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 November 2018  
Veterans sought for new
peer mentoring program
AIM has been awarded a three-year, $93,750 grant from the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs to establish a peer mentoring program for area veterans.

AIM is seeking veterans to serve as volunteer mentors, as well as veterans interested in participating in the program as mentees. Those interested in the program should contact Jeremy Oakes, AIM's veterans advocate, at joakes@aimcil.com or (607) 962-8225, ext. 216.

The program will serve veterans in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

Volunteer mentors will provide support and encouragement to veterans who are facing issues such as unemployment or housing instability; or who are struggling with depression, PTSD, substance abuse or physical injuries. The program will help veterans who are readjusting to civilian life after completing military service, as well as those who've been involved in the criminal justice system.

The mentors will offer local veterans companionship and someone with similar experiences to talk to; as well as someone who is concerned about their well-being and who will hold them accountable. Mentoring will occur on a one-to-one basis, but the program may include group outings or peer groups, as well.

AIM is seeking volunteers with a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, and who've served in different branches of the military and in different military eras.

The grant funding from the Division of Veterans Affairs is part of $1 million announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2017 for non-profits and the state's Veterans' Treatment Courts to offer peer mentoring programs.
Don't forget to vote today!
The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for today's general election.
The ballot in this area will include races for the 23rd Congressional District, as well as governor, attorney general, state Senate and Assembly, U.S. Senate, and many local offices.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all polling sites to be accessible to people with disabilities, and the Help America Vote Act requires each polling site to have at least one accessible voting station.
Our local counties use ImageCast ballot-marking devices with features that enable people with all types of disabilities to vote independently. Step-by-step instructions are provided, and election inspectors are available to assist, as needed.
If you'd like more information or you're not sure where to vote, contact your county board of elections:
Allegany (585) 268-9295
Chemung (607) 737-5475
Schuyler (607) 535-8195
Steuben (607) 664-2260
Open enrollment at NY State of Health underway; AIM's navigators can help
Open enrollment at NY State of Health is underway, and AIM's Navigator Program provides free, in-person enrollment assistance.

The Navigator Program helps individuals and families in Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler and Allegany counties enroll into health insurance coverage through the NY State of Health marketplace, and renew or change their health plan for 2019.

The program, funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health, is free and confidential and is not associated with any insurance companies.

AIM has navigators available in Corning, Bath, Hornell, Elmira, Montour Falls, Watkins Glen and multiple locations in Allegany County. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

For more information or to schedule a free appointment, call (607) 962-8225.

Open enrollment ends Jan. 31.
AIM  announces holiday closure dates 
AIM will close all of its offices for holiday observances on the following dates: 
 
Monday, Nov. 12 - Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 23 - Day After Thanksgiving
Monday, Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Christmas Day
Monday, Jan. 31 - New Year's Eve
Tuesday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day
Allegany County health insurance navigator Guild picked as Employee of the Month
Laurette Guild has been selected as AIM's Employee of the Month for November.
 
Guild is a health insurance navigator with AIM's Navigator Program, providing in-person assistance to help enroll people into coverage through the New York State of Health marketplace.

Guild primarily serves Allegany County, taking appointments at the ACCORD Access Center in Belmont, the Bolivar Library, Almond Library, Alfred Box of Books, Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and the Cuba Memorial Hospital, as well as the Hornell Library.

"She has a passion for helping her consumers gain access to affordable health insurance, as well as linking them with other services in the area," one person who nominated her wrote. "Laurette explains the enrollment process to her consumers in a very professional manner. Her goal is to be sure her consumers understand everything about the health insurance plan they are enrolled in so they can get the proper health care they need." 

Welcome to our new hires:

- Claudia Kelly, Receptionist
- Aaron Kish, Finance Specialist
- Jeremy Oakes, Veterans Advocate
- Victoria Paulo-Snyder, Service Coordinator

Promotions

Congratulations to Anne Crozier, who was recently promoted to OPWDD Fiscal Intermediary Coordinator. 

Our current job openings:

- NY Connects Independent Living Coordinator
OPWDD Community Habilitation Coordinator 
- OPWDD Fiscal Intermediary Specialist
- OPWDD Self-Hired Staff
- OPWDD Direct Support Professionals  
- NHTD/TBI Community Integration Counselor
- NHTD Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Specialist 
- CDPAS Specialist
- CDPAS Personal Care Assistants  

View job descriptions and apply online here
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