The Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council (MISCC)

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The Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council (MISCC)

Overview

Overview

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Background

In its 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that States, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), have an obligation to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

New York State developed a comprehensive Olmstead Implementation Plan in 2013 that addressed four primary domains: housing, employment, transportation, and community engagement. New York's Olmstead Implementation Plan affirmed the State’s position as a national leader related to the rights of individuals with disabilities. The oversight body for New York’s work in this arena is the Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council.

Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council

The Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council (MISCC) was established by Chapter 551 of the Laws of 2002. The MISCC is responsible for ensuring that New Yorkers of all ages with physical, intellectual, developmental, and mental health disabilities receive care and services in the most integrated settings appropriate to their individual needs.

New York State’s first ever Chief Disability Officer, Kim Hill, now leads the MISCC. Kim Hill has made serving individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting a top priority throughout her career.

The Council is a cross-systems partnership consisting of representatives from multiple state agencies and nine appointed public representatives. The NYS Agency Council Members include the Office of Mental Health, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Health, the Office for the Aging, the Education Department inclusive of the Adult Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation, the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the Department of Transportation, the Office of Children and Family Services inclusive of the Commission for the Blind, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

Together, these agencies, in partnership and collaboration with public advocates and community based partners, are working hard to ensure that all New Yorkers with disabilities are afforded the opportunity to live lives of inclusion where people live, work, travel, and engage in their community. Kim Hill and the MISCC have set updating the State’s 2013 Olmstead Plan as a focus of their work.


Meetings

Meetings

Upcoming MISCC Meetings:

December 12, 2023: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6
Meeting Agenda

Past MISCC Meetings:

September 6, 2023: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6
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June 27, 2023: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6
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December 1, 2022: 1:00 - 3:00pm
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March 23, 2022: 1:00 - 3:00pm
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September 29, 2021: 1:00 - 3:00pm
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June 30, 2021: 1:00 - 3:00pm
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March 24, 2021: 1:00 - 3:00pm
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December 9, 2020: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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September 23, 2020: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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June 29, 2020: 10:00am - 12:00pm
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September 5, 2018: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - CANCELED
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6

December 6, 2018: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6

June 13, 2018: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6
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Meeting Agenda

April 16, 2018: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6
Meeting Agenda

November 15, 2017: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6
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Meeting Agenda

September 7, 2017 - *CANCELED*
1 PM - 3 PM
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 6

May 11, 2017: 1 PM - 3 PM
Empire State Plaza, Meeting Rooms 2-4

February 9, 2017 - *CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER*
Empire State Plaza


Documents

Documents

The 2010-12 MISCC Plan identifies baseline data and creates measureable agency specific housing, employment, transportation and long term care goals that will assist New Yorkers with disabilities to avoid institutionalization and live in the most integrated settings.

THE MISCC PLAN

Additional Documents

MISCC Bylaws

The Olmstead v. L.C. Decision

Executive Order 84: Establishing the Olmstead Plan Development and Implementation Cabinet


Success Stories

Success Stories

With the implementation of the Olmstead plan, New York has become a leader in transitioning people out of institutional settings. Their individual stories provide insight into how the Olmstead decision and New York’s Olmstead plan implementation have positively affected their lives:

Kevin R. moved from a developmental center to a community residence in August of 2013. Kevin now works as a custodian while he learns to effectively manage his money. While living in a home, he has the responsibilities that accompany it: keeping the house clean, doing laundry, learning to cook; all being mastered with an eye towards further independence. His mother, who he contacts once a week, says she has also noticed a change with his openness during conversations. Kevin has always been a quiet person who used to spend most of his time in his room. Today, he is more confident, outgoing, and self-directed.

Mark T. resided in Monroe Developmental Center for many years. While there, he had a difficult time staying healthy; he was not motivated to exercise or eat right despite several attempts to address his health and weight issues. After making progress at the center, he moved to a community residence where a new Mark emerged. Today, he prepares a salad every day to for lunch. He follows his own diet, walks, and maintains great health. Mark says living in the community "makes me feel really good, really happy. There is no fence and I'm not closed in. It is wide open and just trees. The people in my group home are like my family and I do things with them like a family, like go shopping, go for walks, and go to movies."

