contact information for each board member is attached to this email.


Executive committee:

Chair elect: Kelly VanDeMar, Friends for the Day, Newark

Chair: MacKenzie Bellinger, Lewis County General Hospital ADHC, Lowville (not on ballot)

Immediate past chair: Jeraldine Fedoriw, Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation ADHC, Commack (not on ballot)

Secretary: Mary Beth Heinicke, Cold Spring Hills ADHC, Woodbury

Treasurer: Kathy Cocciole, Seneca Hill Manor, Oswego


Regional Representatives:

Region 1: Jamie Ridout, Schofield ADHC, Buffalo

Region 2: Amanda Bement, Day Timers ADHC, Rochester

Region 3: Jackie Tier, Cortland Regional Nursing & Rehabilitation Center ADHC, Cortland

Region 4: Sue Spina, St. Luke’s Home ADHC, Utica

Region 5: Donna Hervieux, Eddy DayBreak Cohoes, Cohoes

Region 6: vacant

Region 7: Josephine Tramontana, Sunrise ADHC, Brooklyn

Region 8: Anne Marie Sarich, The Orzac Center for Rehabilitation ADHC, Valley Stream


Welcome to the 2019 Legislative Session! Advocacy Day is Tues., Feb. 5! Every year, ADHCC members travel to Albany to meet with their elected officials and advocate for ADHC. This is your chance to talk about the value and importance of your ADHC program located in the legislator’s district. There are several new members of the Senate and Assembly and we want to meet with as many of them as possible. We fully anticipate the proposed Executive Budget will include a proposal to eliminate Method 1 transportation. This has been our biggest issue for the past three budget cycles. We will need your help to successfully defeat this again!

Advocate for Method 1 transportation by registering here for Advocacy Day Feb. 5.

After you register, you must call the legislator in your district and schedule an appointment. Click here to find your legislator. If you would like assistance identifying your legislators and scheduling visits, please contact Drue Barton dbarton@leadingageny.org. We are also available and very happy to accompany you on visits. Please avoid scheduling visits between 12-1 p.m. when we will host a luncheon and invite legislators to speak.

Advocacy Day materials, including issue briefs, talking points and directions to Albany will be developed after our budget analysis and will be available in advance of advocacy day.


If you are interested in learning more or have questions about Advocacy Day, please contact us!


See you on February 5th!


The 2018 PSR for ADHC providers must be completed and sent to your DOH regional office by Jan. 31, 2019. For more information on the PSR, please see the ADHCC memo attached to this email.


On Dec. 19th, the Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), released the "New York State Caregiver Guide" for family members and friends who care for older adults or people with disabilities. The Guide, which is available only in print format, provides information on topics such as "Communicating with Healthcare Professionals," "Legal and Financial Planning," and "Creating Your Care Team." In a statement accompanying the release of the Guide, Greg Olsen, acting director of NYSOFA, noted that there are more than four million caregivers across New York State who provide more than 2.6 billion hours of care to loved ones at any given time each year.

The 140-page publication comes in a box with a pen, a notepad, and sticky notes. In its first run, 1,000 copies have been published for distribution at the following sites:

  • New York City: CaringKind, Presbyterian Senior Services
  • Capital Region: St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Eddy Alzheimer's Services
  • Finger Lakes: Lifespan
  • Western New York: Alzheimer's Association, WNY
  • Statewide: New York Independent Living Open Doors Program

More information about the Guide is available here. NYSOFA makes available digital caregiver resources here.


Save the Date: ADHC annual conference will be April 3-5, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs. This year we will be offering a “pre-conference” intensive session on person-centered care planning Wed., April 3rd. The pre-conference will be from 1-5pm. The full conference will kick off Thurs., April 4th and conclude by lunch time on Fri. Registration and the complete conference brochure is coming soon! Thank you to the conference committee members who helped develop the dynamic program.


What has the ADHCC done for you lately? Download the 2018 Accomplishments page here to find out!