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On Cutting Edge of Providing Community Supports, NYSHA Embraces IPSIDD Program

September 26, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

New Off-site Therapy Services for People with Special Needs to be Offered to Community

Responding nimbly and efficiently to the modification of an existing New York State program, the New York State Hamaspik Association (NYSHA) will be offering a brand-new special-needs therapy services program to further serve the disability community.

The new program, tentatively named Tri-County Medical Care, P.C., will be opening within the next two months if state and federal approval arrives as expected, explains Joel Brecher, Director of NYSHA’s Article 16 Clinic. 

That Clinic, busy with seeing dozens of patients each week as it has been since opening in 2011, has also been operating at its maximum capacity (“cap”) of allotted “slots.”

Complementing that busy clinic on a parallel track will be Tri-County Medical Care, P.C.

As any existing Article 16 Clinic like the NYSHA Clinic, Tri-County Medical Care, P.C. will also be providing occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), speech-language pathology (SLP), psychology and social work to the individuals with special needs.

However, Tri-County Medical Care, P.C., and therapy services programs like it in the works, carries the official label of Professional Corporation (PC), not Article 16 Clinic.

To explain:

In April of this year, the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Hamaspik’s primary public-sector partner since 1986, announced the modification of a program called Preventive Services.

Now renamed the Independent Practitioner Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities State Plan Option, or IPSIDD for short, the amended program allows the aforementioned professionals to independently see and treat patients who otherwise would be seen at Article 16 Clinics.

Article 16 Clinics, named for the subsection of New York State disability law that created them, serve as dedicated therapy centers for people with disabilities who cannot visit mainstream caregivers for any number of reasons.

Under the newly-created IPSIDD program, though, licensed OTs, PTs and other professionals—with at least two years of disability care experience and OPWDD approval—can form groups called Professional Corporations (PCs) and directly bill Medicaid as a so-called group practice.

Tri-County Medical Care will be one such group practice PC.

The unfolding development underscores Hamaspik’s mission of serving as communal and cultural interface between state agencies like the OPWDD, the Dept. of Health (DOH) and others and the growing communities (and their needs) that Hamaspik serves.