LIFEPlan CCO Introduces the Member and Family Advisory Council

Janelle Fields, Asst. Director  Member and Family Advisory Council

 Six regional volunteer boards will connect, inform and offer training for its intellectual and developmental disability community.

November 30, 2018 –  Today, LIFEPlan CCO announced the launch of its Member and Family Advisory Council (MFAC), created to address the ongoing interests and needs of individuals receiving disability services. Six regional Advisory Councils, comprised of 8-10 LIFEPlan CCO NY members, parent and caregivers, will meet quarterly to review outcomes and advise leadership regarding care coordination policies and operations, as well as to engage in relevant education, training and advocacy initiatives.  

“While acting as an important pipeline of communication from members and parents to our staff and board, the LIFEPlan CCO Advisory Councils will also focus on providing much needed education and training directed toward people living with intellectual and developmental disability,” said LIFEPlan CEO Nick Cappoletti. “Through the Advisory Councils, we want to create a valuable community that intentionally connects members and families to information, resources, and tangible help so they can live full, meaningful lives in their communities.” 

Leading the Member and Family Advisory Councils is Janelle Fields, MS, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Janelle comes to LIFEPlan with a wide range of experiences providing therapy to children and adults as a speech language pathologist, as co-founder of a community childcare program, and owner of a marketing communications firm. Janelle is also caregiver to her sister, a person with intellectual disability and autism, and is actively involved in overseeing her services.

Janelle plays a key role in creating the first regional Advisory Councils by engaging volunteers to represent their areas. Each council will be comprised of a diverse mix of self-advocates, parents and family members from various socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural and disability groups. Council members will be provided with information on OPWDD services and processes, and on pertinent topics within their region and across NYS. As advocates of LIFEPlan CCO services, council members will actively engage organizations within their communities about care coordination topics, and offer relevant education and training for LIFEPlan members and their families.

Additional information on LIFEPlan CCO Member and Family Councils will be available on this website soon. for more information, contact LIFEPlan CCO here.