Introducing UniFI NY: A Forum For New York Fiscal Intermediaries

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Introducing UniFI NY: A Forum For New York Fiscal Intermediaries

Annkissam is excited to invite you to UniFI NY, a forum designed for New York Fiscal Intermediaries working with OPWDD programs to learn together and share together.  Susan Kittle hosts the UniFI NY series and brings with her 30 years experience as a provider in New York State HCBS waiver services, focusing on person-centered & self-directed supports. 

Join us each month for a variety of live virtual events; all are free of charge.

Upcoming Events

Don't miss our monthly webinars with topics related to self-directed services.  

  • Creating a Circle of Support: Roles, Relationships, and Responsibilities
    • Wednesday, January 19th at 11am
      • Join us for a collaborative discussion highlighting the partnerships between care managers, FIs and support brokers. There will be time for Q&A. 
        • The panel from Tri-County CCO includes Jason Mazzuca, Jennifer Huddleston, and Ellie Cunningham.

Previous UniFI NY Events: Webinar & Network Series

  • Webinar: Housing & Self-Direction Webinar: Plan Development - Knowledge is Power
    • Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10am-11am
      Speakers: Carol Napierski, VP of Program Development & Grant Management, NY Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation and
      John Maltby, Consultant for NY Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation.
      Both are Co-Directors of the Housing Resource Center, NY Alliance.
    • Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1pm-2pm
      Speaker: Julie Marks, Fiscal Intermediary Coordinator, Saratoga Bridges.
  • Live-In Caregiver
  • Webinar: Assisting Complex Individuals
    • Wednesday, February 17, 2020 at 11am-12pm  Ready, Set, Go-Slow...What is important to consider and have in place before assisting more complex individuals through self-directed services? Facilitator: Sarah Louer, Director of Clinical Services, Mountain Lake Services
  • Webinar: Effective Collaboration; How to Manage Self-Hired SEMP with your FI
  • Webinar: IDD and the LGBTQIA Community 
    • Wednesday, ​April 21st at 11am - PrideAbility is a movement that promotes ongoing education, understanding, and respect through a network of connections and advocacy that provides support and friendship for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities who identify as LGBTQIA. Matthew Kuriloff Manager of Creative Arts Program/PWW & Advocacy, East End Disability Associates, Inc.
  • Quality Assurance Audit Protocol: Stay Ahead of Compliance
    • Wednesday, May 19th at 11am Julie Owen, Director of Customized Supports, Heritage Christian Services Charissa Moll, Associate Director of Customized Supports, Heritage Christian Services
  • Let's Get Together: FI Summit Networking Virtual Mixer
    • Monday, June 14 at 6pm ​
    • Bump into colleagues, join curated topic rooms, or just strike up conversations.  If what you miss most about conferences is the spontaneous and casual connections, this opening night mixer is for you!
  • Self-Directed Services & Housing
    • Wednesday, June 23rd at 11am Speakers from Springbrook
  • Do you want to be an FI?
    • Wednesday, July 21st at 10am
    • New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation and Annkissam have designed a one-hour virtual session for New York provider agencies considering adding self-directed services through OPWDD. Join Chris LiuzzoConsultant, NY Alliance and Susan KittleClient Success, Annkissam for an overview of self-direction and fiscal intermediary services.  
    • In the webinar, Chris and Susan will present: 
      • A brief background into the self-direction movement
      • How the program can expand your service delivery options
      • Hear success stories on self-directing  
      • Questions to consider before becoming a fiscal intermediary 
  • Web-Based Courses: Meaningful Community Classes for a Wide Range of Interest
    • Wednesday, August 18th at 11am 
      • Speaker will be Lydia Dolch - Founder of Open The Lid
        • Are you looking to support young children with communication, toilet training, self-regulation, and social skills?
        • What about adolescents and adults looking for self-advocacy, identity, belonging, meaningful relationships, and life purpose?​
        • Open the Lid has something for everyone. These classes change lives and create deep connections with virtual games, dance parties, guided conversations, and peer support (neurodivergent and neurotypical).
  • Housing: Overview, Updates and Upcoming Opportunities
    • Wednesday, September 15th at 10am
      • Please join us for an informational session on an upcoming free Housing Series. New York Housing Resource Center, through the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Housing Grant, will be hosting our annual Statewide Learning Community (SLC) for family members, individuals receiving supports, providers of services, and other housing stakeholders. The SLC includes a series of webinars on topics based on responses to our Housing Stakeholder input.
      • Topics would include but not limited to: Types of Housing, How Individual Housing Funded, Support Services and more...
  • Self-Hired SEMP: How You Can Be a Part of Successful Inclusion and Integration
    • Wednesday, October 20th at 11am
      • Join Katie Page in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month and discuss how supported employment creates opportunities.
      • What is NDEAM? During this session we will discuss this nationwide movement, lessons learned on how to break down myths and facts to effectively communicate with business. We will share a roadmap for training your staff based on ASPE's Universal Competencies and more!