the metro muse by wuyunyi


									                                                                                                   Volume 1, Issue 2
                               Metro Children’s Services                                           April 1, 2010

                          the metro muse
                                  “Some Therapeutic News”

Stories of Success    2

Outstanding Therapist 2                     Metro Children’s Logo Facelift
Office Olympics       3

Corporate Compliance 3

Featured Employee     4

Tax Tips              6

Metro Outreach        6              After a week of an intense voting process the Metro office staff spoke resoundingly clear on which
                           logo they preferred for MCS’s new “facelift”. The logo is colored in the friendly and familiar aqua and
Plus More!                 purple. On the left side of the text is an image of two parents overlooking their child. Metro’s tagline will
                           be “for the special attention your child deserves and the professional support you need.” This tagline aims
                           for our service to appeal to the needs of both the parents and the children as well as reflect the
                           professional support for both parents and providers. Metro hopes that the new corporate I.D. will help
                           attract new opportunity by giving Metro a more defined position within the E.I. world. Please share any
                           thoughts you may have about the new logo by emailing them to

     185-08 Union
                                      Results of Haiti Fundraiser
   Turnpike Suite 105
                                     This past month the world witnessed one of the most horrific
  Fresh Meadows, New        earthquakes in history. An estimated three million people were affected by
                            the disaster. Hundreds of thousands were killed and injured and many
             Phone:         remain homeless. Upon hearing of the disaster MCS executives Ruth
      718-264-7250          Meyers and Sharon Blumenthal initiated a fundraising campaign for victims
                            of the earthquake. Therapists and office workers all came together to
              Fax:          donate over $1,500. Metro matched the donation and the final fundraising             Talia Frenkel/ American
      718-264-7922          sum equaled $3,210. This amount, split between the American Jewish                   Red Cross
                            World Services and The American Red Cross, equals over 120,000 Haitian
                            gourds and will surely make an impact on the victims.
    1825 Coney Island
         Avenue                       We thank everyone who participated in the fundraising campaign
   Brooklyn, New York       and we are proud of your efforts. Your generosity to others in need is an
                            inspiration for all of us. We hope that you continue being an inspiration for
                            MCS and your communities. Find out more about the relief effort by going
       718-513-9144         to and
    questions, article
  suggestions? Please
        E-mail us
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Stories of Success- “I Swear By It”- Monish Churaman
          Monish                    By the end of therapy                “There was no way I was                        Today
Churaman was born on                Monish was climbing the              going to pass it up.                 Monish is in Kindergarten.
December 15, 2003. He               stairs, holding pencils and           I recommend this service            He has received many
was two months                      rice, playing ball, and              even if your child is not            awards for his reading
premature. As advised by            even riding the tricycle.            delayed”.                            and his math. He is also
doctors and nurses Mrs.                                                                                       involved in many sports
Churaman immediately                          Mrs. Churaman                        Mrs. Churaman              such as hockey, tennis,
referred Monish for the             says that by the end of              adds that she was                    golf, cricket, and pretty
Early Intervention                  two and a half years                 impressed by the                     much everything that
Program. Metro Children             Monish had progressed                structure and                        involves a ball. Metro
received the referral and           even farther than the                professionalism of Metro’s           would like to congratulate
dispatched OT, PT and ST            average child of that age.           staff and was “very                  all of Monish’s therapists;
services to Monish’s                She credits Metro’s EI               happy” with the staff and            Darlene DelRosario,
house in Ozone Park.                services for being                   services.                            Fareedah Mohabir, Barbra
Within the next two years           instrumental in not only                                                  Kornblatt, Lisa Cafiso,
Monish worked on his                helping Monish                                 During the                 Jason Mohabir, Faigy
motor skills and language           overcome his premature               service time Mrs.                    Zweig, Pamela Long-
development. Mrs.                   birth but for laying a               Churaman was given                   McDermott, and Marina
Churaman says that                  crucial foundation of skills         a training of her own on             Jurcev for doing a
within this time Monish             and fortifying his abilities         how to do exercises with             wonderful job as well as
progressed at age                   to enable him to grow                her child. She feels that            the rest of the Metro
appropriate levels given            beyond expectations. “I              these trainings have                 team. Keep up the good
that he was born                    swear by it” she says,               helped her get even                  work!
premature.                                                               closer to her child.


