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Here for YOU.

More than just a care management provider, we empower you to lead a meaningful life of your choosing by coordinating all the care and services you need.

As a New York Care Coordination Organization (CCO), we’ll guide you every step of the way—from qualifying for services to setting you up with your personal Care Manager. So you can get the care you need, when you need it.

Our story

Lifetime Advocates for You and Your Family

Tri-County Care is privileged to serve thousands of individuals throughout New York State, empowering people with developmental disabilities to lead a full and meaningful life of their choosing. Through holistic, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive care management, we serve as lifetime care advocates for people with I-DD and their families.

Our diverse spectrum of provider agencies span all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island as well as throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital regions. They represent the rich mosaic that New York is famous for, and we are proud to partner with them to provide care and support for thousands of individuals from many different ethnicities, languages and cultures.

Holistic, Comprehensive Care on Your Terms

We’re proud that Tri-County Care, sponsored by the New York State Hamaspik Association (NYSHA), has recently been designated as one of 7 Care Coordination Organizations (CCO) serving New York State.

CCO are part of a new and improved system of care that allows people with I-DD to plan all their needs in one place—including disability services, community-based supports, and health and wellness services—rather than having to coordinate with several agencies to access services.

For you, CCO mean more holistic, comprehensive care, more options, more flexibility, and fewer barriers to access. They also ensure that everyone involved in your care is aligned with your personal goals, wants, and needs.

We Can Connect You to the Care You Need

We encourage you to reach out to one of our extraordinary enrollment specialists. They’re happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through the process of getting care—everything from signing up for a Front Door session, to getting set up with your personal care manager, who can help coordinate all your disability, health, and wellness services

If you have further questions, please feel free to read our FAQ or reach out to one of our customer service specialists, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

New York State
Hamaspik Association
– over 25 years services…

Its member agencies are:

Hamaspik of Rockland County, Inc. OPWDD Provider Agency
Hamaspik of Orange County, Inc. OPWDD Provider Agency
Hamaspik of Kings County, Inc. OPWDD Provider Agency
Hamaspik HomeCare, Inc.
LHCSA
Hamaspik Choice, Inc.
MLTC
Tri-County Care, LLC
CCO

Counties we Serve

  • Albany
  • Bronx
  • Columbia
  • Dutchess
  • Fulton
  • Greene
  • Kings (Brooklyn)
  • Montgomery
  • Nassau
  • New York (Manhattan)
  • Orange
  • Putnam
  • Queens
  • Rensselaer
  • Richmond (Staten Island)
  • Rockland
  • Saratoga
  • Schenectady
  • Schoharie
  • Suffolk
  • Sullivan
  • Ulster
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Westchester

Your advocates for life

Our Leadership Team
Yoel Bernath
Chief Executive Officer
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Nechama Nissenbaum
VP of Operations
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Jason Mazzuca
VP of Care Management
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Blimi Kornbluh
VP of Human Resources
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Japhe Deliat
VP of Diversity and Staff Development
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Joshua Mawhirter
VP of Quality Assurance and Compliance Officer
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Joel Brach
Chief Financial Officer
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Jennifer Huddleston
AVP of Care Management
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Shira Jacobs
Director of Intake and Outreach
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Tina Chiarella
Director of Incident Management
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Mendy Ornstein
VP of Finance
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Valerie Hurley-DelSignore
Director of Benefits and Entitlements
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Veronica Montiel
Director of Customer Service
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Regional Directors
Christopher Allen
Regional Director
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Contessa Officer
Regional Director
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Fatima Nunez
Regional Director
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Gamal Byfield
Regional Director
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Perry Zelik
Regional Director
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Vera Bonse-Reyes
Regional Director
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Tri-County Care Diversity Council
Regional Director
Regional Director
Yoel Bernath
Chief Executive Officer