Jeremy D. has made a strong transition from institutional to community living. He budgets his own money, is eager to further his vocational experience, and someday would like a job in the community where he can apply his yard work skills. Jeremy has also been able to pursue his passion for auto mechanics since his community transition and has strengthened his relationship with his father who introduced him to the world of engine-building.


Contact

Contact

Contact MISCC at [email protected] with feedback, questions or concerns.


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Council Members

Council Members

Experts:

Name: Bruce Darling
Location: Monroe County
Background Qualification: Seniors with Disabilities Expertise
Expenses: N/A

Name: Athena Dent-Alleyne
Location: Westchester County
Background Qualification: Consumer of Services
Expenses: N/A

Name: Margo Downey
Location: Erie County
Background Qualification: Community Services Expertise
Expenses: N/A

Name: Denise Figueroa
Location: Albany County
Background Qualification: Consumer of Services
Expenses: N/A

Name: Douglas Hovey
Location: Orange County
Background Qualification: Community Services Expertise
Expenses: N/A

Name: Becky Preve
Location: Franklin County
Background Qualification: Seniors with Disabilities Expertise
Expenses: N/A

Name: Carol Raphael
Location:
Background Qualification: Seniors with Disabilities Expertise
Expenses: N/A

Name: Harvey Rosenthal
Location: Washington County
Background Qualification: Community Services Expertise
Expenses: N/A

Name: Vacant
Location:
Background Qualification: Consumer of Services
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Agency Representatives:

Name: Rachel Baker
Location: Schenectady County
Agency: NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Title: Senior Advisor to the Commissioner
Expenses: N/A

Name: Patricia Bowes
Location: Columbia County
Agency: NYS Office of Mental Health
Title: Director of Intergovernmental Relations
Expenses: N/A

Name: Shannon Cantiello
Location: Albany County
Agency: NYS Justice Center
Title: Chief of Staff
Expenses: N/A

Name: John Cochran
Location: Albany County
Agency: New York State Office for the Aging
Title: Chief of Staff
Expenses: N/A

Name: Carmelita Cruz
Location: Albany County
Agency: NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports
Title: Executive Equity Officer
Expenses: N/A

Name: Ross Farrell
Location: Albany County
Agency: NYS Department of Transportation
Title: Director of Public Transit Bureau
Expenses: N/A

Name: Alan Gallagher
Location: Rensselaer County
Agency: New York State Department of Labor
Title: DEI State Lead
Expenses: N/A

Name: Brett Hebner
Location: Saratoga County
Agency: NYS Homes and Community Renewal
Title: Vice President of Multifamily Finance
Expenses: N/A

Name: Adam Herbst
Location: New York County
Agency: NYS Department of Health
Title: Deputy Commissioner on Aging and Long Term Care
Expenses: N/A

Name: Kim Hill
Location: Albany County
Agency: NYS Executive Chamber
Title: NYS Chief Disability Officer
Expenses: N/A

Name: Janet Ho
Location: Albany County
Agency: NYS Department of Transportation
Title: Assistant Commissioner
Expenses: N/A

Name: Julie Hovey
Location: Orange County
Agency: NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Title: Associate Commissioner for the Blind
Expenses: N/A

Name: Ceylane Meyers-Ruff
Location: Albany County
Agency: New York State Education Department/ACCES-VR
Title: Deputy Commissioner, Expenses
Expenses: N/A

Name: Jaclyn Sheltry
Location: Rensselaer County
Agency: New York State Department of Health
Title: Director of Center for Aging and Long Term Care Regulatory and Policy Initiatives
Expenses: N/A

Name: Rick Umholtz
Location: Albany County
Agency: NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Title: Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Refugee Services
Expenses: N/A