As a service provider for individuals with disabilities, the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania is strongly committed to ensuring that amidst the transition to Community HealthChoices, individuals with disabilities in our state are able to continue receiving all services that will enable them to live well.
Therefore, we have taken an active role in advocating on behalf of the disability community to the decision-makers who will help determine the quality, duration and types of services provided by Managed Care Organizations under this new managed care model. In addition, we are working with Managed Care Organizations to coordinate in-person meetings with consumers and stakeholders, providing the disability community with an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback. This month, we held our first open meeting between AmeriHealth Caritas and our community—check out the highlights here.
In addition to providing our consumers and stakeholders with the opportunity to interact with Managed Care Organizations, our staff has made it a priority to use our position as a provider organization to advocate on behalf of the disability community. As an individual with a disability myself, I am personally committed to using my voice to advocate for comprehensive services that enable individuals with disabilities to live well. Recently, I wrote a piece on “needs vs. wants” and distributed it to my network of individuals at Managed Care Organizations—check it out here.
We appreciate your questions, comments and personal testimonies during this time of transition. It’s important for us to remember that we are all on the same team—providers, consumers, Managed Care Organizations, etc. We all want individuals with disabilities to obtain the services necessary to live well. Let’s work together to make this a reality.
CEO, Center for Independent Living of Central Pa. (CILCP)
Needs vs. Wants
A Letter from CEO Theo Braddy
CILCP’s CEO Theo Braddy wrote a compelling letter entitled “Needs vs. Wants” and it’s getting great feedback from the disability community, read the full letter here.
CILCP Hosts Meeting with AmeriHealth Caritas
We hosted an open meeting between consumers, stakeholders and AmeriHealth Caritas, one of three contracted Managed Care Organizations selected to provide services under Community HealthChoices. Get the highlights here.
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
We’re participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 19th with a goal to raise funds to reduce rider fees through Living Well Transport Services.
Our goal was to raise $15,000—as of March 28th, the CILCP has already raised $13,800. As a result of our impressive progress, we’ve raised our fundraising goal to $20,000. Donations will be accepted through June 30th.
Visit our sponsorship page to meet the individuals and organizations who have donated or registered to walk.
This week we are running a Facebook challenge—for every $20 an individual donates to the Highmark Walk from now through April 3rd, they will be given a chance to win a $25 Karns gift card and a $25 Macy’s gift card. The larger the donation, the greater your chance of winning!
To donate or register to walk, visit the walk page on the CILCP website.
At the beginning of this year, we piloted an eight-week program for young adults with disabilities. Read the testimonies of students who participated.
Life-Changer of the Month
Living Well Specialist by weekday, food truck entrepreneur by weekend, this month’s life-changer has an array of passions—from youth transition to BBQ.
Register today: https://pihec.regfox.com/disability-pride-and-empowerment