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Annual Family Connect Summit Focuses on Advocating

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On April 26th, ADAPT Community Network held its Annual Family Connect Summit, with hundreds of families, professionals and vendors in attendance.

This year’s theme was “Advocacy: An Ever-Evolving Need to Stay Current with Services and Supports,” focusing on obtaining new supports, additional services, and navigating the system with the individual in mind.

Each year, ADAPT is pleased to offer this conference filled with informative sessions – free to NYC families – who are looking to navigate rapidly changing service delivery systems.

Highlights from this year included an information session on the Front Door process of the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder & Anxiety and putting positive psychology into practice. With speakers from NYU Langone Medical Center, OPWDD, Partners Health Plan and more, families and professionals gained valuable information, insight and resources.

The day’s main plenary session, moderated by ADAPT’s CEO Ed Matthews with experts Donna Colonna, CEO for Services for the Underserved and Kate Marlay, Deputy Director, Division of Person Centered Supports at OPWDD, all shed light on managed care and case conflict-free case management under Medicaid. “Managed care is coming, but we’re in good hands,” said Matthews to the crowded room. “We will not stumble, but we work together, before we implement at all levels.”

Family Connect and our referral service, Project Connect, continue to be a go-to resource for families in need of information, opportunity, and support. We are proud to be a valuable resource to our community, contact Project Connect at or 1-877-827-2666 for additional information.

Thank you to our Breakfast Sponsors: Horizon Healthcare Staffing, Rosemont Press Inc., and Weeks Lerman, Friend Sponsors: Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC, Eden II Programs, Medisked, Park Surgical Company, SimplyHome and additional generous support from NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and NYC Council’s Autism Awareness Initiative.




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