Yoel has established himself as a leader in the health and human services industry for close to 20 years. Beginning his career at an entry level position at a nonprofit agency serving the OPWDD population, he has worked his way up to senior leadership positions, including opening and operating HamaspikCare, a Licensed Home Care Services Agency serving 13 counties throughout NYS. In 2013, under his leadership and direction, the Hamaspik Choice MLTC Plan began operations throughout the entire Hudson Valley region. In his role as the Executive Director of Hamaspik Choice, Yoel and his team have worked to cultivate relationships with community partners and build a strong network of service providers. Yoel was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for Tri-County Care CCO. His unique experiences with both the OPWDD as well as MLTC populations enable him to provide perspective on this Care Coordination Organization. Yoel Bernath is leading the launch of HAMASPIK, Inc- Additional Managed care products.

 

Nechama Nissenbaum
VP of Operations

Nechama is a Registered Nurse who brings two decades of dedicated experience and a passion for  servicing individuals with I/DD. Prior to her current role as VP of Operations, Nechama served as an RN responsible for the health and wellness of individuals residing in group homes. Nechama’s experience also includes MSC Supervisor, Early Intervention Coordinator, TBI and NHTD Manager.

Jason Mazzuca
VP of Care Management

Jason brings 26 years of experience in the field of servicing individuals with developmental disabilities. He has served as Residential and Day Program Manager, Director of Quality Assurance (a position he held for 16+ years), Regional Director, and is currently the VP of Care Management at Tri-County Care. Jason joined TCC for the chance to be aligned with an agency that shares his values and commitment to providing high quality services for individuals with I/DD.

Blimi Kornbluh
VP of Human Resources

Blimi brings extensive business administration skills and experience to her role as VP of Human Resources. Before assuming her role, Blimi served as the HR coordinator for HamaspikCare and Hamaspik Choice MLTCP for close to a decade. Blimi currently handles all aspects of HR at TCC and is devoted to establishing and maintaining a satisfied workforce.

Japhe Deliat
VP of Diversity and Staff Development

Japhe joined the TCC team as a Training Specialist in August of 2018 and now serves as the VP OF DIVERSITY AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT. Since 2001, Japhe has been working with the I/DD population serving as Direct Support Professional in Residential Programs, Community Habilitation and Respite. Japhe has since assumed the roles of Assistant Director of a Day Program, Senior Residence Manager, and Residence Director. He loves to empower employees to do better at their job and being more passionate about what they do.

Joshua Mawhirter
VP of Quality Assurance and Compliance Officer

With over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, Josh’s expertise is in the regulatory aspects of care and the operational compliance of service delivery. He currently oversees all aspects of compliance and quality of care at TCC. Josh also has two siblings with autism and possesses an intimate understanding of the individuals we serve.

Joel Brach
Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer Huddleston
AVP of Care Management

Jennifer brings 17 years of experience working within the OPWDD field. Prior to AVP of Care Management, her career included positions as an MSC, Quality Assurance Specialist/Investigator, Director of OPWDD Services for a Non for Profit serving the downstate area, and VP of Community based services for an agency serving Long Island. Her passion and dedication is to serve individuals with I/DD and provide them with the most fulfilling life possible. Jennifer joined Tri-County Care as an Outreach and Intake Specialist to assist families in need of Care Management services and navigating OPWDD, before being promoted to AVP of Care Management.

Shira Jacobs
Director of Intake and Outreach

Shira holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has been part of the Tri-County Care Intake Department since its inception. Prior to joining Tri-County Care, Shira worked in both regular and special education settings for a number of years.  Shira has a passion for assisting individuals with I/DD and is an expert in problem solving.

Tina Chiarella
Director of Incident Management

Tina has worked serving persons with developmental disabilities for over 30 years and is a USAF veteran.  She has an extensive history in the I/DD field.  She has worked in Residential Management, Family Care, Training, and has 25 years of Quality Assurance/Incident Management experience.  Prior to joining Tri-County Care, Tina served as the Assistant Director of Program/Regulatory Compliance, agency OPWDD/DQI liaison, and chairperson of the Human Rights Committee.  She has also acted as a family representative, trainer, and committee member for outside provider agencies.  Tina currently serves as the Director of Incident Management for Tri-County Care.

