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Group Homes Newsletter

Teresa Cancilla Exec. Director

Published Semi-Annually September 2010 Issue




PLUS NEWSLETTER 1228 Wantagh Ave. Ste. 201 Wantagh, N.Y. 11793

Message from Board President

Dr. Phillip M. Smith We recently had a successful opening of our sixth home. The house, located at 209 N. Delaware Ave. in Massapequa, is in a very nice community. I believe this will bring out the best in our consumers as many community integration activities can take place. A host of opportunities will be available. The site is individualized for the six consumers, all of whom are "older," and for whom the environment was specifically designed. Thanks to our Executive Director, Teresa Cancilla, and all of her staff for the effort put into this arduous task and the patience to help bring an evolving challenge to fruition. Next on the agenda is the opening of our next, and last, home. The site, which is located in Levittown, is also in a very nice communityoriented neighborhood. The six consumers who will live at this


home have already been screened. We will keep you up to date on the construction progress and process developments as they occur.

Newsletter Committee Teresa Cancilla, RN Richard Maiorella, LCSW-R Stacey O'Brien, MSW Lisa Ammirati, BA

Executive Director's Corner

Teresa Cancilla, R.N.

Board of Directors Dr. Phil M. Smith, President John Younker, Vice President Sara Baker, Vice President Yvonne Laubis, Recording Sec Champshi Dedhiya, Treasurer Bea Karnette, Dr. Claude Mangum, Jill Goldberg, Kendall Flowers , Donna LoDuca

Advisory Board Charles Roberts, Esq.

In Memoriam Madeline Shaw,Pres. Emeritus Sandra Sekur William Spinrad, Ph.D. Lee Sekur Arvell Shaw Herb Dorfman Bernard Rimland, Ph.D

In order to ensure that our consumers receive the requisite care, in every aspect of their lives, and that the quality of such is what they deserve is indeed a job in itself. Much oversight of this issue is required when "our guys" seek out providers to help with services, especially in health care. Unfortunately, when others relate to those with developmental disabilities there are occasions when less than optimum care can be provided. As advocates for those who cannot make demands for themselves it is our duty and responsibility to protect the dignity and rights of those in our care. We are oftentimes confronted with situations wherein if it were not for our diligence consumers would

have been "shortchanged" in one form or another. Recently, one of our consumers had a brief stay at a hospital. I, along with my nursing staff, while performing our due diligence determined that the individual was not receiving the expected quality of care which any other person in the community would/should receive. Subsequently, I contacted the hospital administration which then led to a face-to-face meeting to discuss the matter. An apology was made to us while we were assured that such an incident would never occur again. This is but one incident. There have been others which we have resolved and also which we have averted due to our oversight. This is an ongoing responsibility and one which we remain ever vigilant of. If for some reason anyone believes that anyone in our care has not received the quality of care they deserve in any matter please advise me and I will followup.

Medical Corner

Following are signs of a stroke which all should be aware of: 1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body. 2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. 3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. 4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination. 5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause. Remember, a stroke is a medical emergency and time matters so don't delay with action. Call 911 or EMS immediately!

PLUS's Second Annual Golf Event

We have scheduled our second annual golf event. It will be held at the Hamlet Wind Watch Golf and Country Club in Hauppauge on Sept. 27th Notices will be sent to all. Save the date! Please contact our office at 516-409-9450 for additional information.

Board Changes

We have a new addition to our Board. Her name is Donna LoDuca. She comes to us recommended by Sally Baker.

Consumer Trips/Outings

Pine Grove Dude Ranch, Mall of America, MN, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Snow tubing in Mount Creek, Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos, Big Apple Circus @ Eisenhower Park, NJ Nets Game @ the IZOD Center, NY Liberty Games @ MSG.


Our agency website is up and running. Check it out at It looks great.

Recent Donations

Ridgewood Savings Bank-$1,500; State Bank- $1,500; Dorfman family- $2,000; Hazan Family (FOCUS Group)- $3,000; Pinghera (FOCUS Group)$1,000; Joe Nischo (FOCUS Group)- $250; Joan Sele FOCUS Group)- $250; Ms. Doherty (FOCUS Group) -$125; Mr. Biagio (FOCUS Group)- $125; Essex Resorts- Overnight stay; Danford's- Brunch for 2; NY Liberty- 60 tix; Applebees- $10 gift cert.; Cole Bros. Circus- 20 tix

Here's What's Coming Up

6 Flags Great Adventure, Annual Camping Trip, Port Jeff Ferry Music Cruises, Long Island Ducks games, Concerts in the Park, Summer Fairs & Festivals, Outdoor Movies in the Park.

Once Again, Please Remember

We have a Cheer Fund managed by Bea Karnette. Call Bea at 516481-1512 to request that an occasion card be sent whenever you'd like. Cards for all occasions are sent, e.g. weddings, birthdays, engagements, sympathy, birth, etc. A small donation is all that's required.



The New York State Office of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) has officially changed its name to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).


Employees from Convergent Technologies rebuilt our Merrick house's wood deck. Below is a picture of the group of volunteers along with our maintenance man, Tony. They all did a wonderful job.

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Agency Growth

As a result of the opening of our new IRA and the anticipated opening of another one we have had to change the composition of our staff. Brian Tighe has been promoted to the position of Senior Behavior Specialist/Director of Training. Brian has been with us for over 15 years. He has proven himself to be a real asset and we know he will continue to do a great job. We will also be adding two additional administrative offices to what we already have. And, unfortunately, our Nursing Supv., Tracy Hyatt, is leaving us as she is moving to California. We wish her well. She will be missed. We are in the process of hiring a new RN to replace her.

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