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(Monticello, NY) – The Center for Discovery, one of the nation’s premier specialty centers for the treatment of children and adults with severe disabilities, medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders, hosted the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) first Intermediate Care Facility on-site auditor training program at its Sullivan County campus during the week of June 10th 2013. The Center was chosen due to its role as a premier provider of care for those with complex medical conditions and its leadership in research and assessment.

Each day, sixteen auditors from the Office of Persons With Disabilities (OPWDD) took part in an all-day simulated survey training, conducted by CMS trainers, to learn survey techniques and application of the regulations and guidelines. A total of 60 OPWDD surveyors were trained over the course of the four-day program. The program is the first of its kind in New York State.

“Our participation is a testament to the quality of our Intermediate Care Facility program, as well as our standing with the OPWDD, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host this critical training program,” said Center for Discovery CEO Patrick Dollard. “We are proud of our close partnerships with federal and state officials toward the goal of ultimately improving the quality of care for children and adults with special needs.”

“Providing quality care to people with special needs is a vital part of the state’s commitment to protect and serve all New Yorkers,” stated Lee Weissmuller, Director of the Bureau of ICF/IID Quality and Surveillance at the New York State Department of Health. “High-quality training for the surveyors on the front lines enables New York to deliver on its commitment to maintain the highest standards and employ practices that protect people with special needs and disabilities. I would like to thank The Center for Discovery for hosting the surveyor training program and providing an outstanding environment for New York State surveyors to build on their skills.”

Headquartered in Harris, The Center for Discovery is a nationally recognized provider of educational, health and residential services for children and adults with severe disabilities and medical frailties, including a growing number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Center serves more than 1,000 individuals annually and is the largest pediatric provider for children with significant disabilities in New York State. Drawing from a diverse population of families across New York State and the New York metropolitan area, The Center serves more than 125 school districts including every borough of New York City and Long Island.

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