We receive a large Balancing Incentive Program grant!


(Pictured left) Carol Blessing, Owner of Blessing Consulting Group and Faculty Member with Cornell University Employment & Disability Institute along with Amanda. They participated in the Framework for Planning which is part of the Council on Quality and Leaderships (CQL) Personal Outcomes Measures Training

We are thrilled to announce that our proposal, “Collaborating Towards Managed Care,” was awarded a grant from the New York State Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) Transformation Fund in the amount of $449,626.  This grant comes at a fortuitous time for us as they acknowledge the viability of the Managed Care initiative.   We are embracing these systems and are excited about the possibilities we will create!

Working with AIM Services, Inc., our project consists of implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System.  The necessity, benefits and outcomes of said EHR System will enhance the efficiency of our organizations.  The BIP grant will provide an opportunity for us to make strategic investments in our transition to Manage Care as many of our individuals receive services from both agencies.  Since we value excellence within our service delivery systems and management operations, we want to demonstrate this towards the people we serve, their families, staff and other stakeholders.  We want to ensure that our dedicated staff members continue to place extraordinary emphasis on giving the proper tools to create life plans that promote independence, individualization, inclusion and productivity.  At the same time, we will be investing in their employees to ensure that we maintain the highest level of quality services and organizational governance.   We will be implementing an EHR delivery system to better communicate and interact — thereby strengthening our partnership with the ultimate goal of improving the health care for their individuals.  EHR will ensure we are offering the highest level of person-centered services for the people we support.

  • Providing accurate, up-to-date, confidential, legible, easily accessible and complete information
  • Enabling shared access to records for more coordinated, efficient care in a secure setting
  • Helping to improve productivity and reduce costs with less paperwork and duplication

The second collaborative effort of the grant focuses on quality measures and person-centered planning.  For years, Saratoga Bridges and AIM Services, Inc. have demonstrated a commitment towards individualized supports.  Upon admittance to every program and every meeting thereafter, the person and his/her circle of support, reviews and discusses goals, desires, dreams, likes and dislikes.  From this, valued outcomes are developed and once established, the individual and the circle of support decides how the person can be successful in achieving these.  The goals, with safeguards and identified supports, become the basis for program services.

Collaboratively, both agencies will advance these opportunities as an extension of their individualized service delivery system.  In order to meet this goal, we will be pursuing the Council on Quality and Leaderships (CQL) Personal Outcomes Measures Training.  This training will help us develop expertise in achieving outcomes; thereby increasing the quality of life for the individuals we support.  Upon completion of this program, both agencies will have qualified trainers in the CQL process.  The next step will be for each agency to then pursue accreditation with CQL.