Monish with his awards for reading and math

           Pador- that Mr. Tristan Pador has been named Metro’s Outstanding
Tristanpleased to announceOutstanding Therapist Therapist. Metro calculated this
    We are
award by compiling a list of the top ten therapists based on the quantity of clients serviced and then combined that with a survey
of the parents they service which demonstrated the quality of their care. Mr. Pador started working with Metro in 2003. He
originally was an accountant and then went back to school and switched his career
to become a Physical Therapist.

         Tristan describes himself as a workaholic and is up at 5:30 AM every
morning to begin working. Many of the children Tristan works with have cerebral
palsy and chromosome defects. Tristan noted that he often spends over thirty
minutes with them. Upon accepting the award Tristan said “I just want to do my
best in everything. I want to make a difference for the children.”

          Tristan, who has a few kids of his own, says he is motivated by treating
each child as if it were his own. Tristan wants to extend his gratitude to his wife as     Tristan and Bart
well as all of the staff at Metro, specifically Connie Ilustre, and Myrla Stein.
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Towards a More Responsible Future- CCP

          On February 23rd          Medicaid Inspector              faith reporting of                   well as billing for travel
and 24 Metro held it’s              General (OMIG).                 potential compliance                 time. Please consult
Corporate Compliance                Approved compliance             issues, 5)a system to                Providersoft Sample Doc
Program (CCP) Training              programs should include         identify compliance risk             entitled “CCP” for more
in the Hillcrest Jewish             all of the following;           areas, 6)a system for                information. Alex
Center. The training was            1)commitment                    investigating potential              Esteban, Metro’s
attended by 242                     to Corporate Compliance         compliance problems, as              Compliance Officer, says
providers over the course           written policies and            well as correcting the               that this program will
of the two nights. The              procedures,                     problems and                         prevent “inappropriate
training featured a panel            2)a designated employee        implementing procedures              billing and practices” and
of Metro Co-Executive               responsible for the day-        to prevent future issues,            is a way of “policing
Directors Sharon                    to-day operation of the         and 7)a policy of non-               ourselves” in order to be
Blumenthal and Ruth                 compliance program,             intimidation and non-                a more “honest and
Meyers as well as                   3)training and education        retaliation for                      trustworthy” agency.
Program Director Rochelle           for all affected employees      good faith participation in
Friedman,                           and persons associated          the compliance program.              Please contact Mr.
Administrator/Compliance            with the provider,                                                   Esteban if you missed the
Officer Alex Esteban and            4)communication lines                     The CCP will               training or if you have
CFO Cristina Lazaro.                between the compliance          prevent Metro from                   anymore questions at
                                    position and all                questionable practices               Aesteban@metrochildrens
         The CCP is a               employees, including a          such as condensing three             .com or ext 103 at 718-
mandate from the New                method for anonymous            sessions into two and                264-7250
York State Office of the            and confidential good           then billing for three, as

             In anticipation of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games Metro Children decided to conduct their own office Olympic
 challenge. Countries from all over the world such as the Phillipines, Brazil, Argentina, and the U.S.A. were represented. Fierce
 competition ensued between employees at Metro and only few could prevail. Below are the results.
                                               Fresh Meadows, Winter 2010
 Medal/Event               Meeting Room      Rubber Band         Stapler Hunt          Filing Room            Coffee Cup
                        Chair Rowing         Archery                                   Marathon               Balancing

 Gold                   Christer Galang      John Parra          Lisa Krupoff          Patricia Molina        Jeff Sprintz/
                                                                                                              Avram Blumenthal

 Silver                 Tawanna Holmes       JoAnn Sison         Connie Ilustre        Suane Miranda          Ruth Meyers

 Bronze                 Daniel Meyers        Alex Esteban        Cristina Lazaro       Judah Blumenthal       Sharon