Mendy Ornstein
VP of Finance

As VP of Finance, Mendy is the leading figure of financial operations at Tri-County Care. Among many other distinctions in the field, Mendy successfully coordinates the economic affairs of assets and liability. Mendy Formerly worked at a Multi-nursing home management office, monitoring capital as the assistant Financial controller. He brings with him close to a decade of experience in the health care industry. Mendy’s Dedication and Perfection in the his field ensures excellence to TCC.

 

Valerie Hurley-DelSignore
Director of Benefits and Entitlements

Valerie joined Tri-County Care in 2018 with over 25 years of training, education, and experience in the field of public benefits, most specifically Medicaid.  She started her career at The Washington County Department of Social Services, where she worked within the Temporary Assistance/SNAP and Medicaid units.

 

She then moved to the private sector with her Medicaid knowledge, working within several hospitals across New York State, assisting patients at their bedside in obtaining much needed health insurance including Community Medicaid and Long Term Chronic Care Medicaid. As a result of her expertise, she quickly became a New York State Regional Director for that company, with a staff of 10-15 employees located at several hospitals across New York State Northern New York, to Downstate and the Western Part of the State.

 

Staying with the private sector she then moved onto a Law Firm, furthering her knowledge of Supplemental Needs and Pooled Medicaid Trusts and the benefits these provide to our individuals.

 

Committed to furthering her professional development, Valerie continues to refine her skill set by attending various trainings through the New York State Statewide Learning Management System and attending various trainings in the community.  In the past she attended Adirondack Community College and completed numerous New York State training programs for professionals employed in the social services field.

 

Valerie loves working with individuals with I/DD and making the Medicaid entitlement process as stress free as possible for them.

Veronica Montiel
Director of Customer Service

Veronica worked under the OPWDD umbrella as a Medicaid Service Coordinator prior to being promoted to Program Supervisor for Respite and Home Care Services within the same agency. In 2016, she moved on as a Care Coordinator Supervisor and Intake Specialist within the same agency. She brings a total of 13 years working with the DD population in different roles.

Veronica joined Tri-County Care as a Medisked Help Desk Specialist and now serves as Director of Customer Service.

Veronica is fluent in Spanish and English and holds an Associates Degree in Mental Health and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.

Christopher Allen
Regional Director
Contessa Officer
Regional Director

Contessa has dedicated 18 years of service to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Having worn many hats, Contessa started her career teaching students on the Autism Spectrum in Los Angeles at the Help Group. She served as the Clinical Coordinator supervisor for Community Habilitation services at Eden II and, prior to coming to Tri-County Care, she was the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) Regional Director for Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, serving the Willowbrook class.

Fatima Nunez
Regional Director

Fatima Nunez is a downstate Regional Director at TCC. She has close to two decades experience in the field of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Traumatic Brain Injury in varying leadership and management capacities, ranging from program management, compliance and education. Fatima has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Education.

 

Gamal Byfield
Regional Director

With a passion for positively impacting the lives of individuals with a developmental disability, Gamal brings over twenty years of experience in the DD field. In addition to his extensive knowledge of care management, Gamal has experience in residential administration, article 16 clinics, and Medicaid Service Coordination.

Perry Zelik
Regional Director

Harboring a passion from a young age for helping families and children with special needs, Perry started out volunteering as a respite worker as a teen. She moved on as a Medicaid Service Coordinator for 3 years and ultimately advanced to MSC supervisor with Hamaspik of Orange county for over 15 years. Currently, Perry directs the TCC Care Managers in her region to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided the highest quality services.

Vera Bonse-Reyes
Regional Director

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