Important Informational Meetings Scheduled About Medicaid Service Coordination. Everyone is invited to attend.

The current MSC program is being transformed by OPWDD to Care Coordination. This is due to a federal government requirement. As of July 1, 2018 MSC agencies will no longer provide this service since Care Coordination will be provided by Care Coordinators who will work for a Care Coordination Organization (CCO). Care Design NY (CDNY) will be the CCO in your region that The Arc of Dutchess along with many other Hudson Valley providers is choosing to partner with.

What does this mean? It means that CDNY plans to transition (hire) the MSC staff from your current agency to CDNY. All current MSC’s and their supervisors are going to be offered Care Coordination jobs with CDNY. They will continue to be based out of the same geographic area, and we hope that this will be a seamless transition where you can keep your current MSC as your Care Coordinator, if this is your preference.

How is Care Coordination different? Care Coordination is designed to enhance the current MSC service you currently have, not reduce it. It builds on the current MSC service to include the coordination of a person’s health services into the existing mix of OPWDD and other community based services.

CDNY has been created through a partnership of MSC agencies throughout New York State. We come together as agencies with a rich history of providing person-centered supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This will be done through regional hubs in your local area, so the supports will still be readily accessible to you in your own community.

Individuals with Disabilities and their Family Members/Advocates!

We are pleased to invite you to attend a meeting to learn more about the transition of MSC services to Care Coordination.  The meetings are sponsored by several Hudson Valley providers MSC agency and CareDesign NY, the new Care Coordination Organization that The Arc of Dutchess is affiliating with.

We are offering these meeting dates and times, so you can choose the one that works best for you. At the meeting we will do a brief presentation and allow lots of time to have all your questions answered.

See next page for meeting dates and times. Please join us!

 Monday, November 20, 2017, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Camp Venture Center, 230 NY-340, Sparkill

RSVP: Barbara Voellinger, 845-624-3861

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

HeartShare Day Hab, 159-05 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, Queens

RSVP:  Mary Scheulen, 718-422-3277 or

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm
YAI, 460 W. 34th St., 12th Floor, New York, NY

RSVP: Sarah Mills,


Access: Supports for Living, 67 Windsor Highway, New Windsor


RSVP:  Allison Horan, or 845-673-7105

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Greystone Programs, Inc., 2070 Route 52, Building 330D, 2nd Floor, Hopewell Junction

RSVP: Amanda Nuccio, 845-451-5772 Ext. 120 or

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Arc of Ulster-Greene, 471 Albany Ave, Kingston

RSVP: Connie Creeden-Muller,, 845-331-4300 x212

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00pm- 8:00pm

The Arc of Rockland, 25 Hemlock Drive, Congers

RSVP: Anne Trovato,, 845-267-2500 ext. 3279

Refreshments will be available.

Think Differently Dash

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Arc of Dutchess will once again participate in the ‘Think Differently Dash’ on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The Dash is a 1 mile run/walk celebrating individuals with special abilities. ALL are welcome to participate. Please contact  for more information and to register.

Hope to see you there!

The Dutchess County THINK DIFFERENTLY initiative spotlights people in our community with physical or developmental disabilities and ensures that every individual, regardless of ability, has access to community resources.

Please Click here to register.


Special Olympics

Dutchess County had the honor of hosting the New York State Winter Special Olympics again this year and The Arc of Dutchess was pleased to be a GOLD Sponsor. The games included alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, floor hockey and figure skating.  The opening ceremony and every event were packed and buzzing with excitement. Record numbers of spectators, volunteers, and ‘Fans in the Stands’ came out on the gorgeous late winter day to show support to over 850 athletes from all across the state.  And this year we had SNOW! We are proud to say that 9 of the athletes representing the Hudson Valley Region are affiliated with The Arc of Dutchess and competed in snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There were over 60 registered volunteers from The Arc of Dutchess working as coaches, volunteers, and fans with even more arriving as spectators.

These athletes were awe-inspiring to all of us: with determination to do their best and give all they had; their comradery before and after each event; their sportsmanship on several occasions; and the pure joy of competing and performing. Receiving medals was exciting, no doubt, but the true enthusiasm for the day was witnessed time and again during the games. Congratulations to ALL of the amazing athletes!


We were particularly proud of our own, Kathi Nolan, Coordinator of Employment Services, who received the NYS Special Olympics Coach of the Year! Congratulations, Kathi! This honor was well-deserved.