Agency Updates

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Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy (AUCP) has some very exciting things coming up in the next few months. Stay tuned to our social media, website, and upcoming newsletters for more information! This is news you will sure not want to miss!

The Cause of Equality

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Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy believes that every person has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. We are proud to employ and serve people of all walks of life, including any race, religion, age, gender or disability, with respect and genuine care. Know that Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy supports the cause of equality and will always continue to do so.

AUCP Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

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For the second year, Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy offered two $1,000 scholarships to Pennsylvania graduating seniors. The 2020 recipients have been announced by their schools and we are pleased to introduce them to you: Emily P. Sherry from Central Cambria HS and Brandon Augustine from South Western HS.

Both students have plans to go into nursing and we know how important it is to support our current and future front-line workers. Thank you, Emily and Brandon, for choosing to make a lifetime commitment of ensuring the health of your community. We wish you the best of luck in all that you do.

AUCP also thanks all of our generous donors for making it possible to present these two $1,000 scholarships to Brandon and Emily. You are helping us make an impact on the future for these young adults.

If you would like to help us continue providing scholarships for future graduating high school students, you can do so by making a donation towards our Community Fund, learn more here.

Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy chosen as a Care Coordination Agency to join Community Care HUB

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Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy is honored to have been chosen to be part of the Community Care HUB in Somerset and Cambria counties.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent impact on particularly vulnerable populations requires a comprehensive, community-based approach to health now more than ever. The 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health is implementing the nationally-recognized Pathways Community HUB (HUB) model to enhance community-based care coordination and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) intervention efforts to impact the health outcomes of our most vulnerable residents.

A HUB is an organized, outcome focused, network of Care Coordination Agencies (CCAs) who hire and train community health workers (CHWs) to reach out to those at greatest risk. The HUB helps to coordinate community resources to reduce the medical, behavioral and social barriers to care, such as employment, housing and transportation, for individuals with complex health needs.

The initial priority population eligible for a HUB referral will include pregnant women living in the City of Johnstown eligible for or receiving medical assistance; and all pregnant women living in Cambria or Somerset counties who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.”

Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy provides in-home services for individuals with physical disabilities, CEO Tammy Rhoades said. “For us, this was a great opportunity to expand and to learn about the community health workers,” she said. “We are an organization with social workers, so it fits right into our work.”

Click here to read the full press release and to learn more about the Community Care HUB.

Virtually Together – A COVID-19 Update

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Since the Coronavirus outbreak, Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy has quickly adapted to the changes that came along with it. We continue to follow guidelines set by our government and affiliate agencies to ensure the health and safety of our participants and employees.

As of May 1st, our staff continues to work from their homes with limited staff rotating office days, as needed. Our Service Coordinators were already working from home the majority of the time and were prepared to continue doing so. All other staff have been provided resources and equipment to work from home with little to no disruption in their day-to-day jobs.

As you may have noticed, we have increased our weekly phone calls in effort to ensure that each participant has a backup plan for emergencies and to ensure health and safety. To meet the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) and Managed Care Organizations (MCO) required calls, the agency hired a few temporary Intake Specialists to assist with completing calls.

Although our day-to-day may look different, our mission does not change; to assist our participants in meeting their basic needs, enhancing their quality of life, and promoting their independence. Our participants’ health and safety is our main focus and as an agency we take pride and seeing this happen. The MCO’s have provided positive feedback about the way we are handling the new guidelines set in place. We are very proud of the hard work our staff does at all times, but especially in our current circumstances.

As an agency we are prepared to face whatever the future holds. We continue to monitor incoming news, learn how to best respond, and implement changes that will best support our participants and employees. Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you reach out to your Service Coordinator or by call the main office at 1-844-819-4455 to speak to a Programs Coordinator.

For state updates regarding COVID-19, go to www.health.pa.gov.

A Letter to Our Participants | Covid-19

To our participants,

As you are aware there have been many restrictions placed on society to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. We as an agency are continuing to do business, but in a modified way.

Our Service Coordinators are working remotely and have cell phones should you need to contact them. If you are unable to contact your Service Coordinator, please call our Toll-Free number at 1-844-819-4455. Staff are receiving a large volume of calls so you may need to leave a message, but it is our goal to give you a call back within 24 hours. Should there be an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

Additionally, staff will be calling you on a weekly basis to check in to be sure that you are doing okay and that your needs are being met.

Backup Plan – per the waiver you are required to have a plan in place with an informal support to assist you if an attendant is unable to cover your hours. Your Service Coordinator will ask you this question and work with you if you do not currently have a plan in place.  We ask that you be prepared.

If you should happen to be quarantined due to the virus it is imperative that you reach out to let your Coordinator know as this needs to be reported and, of course, we want to make sure that you have what you need.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Service Coordinator or by calling the main office (1-844-819-4455) to speak to a Programs Coordinator.

For state updates regarding COVID-19, go to www.health.pa.gov

Best Regards,
Kala Penrose
Director of Programs

AUCP Continues to grow

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UCP Connections to Independence has made the tough decision to no longer provide Service Coordination services to the central part of the state. They have given AUCP the opportunity to merge this portion of their agency services with ours, allowing AUCP to employ their staff and continue participant services. It is with great pride that we will be onboarding 10 of their former service coordinators and about 350 of their former participants.

We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to grow our agency and we look forward to offering our quality services to more participants throughout the state. Current AUCP participants should not expect any changes in their services due to the growth of our agency.

AUCP AmeriHealth Training

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Our AUCP AmeriHealth team participated in a two-day training at AmeriHealth Caritas Pittsburgh Headquarters earlier this week. The team was provided with intensive training and had the opportunity to do team building with AmeriHealth Caritas and other contracted Service Coordination entity staff. The broad training refreshed our team’s memory on many of the processes set in place as well as exploring new areas to better equip them in providing quality care and services to our participants who have AmeriHealth Caritas as their MCO provider under Community Health Choices.

 

Pictured from left to right: Hollie Orris, Nursing Home Coordinator; Kay Freedman, Service Coordinator; Linda Freidhoff, SC Supervisor; and Lauren Pennewill Service Coordinator.

Employment First

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Pennsylvania recently created the Employment First objective so participants receiving long-term services and supports have the option to work. If you are eager to work, but are not sure where to start, call your service coordinator or our office at 814.619.3398 to see what options are available to you.

Community Health Choices

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Community HealthChoices (CHC) coordinates your health care coverage to improve the quality of your health care experience — every participant has the opportunity to choose one of three Managed Care Organizations (MCO) including:

Each MCO uses a group of doctors, hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers to meet your health care needs.

Change can be frightening, especially when it comes to your health. We can offer you the assurance that you are under great care when you are with AUCP.

Deciding which Managed Care Organization (MCO) will be the right fit for you is your next step, here is some insight from our supervisors:

“What makes PA Health and Wellness stand out is their Medicare program, Allwell. This is for dual eligible participants and offers comprehensive health care and prescription coverage.”

– Gwen Msolomba, PA Health and Wellness Supervisor

“AmeriHealth Caritas is dedicated to assisting their participants on getting care, staying well and building healthy communities with the focus on person centered planning when accessing services for each participant.”

– Linda Freidhoff, AmeriHealth Supervisor

“UPMC offers comprehensive services and supports available to participants. They also have value-added benefits, such as smart phones and smoking cessation programs… ”

– Jessica Pulliam Petrunak, UPMC Supervisor

CHC rolled out in the Philadelphia region this January and will be rolling out in the rest of the state January 2020. For more information call 1-833-735-4416 or visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com.