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Transfer of Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Assures Continuity of Care for Consumers and Services

As Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc. transfers residences and day programs to Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, consumers and services are protected.

June 30, 2016 –Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc. (CCNS) and Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP) are pleased to announce that they have received consent on June 7, 2016 from the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to move ahead with the transfer of the operations of CCNS Residences and Day Habilitation Programs to the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State. The change of auspice will provide continuity of services to consumers and their families which is of paramount importance to all parties. The goal is to transfer services and staff to CP on or before September 30, 2016.

CCNS is required by law to give advance notice to all 435 employees and the New York State Department of Labor and unions in writing. The residences and day habilitation programs that will be operated and managed by CP effective October 1, 2016 are:
1.    L.I.C. Day Habilitation
2.    Carmen Aquilone Day Hab
3.    CADH Satellite Senior Program
4.    Caldwell Home
5.    Carmel Residence
6.    Helen Owen Carey Residence
7.    Cribbin House
8.    Donald Savio Residence
9.    Garfield Manor
10.  Golden Residence
1.    Graci Residence
2.    James Fitzpatrick Residence
3.    J.N. Hower Manor
4.    Mary Wayrick
5.    New Lots 3R, 4R, 4L
6.    Crossbay Manor/Howard Beach/Queens Manor
7.    Mugavero Manor
8.    Straus Residence
9.    Supportive Living Apt 628

The Background: As CCNS was incurring significant losses over the years operating the OPWDD Programs, CCNS and CP entered into a management agreement on August 1, 2015 in which CCNS continued to sponsor the programs while CP was retained to manage them. At the same time, the two agencies submitted the agreement to OPWDD outlining the details of the working arrangement.  Throughout the year, CCNS continued to hold the certificates of operation for the programs and CP operated them with the present location leases, caregivers, and wage rates. The Agreement enabled those served by its programs to remain where they now live, to keep the same caregivers to whom they are attached, and to preserve the jobs and income of their dedicated and skilled employees.
Rev. Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities, said, “Through it all, we remained committed to providing the highest level of services and continuity of care for a very vulnerable population and their families. We remain committed to keeping them connected to the very special services we have provided them for years. The agreement with United Cerebral Palsy has achieved that, and I am grateful that OPWDD worked with us to implement this plan.”
Ms. Susan Constantino, President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, said, “Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State and Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services share a common history and mission dedicated to providing quality service and supports for people with disabilities. A key component of our exploratory process to implement the proposal was to work with governmental leaders as we determined how best to support people, their families and their dedicated staff in the future.”

About Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ): For over 117 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, and currently offers 160-plus programs and services for children, youth, adults, seniors, those with developmental disabilities, and those struggling with mental illness. As one of the largest faith-based developers of affordable housing in the country, Catholic Charities provides 3,750 units of housing for low-income seniors, families, and the formerly homeless, with an additional 750 units of special needs housing, throughout Brooklyn and Queens. For additional information, visit our website at www.ccbq.org.
About Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP): Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State is a broad-based, multi-service organization with 24 Affiliates and 18,000 employees providing services for 100,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Through our Metropolitan Services, we offer support and services for individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities in all five Boroughs of New York City.