2018 February News

CIDA’s Latest Updates & Events!
From the CIDA Newsdesk
Even though February is the shortest month of the year, CIDA has a long list of exciting news to share! We would like to share some critical updates from the New York State Education Department and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).


Policy Update
New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


States Department of Education (USDE) approved NYS’s ESSA

On January 17, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced that the United States Department of Education (USDE) approved New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. The English version of the ESSA parent information is available here: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/essa.html. New York State has not published the ESSA materials in the Korean language at the moment. CIDA will hold a special parent session in April to go over the critical shifts in ESSA

Service Alert
Big Changes in OPWDD Services


Transition to CCO/HH

OPWDD is changing the way Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) is delivered and reimbursed. These changes will also impact individuals who receive Plan of Care Support Services (PCSS). Beginning July 2018, MSC will become “Health Home Care Management” and PCSS will become “HCBS Care Management.” Both types of care management services will be delivered by a new type of organization, called a Care Coordination Organization/Health Home(CCO/HH). Service agencies have been advised that the transition will not impact any other OPWDD funded services, such as day habilitation, respite, supported employment services, and so forth. Those parents who have questions regarding these changes are welcome to join us at our Transition Workshop in March.

You can find additional information on the OPWDD Care Coordination Site: https://opwdd.ny.gov/opwdd_services_supports/care_coordination_organizations

What’s Up at CIDA

Add A Voice of Asian-American Parents

NYS Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education For Students with Disabilities

Dr. Bae, our Executive Director, has joined the Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education For Students with Disabilities, New York State Education Department. The Advisory Council was established to advise the NYS Education Department on policies and practices to improve the transition of students with disabilities to postsecondary education and training, fiscal resource needs and disability-related accommodations and supports that will assist a student with college success. Dr. Bae will serve under the Legislative/Regulation Committee subcommittee.

CIDA Collaborates with Two Korean-American Churches

CIDA is happy to announce two community collaborations for parent training. All events are part of the Community Parent Resource Center Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

http://cidainfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/fc698975-a3bb-4d34-a4e1-ac101c366640_sub1o3.pngThe Korean Church of Queens

The Church has graciously agreed to collaborate with CIDA for parent training, support groups and outreach. The Korean Church of Queens is located at 8900 23rd Ave, East Elmhurst, NY 11369.





Arumdaun Presbyterian Church


CIDA will hold a parent conference in collaboration with Beautiful Church (Arumdaun Church) on Long Island on April 18. Training sessions start at 9:30 am. Fifteen agencies will be invited to the vendor session to present various community based services, programs or classes available to the community. Arumdaun Presbyterian Church is located at 1 Arumdaun St, Bethpage, NY 11714.

Youth Programs on the Rise

Self Determination Academy


CIDA’s Self-determination academy that began in January with Group 1 -Young Adults (under the age of 26) is well under way. Self-determination is a combination of skills, knowledge, and beliefs that enable a person to engage in goal-directed, self-regulated, autonomous behavior. It is crucial for our children to learn their strengths and limitations together with a belief in themselves as capable and competent individuals. When acting by these skills and attitudes, individuals have a greater ability to take control of their lives and assume the role of successful adults in our society.


Group 2 – (High School Students) sessions of our Self Determination Academy will begin in June. Additional details will be announced soon.

New York State Transition Partner Project


CIDA has received a $2,300 mini grant from the New York State Transition Partners for a video project with a focus on reaching out to youths and young adults with disabilities. The content will be developed and focused on Self-Determination and informed decision-making during transition processes. Our youths/young adults with disabilities and their families who complete CIDA’s Self-Determination Academy will be involved in each phase of this project. CIDA will disseminate the videos and the booklets through social media, community organizations and local media.