Our Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities Services division provides both residential services and community-based services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through our partnership with Rising Ground, we operate more than 20 New York City residential sites, each certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), as well as a range of community-based and pre-vocational programs. To learn more, visit RisingGround.org.
We are proud of our person-centered care model and our ability to work with individuals with varying behavioral presentations and diagnoses, including those who may have turned down by other programs. We believes all of our individuals can be active, contributing members of society. We focus on community habilitation services as well as evidence-based strategies, focusing on the needs of each of our unique residents. Our services follow a person-centered planning approach with input from the individual’s interdisciplinary team. The individual’s personal input is always of highest importance and drives each discussion. With training in Personal Outcome Measures interviewing, our providers ensure the individual is receiving the proper care and service action.
We have recently developed an independent residential opportunity for one of our individuals, a young woman who was ready to move to a more independent setting in the community. Lena (a pseudonym) is now living in her own apartment with community habilitation supports and continued support by her Edwin Gould Medicaid Service Coordinator. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Lena as she originally resided in a State Residential School.
Recently, Lena called her social worker to let him know that she had arrived “home.” He pointed this out to her and she responded with a smile that lit up the room. She was no longer living in an institution or a group home. With eyes sparkling, she asserted once more, “I’m home now,”