We are the compass for individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities and their families.

Guiding You In The Right Direction

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What is MyCompass?

MyCompass is a partnership initiative launched by TriaDD –  a collaboration between three of New York State’s seven Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs), forged to develop better, more sustainable models of care and support for individuals with Intellectual/Development Disabilities (IDD) statewide.

The MyCompass partnership includes:

Explore Our Knowledge Center

At MyCompass the core of our mission is to “empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live healthy, engaged and fulfilling lives." And we believe that knowledge is the key to empowerment. That’s exactly why we created The Knowledge Center – to cut through the clutter and provide you with valuable information that is not only relevant and accurate, but also simple, clear and easy to understand, without all the acronyms and “insider” jargon (or at least with the acronyms and jargon explained!)

“Powered” by TiaDD - a collaboration between LIFEPlan CCO NY, Person-Centered Services & Advance Care Alliance

Getting started...

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an intellectual/developmental disability, you're about to start on a journey that might seem overwhelming at first.  But you are not alone.  There are many great programs and resources to help you along the way, as well as countless wonderful people who are on the same journey.   Let's look at the important first steps you should take to get off on the right foot...

Care Coordination

In New Yok State, supports and services needed by individuals with an Intellectual or Development Disability (IDD) are now facilitated through a process called "Care Coordination."  Learn more about Care Coordination, who's involved and how it works...

Understanding Managed Care

In an effort to improve service quality and outcomes, while also controlling costs, New York State has been exploring options to improve upon the support systems that have been built for people with I/DD over several decades.  One option, which has been a primary focus of this effort, is the development of an (I/DD) provider led managed care model for the delivery of care and services to New York State residents with I/DD.  The State refers to these proposed specialized managed care entities as “SIPs-PL”, or Specialized I/DD Plans - Provider Led.

Education Advocacy

Getting involved in their child’s education is among the most important things a parent of a child with IDD can do to make sure that their child gets the support he or she needs throughout their school career. Although the process can be confusing and intimidating, parents should know what is available and how to advocate for their child, so they can take the necessary steps to ensure their child receives appropriate services.  

Self-Direction

Self-Direction is all about choice, flexibility and responsibility. Self-Direction gives individuals with IDD, and those who support them, the opportunity to choose the supports and services that will best meet their needs and allow them to live the way they want to live. This allows individuals and their caregivers to have greater control over the services they receive, how they receive them and who provides them.

Legal & Financial Issues

Financial and legal considerations are among the most important issues faced by those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who care for them.  But they are also among the most complicated ones.  Here we'll shed some light on some of the common financial and legal topics.  Of course your Care Manager a your CCO can also help to provide information and direction on these issues as well.

Services Provided Thru New York State's OPWDD

New York State’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities offers a wide range of services and supports to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in a home of their choosing, find employment and other meaningful activities, build relationships in the community, and support overall good health.  Learn more about them here.  

What We Do

Empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

We believe that knowledge is power. With knowledge of the resources, support and assistance available and an understanding of where and how to access it, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (and those who care for them) can chart the course to achieving and maintaining their best life.  The dilemma is that the road can be a very challenging one to navigate.  While there are a lot of great programs and resources out there – public and private - and many wonderful people who deliver them, there are also lots of rules, polices, procedures and paperwork you’ll encounter along the way.  It can be very confusing and frustrating. Although we can’t necessarily remove all the road “hazards” or completely smooth the terrain, we can certainly give you a better map – one that can make your journey an easier and ultimately more successful one.

About MyCompass

Help Us Grow Our Knowledge Center

Have a question? Looking for more information on a particular program or service? Have a great resource that you think others will benefit from? We'd love to get your input. It will help us maintain the MyCompass website as a valuable resource for you and everyone who is on this journey. Please share your feedback here.

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