                                                           Happy April Fools!
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 Featured Employee- John Parra
           John Parra,         to day, it is the diversity   Pure Belpre’ Award to be       Dia de los Muertos
Metro’s Information            of projects that he is        conferred in Washington        celebration. The Dia de
Systems Coordinator, can       involved in as well as the    D.C. later this year. The      los Muertos celebration is
be described as                people with whom he           Pura Belpré Award,             a holiday celebrated in
somewhat of a                  works that motivates him.     established in 1996, is        Mexico and by Latin
Renaissance Man. Any                                         presented to a                 Americans living in the
visitor to his modest desk           John’s extra-office     Latino/Latina writer and       United States and
space would understand         activities range from         illustrator whose work         Canada. The holiday
why. Samples of his finely     illustration to music. At a   best portrays, affirms,        focuses on gatherings of
colored illustrations as       very tender young age         and celebrates the Latino      family and friends to pray
well as pictures of John       John became interested        cultural experience in an      for and remember friends
rocking out on his guitar      in illustration. After        outstanding work of            and family members who
surround his desk.             running out of notebook       literature for children and    have died. It is also a
Amongst his many talents       scrap paper in school he      youth. John humbly             time marked by
what most distinguishes        decided to pursue a           accepts this recognition       communal celebration. To
John here around the           formal education in art       by just being “happy that      learn more about John’s
office, however, is his                                                                     art check out
friendly demeanor and                                                             
helpful support with
Providersoft and other IT                                                                        John has also played
issues.                                                                                     guitar in numerous
                                                                                            bands. As a highschooler
          John hails all the                                                                he toured universities
way from Santa Barbara,                                                                     with punk rock and Ska
California where he was                                                                     bands called “Cousins”
raised with his two                                                                         and “Urban Outrage”. He
brothers. He came to                                                                        even remembers hanging
New York City in 2000                                                                       with bands such as the
after driving cross country                                                                 now famous Incubus and
from Southern California.                                                                   Linkin Park. He still
Here in New York John                                                                       enjoys playing guitar
worked in IT for the city’s                                                                 when he goes home to
EI program for 7 years         and got his degree in         someone recognized my          California. John has been
where he met his wife. In      Illustration from the Art     work and enjoyed it”.          an amazing addition to
March 2009 John decided        Center College of Design.                                    the MCS staff and looks
to join MCS. John enjoys       Years of hard work and a           John was also the         forward to the day when
the challenge of working       half dozen awards later,      featured artist last year at   Metro will set up its own
at a highly-esteemed EI        John was selected to be       the Indianapolis Art           coin-operated coffee
company like Metro. Day        honored with the National     Center’s Day of the Dead/      machine.

Check out some samples of John’s Art:
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Cynthia Clifford- Beyond the Call of Duty
         This past holiday season              new clothes, shoes and toys as                   Cynthia bought developmental toys
many of us found ourselves running             presents. Cynthia wrote a “Dear                  and equipment.
around buying up toys for our friends          Santa” letter to a local charity
and families. Perhaps what is more             organization named Rockaway Wish.                          Cynthia’s charity, sensitivity,
important is how many of us found              She forwarded the letter to friends,             and sense of responsibility are
ourselves demonstrating the                    relatives, acquaintances and                     shining examples of Metro’s values.
compassion and sensitivity to find             employers. In the letter she included            Cynthia went beyond just being a
those people beyond our family and             all of the family’s ages and favorite            Special Education Teacher for her
friends who are in need of holiday             toys and needs for the holiday. She              children, she became a family friend.
gifts.                                         even put together a list of                      As Metro employees and as members
                                               developmental toys that could help               of a common community we must
           Cynthia Clifford, a Special         out the children.                                reach out to those in need and give
Education Teacher, had a case                                                                   them the opportunity to enjoy life
assignment in the projects section of                     Soon after writing the letter         and be happy. We are very proud of
Rockaway. The family was a very                Cynthia received many wonderful                  you Cynthia, keep doing amazing
poor one who struggled to cover rent           gifts for the family. The kids received          things!
and refused to depend on Public                clothes, developmental toys and                  Please share any inspiring stories that
Assistance or Food Stamps. Over the            equipment, computer game systems,                you may have with us by emailing
course of her visits Cynthia brought           and the parents received restaurant              them to
shoes and clothing for the children.           gift certificates and more. Rockaway   
As the holidays approached Cynthia             wish contributed $500 with which
felt that the kids should get some

                                         Mr. and Mrs. Clifford                      The Clifford Family

New Arrivals
         Congratulations to Administrative Assistant Suane Miranda upon the birth of her daughter Amayalese Sky Miranda
(below). Beautiful Amayalese was born on January 2, 2010 weighing 7lbs. 10oz. She will join her 3 year old brother Jaydrien
Newton in the Miranda Family. Congratulations to Service Coordinator Daniella Shemtov upon the birth of her son David. David was
born on March 14 weighing 6 lbs. 6.oz and was 20.5 inches. He joins his 2 year old sister Emily in the Takhalov family. We wish
many more happy occasions to the Takhalovs!

