First Disability-expert Health Home Program Opens in New York City
April 1, 2019
New York City – Independence Care System (ICS) has opened the first and only health home program in New York to specialize in care coordination for people with physical disabilities. This new Medicaid-funded program will help people who are at high risk for health crises remain independent, at home, in their communities, protecting them from institutional confinement.
ICS coordinates healthcare, social and community-based services, and public benefits like food stamps, housing assistance and other subsidies. Care navigators schedule medical appointments, accompany members to the doctor, educate them about their conditions, and connect them with services that can improve their health, such as nutrition, exercise, or smoking cessation programs.
Since 2000, ICS has worked to ensure that low-income New Yorkers with disabilities are able to live outside of institutions and thrive in their communities by making sure they get the services they need to be independent. Our organization’s founders put into practice the belief that disability rights are human rights, including the right to choose how and where to live. This new ICS program carries that mission forward.
Independence Care System (ICS) supports adults in New York City who live with a wide range of physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. The well-being of ICS members rests upon three pillars: mobility, health, and independence. We help our members get the services they need to live independently, in the community, rather than become confined to nursing homes or other institutions. In collaboration with our members, their families and caregivers, we advocate for the funding of essential services including homecare and personal care, wheelchairs, and other complex rehab equipment. We educate and create partnerships with healthcare providers to advance the availability of disability competent medical care. Educational and recreational offerings enrich our members’ lives and create a welcoming community for New Yorkers with disabilities and their allies. ICS mentors help members adjust to life with a disability and gain the skills to live full and vibrant lives that reflect their individual goals.
Contact: Regina Weiss
Tel: 646.653.6281 | Cell: 917.715.8789