NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Awards Daemen $100,500

NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Awards Daemen $100,500 to Fund

Enhanced Disabilities Curriculum


Program will Educate Nurse Practitioners, PAs, in Delivery of Quality, Patient-Centered Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities



September 13, 2012




Contact:  Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472



Information: Catherine Mann, Ed.D., RN, CNS, CNE-C 

                 Assistant Professor of Nursing



                 Lisa Ball, PhD, RN, FNP-BC




           Daemen College is among four institutions in New York State selected to receive funding from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC) to pilot the Partners in Health for People with Disabilities Curriculum in its health profession programs.   Daemen is the only organization to be receiving two distinct awards - $50,250 to train nurse practitioners, and an additional $50,250 to train physician assistants (PAs).   


           With these funds, Daemen College will pilot and implement the Partners in Health for People with Disabilities (PHEPD) curriculum as a 6-credit, one year (four-semester) Post-Baccalaureate certificate program.  The program will educate and empower health care providers to deliver quality, patient-centered health care for individuals with developmental disabilities.  This certificate program, approved by New York State in the Spring, 2012, will be open to  current Daemen students and professional practitioners.  The first cohort of classes will commence in January, 2013. During this pilot phase, Daemen is providing the courses at no charge to Daemen students and at a fifty percent discount to practitioners.


           "Daemen has a long-standing commitment to supporting programs that elevate the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities," stated Edwin Clausen, president.    


           "This curriculum will further strengthen health care professionals' skills in caring for diverse patients and clients. Daemen is honored to have been selected The New York State Developmental Disabilities Council to participate in this innovative pilot program."


           In 2005, the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC) launched a multi-year training initiative called “Parent Partners in Health Education” (PPHE). PPHE was designed to help medical residents enhance their understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities and the impact on families and caregivers. The PPHE curriculum was first developed by the University Of Illinois College of Medicine and funded by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.  Over a span of five years, NYS DDPC customized the PPHE curriculum and training design to meet New York training needs and professional capacity gaps and developed “Partners in Health Education for People with Disabilities” (PHEPD). The intent of this new training and professional development initiative is to enhance the knowledge and skill of nurse practitioners and physician assistants throughout New York State. 


           Parent Network of Western New York, a community resource for families of individuals with special needs and for professionals who work with these families, is a lead partner in the project.   


           Susan Barlow, Executive Director, said, "We have a long history of working with Daemen College on numerous programs and initiatives in support of individuals and families with developmental disabilities, and we look forward to collaborating with Daemen on this important initiative."  


           In 2009, Parent Network of Western New York recognized Daemen College with its Community Partnership Award at its annual Harvest Awards event.


           Founded on the principle that education should elevate human dignity and foster civic responsibility and compassion, Daemen College, a private, nonsectarian, accredited institution in Amherst, New York, currently enrolls over 3000 students.  Daemen is known for its exceptional, accredited health professional programs, including Master of Science in Adult Nurse Practitioner and Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  Daemen also offers a Master of Science in Special Education; The Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs at Daemen College oversees graduate assistantships in special education and partners on a range of continuing education offerings and initiatives in the community.


           For more information about these programs, please contact Catherine Mann, cmann1@daemen.edu, or Lisa Ball, lball1@daemen.edu .


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