                                         Amayalese Sky Miranda            David Takhalov
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                                                                      Metro Outreach at Groundwork
                   $Tax Tips$                                    On Wednesday February 24th, Metro representatives Sharon Blumenthal and
    (Drawn from, and                  Tawanna Holmes took a fieldtrip to East New York, Brooklyn to visit the               social service agency called Groundwork. Sharon and Tawanna met with
                                                                 two Program Directors from the East New York and Brownsville staff and
Tax season is here and with it comes the meticulous effort       Case Managers and Directors. They discussed early intervention education
of calculating taxes and deductions. Here are some quick         opportunities that can help families with recognizing infant milestones. The
independent contractor tips for all of our therapists to         Groundwork staff was very excited to hear about Metro’s services and
consider.                                                        connected Sharon and Tawanna with an organization named
         Its important for IC’s to maintain their status as     BridgeBuilders. BridgeBuilders is an agency that has a consolidated,
          such. The IRS might rule that you are actually an      comprehensive database about all different types of social services in
          employee if you primarily work for one client. It is   various low income neighborhoods. Metro is currently reaching out to many
          best to have several clients as well as use your       different referral sources and is hoping to gain more opportunities for its
          own equipment.                                         services.
         You may be able to deduct part of the expenses
          for your home if your primary office or place of
          business is in your home. The deductions can
          include part of your rent or mortgage payments,
          depreciation, utilities, insurance, real estate
          taxes, and repair costs.
         The part of your home that is used must meet
          one of the following criteria; be used on a regular
          and exclusive basis for the business, be used to
          meet with clients or customers, be a separate
          structure on your property, not attached to your
          home, or be used to store inventory or sales
         Automobile expenses directly attributable to the
          conduct of business are also deductible. These
          include commuting expenses such as if you need
          your car to carry large items for work, or if you
          work at two or more places in a day you can
          deduct the cost of getting from one place to the
          Metro Children wishes all of our therapists a very
          rewarding tax season!

                  Want to write for The Metro Muse? Drop us an article
                  about any interesting experiences or therapy success
                  stories. Send all submissions to our editor

                  Judah Blumenthal at
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  Dear Sharon and Ruth
    Dear Sharon and Ruth,                                                  your session notes even if you have entered them
                                                                           in Providersoft, our Finance Department will not be
    Your last Metro Muse issue came out really great,                      able to pay you. We have a “no note, no pay”
    congratulations! Anyways, I am writing to you with                     policy. So please, don’t delay your submissions.
    a question. I am a new therapist at Metro and I                        Should you have an issue entering your notes in
    recently was trained to use Providersoft. Should I                     Providersoft, please call John Parra, Information
    enter the session notes first in Providersoft before                   Systems Coordinator, at ext. 118 immediately. If
    dropping them at the office?                                           you wish to make a special arrangement with Metro
                                                                           to do the data entry for you for a minimal fee,
    Sincerely,                                                             please contact Alex Esteban at ext. 103.

    Perturbed about Providersoft Priorities in Park Slope                  Good Luck!

    Dear Perturbed,                                                        Sharon and Ruth

    Yes, you must enter your session notes in
                                                                           Please send any questions you may have to
    Providersoft first before sending us the copies. (You
    keep the originals and you send us the “Xerox”
    copies.) If we do not receive the actual copies of

 About Our Organization…
    Metro Children’s Services         manner, to teach family
    Early Intervention program        members and caregivers how to
    provides services to infants      care for their child, to insure an           Inquire about our provider
    and toddlers who are at high      optimal outcome and to provide               referral program. Call Alex
    risk, or exhibit developmental    support and continuing
                                                                                   Esteban at 718-264-7250 ext
    delays. Metro’s goals are to      education to our health
    provide the highest quality of    professionals, and to assure that            103 or e-mail him at
    care to infants and toddlers,     they use the most up to date       
    birth-to-three years, in a        tools and techniques.
    caring and compassionate

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