The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org) continues to develop innovative employment and service options for people with developmental disabilities, even amidst the continued challenges of a global pandemic. A few of the highlights from 2021 include: The completion of a successful capital campaign at the main services building in Jefferson County, the purchase of the facility located on Bradley Street in Watertown, and the creation of the Bridges program for young people.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org) announced the development of a new program, called “Bridges.” This new service coordinates services formerly provided through the agency’s Transitions and Children & Youth programs.
Bridges provides site-based and community-based services that target skill development and allow age appropriate advancement based on each person’s needs and individual goals. Bridges enhances independent living and social skills using real-life experiences. As young people grow towards adulthood, supports are geared towards enhanced self-reliance in both home and community settings.
St. Lawrence County
Self-Direction assists people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families to choose and manage their own budgets and services. Self-Direction not only offers people supported greater choice and control over the supports they receive, but it also expands their options beyond traditional programs to include services such as community classes or training, gym memberships, camps, and reimbursements for software, internet, or cell phones.
St. Lawrence County
The Fiscal Intermediary provides a multitude of supports, including providing a complaint hiring process with requisite background checks, required training to staff, payroll and benefits (when applicable) and reimbursements based upon the individualized plan/budget. The Fiscal Intermediary is also responsible to collect and review all required paperwork and documentation to ensure compliance with Medicaid/OPWDD payments.
St. Lawrence County
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org) announced that Heather Romanek is the recipient of The Arc New York’s Self-Advocate of the Year Award and Michael Borrelli was selected for the Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professional Excellence Award. These awards were presented during the State-wide, virtual annual meeting held this Fall.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence’s (www.thearcjslc.org), Board of Directors and management team recognized employees celebrating a milestone for longevity in service during the 2021 virtual annual meeting.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org), recently held their Annual Meeting to elect the officers for the Board of Directors, as well as honor employees, volunteers, and individuals supported by the agency. The 2021-2022 elected officers for The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Board of Directors are as follows: Jackie Sauter, President; Jennifer VanReenen, Vice President; and Joanne Rhode, Secretary/Treasurer.
In honor of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org), announced that Fellipe “Flip” Johnson of Watertown was awarded the distinction of “William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer,” from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID.)
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (www.thearcjslc.org) announced that federal contract custodial staff at the two separate sites were honored with the Commendable Service Award from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). This distinguished award was presented in recognition of the work done during the pandemic at the Robert C. McEwen Ogdensburg Custom House and Massena Land Port of Entry. These federal contracts employ people with disabilities though the SourceAmerica, AbilityOne Program.