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For individuals and families involved with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we offer an elevated level of service for intellectual and developmental disability care. In addition to providing the service coordination support previously provided by Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSCs) organizations like CareDesign coordinate and connect individuals and families to more comprehensive services, including health, behavioral health, long-term care and all the Medicaid-funded services and supports that a person or family might need.

Individuals or families who are new to this service can contact the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) “Front Door” to start the eligibility process. There, staff from OPWDD will inform you about available services and the requirements to enter the service system, including enrolling in Medicaid if you have not already done so. You will also be given information about care coordination organizations and asked to select one of them.  The benefit of completing the OPWDD eligibility process is receiving ongoing support services for your family member and family as whole that can be funded through Medicaid and requires no out-of-pocket costs to you.

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At Citizen Advocates, we work as a team to provide the best individual, person-centered services to the people we serve. Care coordination assists clients with identifying and accessing the services that will assist them in addressing the problems they are experiencing, or that will help them to achieve a higher quality life or level of functioning.

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