Southern Tier Connect to Host Regional Open Forum


Southern Tier Connect to Host Regional Open Forum

ONEONTA, N.Y. – Southern Tier Connect, New York’s small, local Care Coordination Organization, will host a Regional Open Forum on February 11, 2019 at their Binghamton Office, located within the Springbrook building at 199 State Street, Binghamton, NY. This forum—which will be held from 5 – 7:00 pm— is open to current families enrolled with Southern Tier Connect as well any persons or families interested in the organization’s services.

Southern Tier Connect, along with six other care coordination organizations (CCOs) in the state, assist individuals with disabilities—as well as their families—in navigating the complex world of I/DD, health, wellness, and community supports and services. As the smallest of seven COOs in the state, Southern Tier Connect takes a personal approach to service coordination with local offices throughout a fourteen county region. Regional Open Forums will be hosted at each of Southern Tier Connect’s five branch offices.

Individuals who attend a Regional Open Forum will have the opportunity to learn more about Southern Tier Connect’s approach to care coordination as well as hear from current clients, family members and employees. The forums are also an opportunity to learn about important topics and trends regarding care coordination for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Members of Southern Tier Connect’s Regional Advisory Boards will also be present to hear directly from family members and potential clients.

When asked about Southern Tier Connect and the upcoming forum, Executive Director Meghann Andrews-Whitaker said: “We have learned many valuable lessons in the eight months we have been operating. This forum is an excellent opportunity for the individuals and families we work with to see our governance structure at work and to meet the leaders that help shape the future of our organization. Similarly, the more the Advisory Board can hear from those whom Southern Tier Connect serves, the better we can all do our jobs.”

Additional Regional Open Forums are tentatively scheduled for May 20, 2019.

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