For individuals with disabilities living alone, at home, or in small group settings, community habilitation provides the opportunity to acquire or improve skills needed to work toward achieving a person’s life goals. Some skills a community habilitation worker teaches may include: using public transportation, using money, personal hygiene, personal safety, and problem solving skills in emergency situations.
Wraparound Community Services
Wraparound Community Services (WCS) is an innovative program which provides intensive in-home supports for persons with disabilities and their caretakers. The program offers a community based alternative to residential care without compromising quality or safety for OPWDD eligible individuals. Wraparound Community Services is comprised of three distinct programs: Family Care Services (FCS), Shared Living Services (SLS) and Supportive Home Services (SHS). For more information, please contact (845) 294-7300 ext. 254.
Coordinated In-Home Supports
The Coordinated In-Home Support Project is an innovative, collaborative, initiative unlike anything that currently exists within New York State and is supported through Medicaid and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. The program provides a professional service delivered to a child in his/her home and community by Child Habilitation Mentors designed to build skills and reduce problem behaviors by engaging the child in a variety of routine and new activities during the course of each scheduled session. Every child will have an individualized community habilitation plan. In addition to the valued outcomes written into the plans, mentors will work on other areas, keeping the child engaged throughout each scheduled day session. Every child will also have a general behavior plan and some children will have a more detailed plan to address difficult behaviors.
Day Habilitation Without Walls
The Day Habilitation program promotes healthy living through physical activities such as hiking, sports activities, and farming. This program increases socialization through peer interaction. Day Habilitation provides community involvement and outreach through volunteer experiences at several humane societies, providing senior dining meal delivery, cleaning a local church, volunteering at the Salvation Army, and at local farms. Individuals also provide support to local organizations by participating in park clean ups and maintaining community gardens. For more information, please contact (845) 294-7300 ext. 254.
In-Home Respite allows family members a break from the sometimes overwhelming demands of caring for people with disabilities by providing in-home supervision. This service is provided in the home during times that are determined by the family.
ISS Housing Subsidy
OPWDD supports people with developmental disabilities to live as independently in the community as possible by helping with housing costs. This help comes in the form of a housing subsidy. If you ask for a housing subsidy, the amount of your housing subsidy will be decided using a formula that takes into account the county you live in, the number of people who will be living in your home, the number of bedrooms in your home and some other things. You are expected to contribute a percentage of your income towards your housing costs.