ARC of Oswego County Presents Supplemental Needs Training Nov. 15

PHOENIX, NY – ARC of Oswego County will offer “Planning for the Future: Government benefits, supplemental needs trusts, and burial planning,” a presentation on assisting individuals with disabilities who need information on future planning and eligible services.

The presentation, offered Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, will feature guest speaker Jim Moragne, consultant and former employee of New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, retiring after more than 30 years of service.

The training is free, but advance registration is preferred. To register, interested persons should call Cathy Rice at 315-598-3108 or e-mail at [email protected]

Some of the topics to be covered in the presentation include individual government benefits, supplemental needs trusts, and burial planning. Participants in the session will receive the latest information in these areas, especially in relation to the rules of the Medicaid and SSI programs. They will also receive current reference materials and contact information for ongoing technical assistance.

Moragne retired in 2007 after more than 30 years of service to persons with disabilities with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and now is a consultant to providers on consumer funds.

As a regional manager in a revenue development capacity, he was responsible for benefit development for all persons with disabilities residing in State-operated residences in as many as forty-seven counties, as well as technical assistance to fiduciaries, provider agencies and families. He has conducted dozens of workshops on consumer benefits and planning throughout New York State for the New York State Arc, the New York State Rehabilitation Association, the Financial Management Association, the Albany School of Law and other organizations.

He co-edited Estate and Future Planning for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, and Their Families, published by the New York State Bar Association in 2001, and was a contributing author and editor for Planning For The Future, published by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in 2000 and now in its sixth edition.

He served on OPWDD’s Trusts Task Force and Board of Directors of the Guardianship Association of New York State. He is currently a Trustee of the NYSARC Trusts

ARC of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization which has been providing programs and services to individuals with disabilities since 1955.

Its mission is to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation.

Its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., provides services to adults with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for individuals with disabilities in Oswego County.