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William "Bill" Sammis, CEO at CRVI, is a recognized leader and known for his progressive, innovative ideas and ability to present view points, issues and perceptions with a level of clarity and purpose.  Stay up to date on issues and discussions that affect the Crystal Run Village community. 

OPWDD Leadership Conference

OPWDD update on NYS Budget

OPWDD Spring Newsletter

Administrative Support Building Progress

OPWDD celebrates Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Day

LifePlan CCO Family Forum Cancelled

Due to the weather forecast for snow tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21st, the LifePlan Family Forum scheduled for 6:00 pm at Jawonio in Rockland County has been cancelled. The Forum will be rescheduled for a future date.

New Announcement from OPWDD - Public Forms will be held to discuss the transition to Care Coordination

Integrated Supportive Housing Webinars

Message from OPWDD regarding Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is pleased to share the Final Draft Waiver Transition Plan which lays out New York State’s path to a more flexible service system that is responsive to the changing needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Transition Plan is required for our move to New York State’s 1115 Waiver, and for the development of Care Coordination Organizations which will provide Health Home Care Management services.

The State appreciates the thoughtful comments submitted by numerous individuals and organizations during the December 5, 2017 through January 5, 2018 public comment period. The Final Draft Waiver Transition Plan reflects changes based on your feedback, including:

• The renaming of the Care Management opt-out option to “Basic HCBS Plan Support”;
• An extended timeframe for completion of the initial Life Plan to align with each individual’s person centered review schedule;
• Modification to the Health Home Checklist to include a signature line for the individual, family member or guardian;
• Clarification on the impact on children enrolled in the OPWDD Care At Home (CAH) Waiver; and
• Additional detail surrounding Phase II & III implementation plans.

A comprehensive summary of the 1115 Transition Plan Response to Public Comment document that includes the State’s response is available at https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/medicaid_health_homes/idd/draft_idd_1115_waiver.htm. This document will be submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for review and final approval.

While the Transition Plan includes activities planned for the move to managed care over a five-year period, the full implementation of managed care in our system will depend on the experiences of people served during the earlier phases of this transition period. The Transition Plan will be updated and we will share our progress with you as we move forward.

Life Plan Care Coordination Family Meeting

OPWDD Webinar on 2/15/2018

From the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation:

Families Join the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition

Monday is a very significant day in our nation’s history.

Happy New Year

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I look forward to an exciting 2018 at CRVI.

Enjoy your holiday and travel safely!

Bill

Happy Holidays!!!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season! 2018 will be an exciting year at CRVI.

Bill

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be interviewed by Bob DeFelice for his talk show on FOX Radio. During the 30 minute interview, we discussed developments at CRVI and the changes in our system.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

I especially want to thank all of our staff, many of whom will be working during the holiday. I truly appreciate your commitment to CRVI’s mission.

Bill

People First Care Coordination: Announcement of Additional Forums

Thank You to All of Our Veterans

Happy Veteran’s Day to all!
Thank you to each one of you that have served this country! It is greatly appreciated.

Bill

Annual Luncheon

I want to say “Thank you” to all of the staff who attended the Annual Luncheon yesterday. We could not have this great event without your support. It is truly a day that focuses on our mission and reminds everyone of the importance of the supports we provide to people. There were smiling faces throughout the room and that is because of you.

I really appreciate all of your efforts today and every day. Thank you again!

Bill

Family Fun Day!

I would like to say thank you to all of the volunteers who helped at the event today. I also would like to thank all of our staff who helped make it possible for the individuals we support attend. Whether you came to the event or worked at one of the programs/houses, your efforts made it possible for people to enjoy the day.

Family Fun Day is a great example of our New Directions… New Lives initiative. Thank you again for making it possible!

Bill

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day everyone! Thank you to all of our hardworking staff. We could not be successful without you! Bill

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

This year Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is held from September 10-16, 2017. Let’s make sure we thank all of our dedicated staff for their efforts. They deserve to be recognized year round!

Bill

Here is a reminder from OPWDD regarding voter registration

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July – Celebrate our independence today! I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Bill

Happy Father's Day!

I would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s in the CRVI family. Enjoy your well deserved day! Bill

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to all!

I hope you enjoy the holiday. We should take a few minutes today to reflect on the sacrifices made by current and past members of our military to ensure our freedom.

They deserve a huge “thank you” from our entire country.

Bill

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

I want to wish all of the mother’s a very Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you all enjoy your special day! Bill

National Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week runs from 5/6/17 through 5/12/17.

I would like to say thank you to all of our Nursing staff. I appreciate all of your contributions towards CRVI success!

Have a great week!

Bill