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.