Family Support Services
The Family Support Program offers a variety of services including case management, day habilitation and recreational services to individuals with developmental disabilities residing in the Chemung County area. All of the services that we provide are based upon a person-centered approach. This approach is a philosophy that is built on looking at each individual and his/her strengths, interests, preferences and abilities. While we also need to look at areas of weakness and need, these factors do not drive a person's life plan. The individual is in the driver's seat and is in charge of the planning process. A variety of approaches may be used to assist the individual to express interest and life style choices.
Medicaid Service Coordination
MSC is a Medicaid State Plan service provided by OMRDD to provide case managment services. A service coordinator provides linkage and referrals to any needed services and serves as an advocate for the person. A service coordinator must have a minimum of one face-to-face each month with the people s/he serve, with one visit being in the individual's home each quarter. A person-centered planning approach is used to develop, implement and maintain an individual's plan. Service coordination promotes the concept of choice, individualized services and support, as well as the individual's satisfaction.
Offering specialized training for parents who have developmental disabilities to enhance their parenting and independent living skills. The skills taught help the family become more effective and confident in caring for children. The preventive services trainer visits the person a minimum of one time per week and works on various parenting skills. Linkage and referrals to services identified by the preventive services trainer during the intake process and subsequent training sessions are made.
Services that are designed to provide general assistance to persons in accordance with his/her individualized service plan, to acquire and maintain those life skills that enable s/he to cope more effectively with his/her environment. Habilitation services are directed toward acquiring, retaining and improving the self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in home and community-based settings. We provide habilitation services in three ways:
Community Habilitation ServicesAfter School Respite
Community Habilitation is a skill building, or teaching support, that provides people with opportunities to learn skills taht will assist them in living a more independent life in their community. Utilzing a person-centered approach, the individual and his/her Circle of Support determine the areas of support in which the person wishes to concentrate. Community Habilitation staff provide assistance with acquisition, retention and improvement in areas of household skills, socialization, money management, health and wellness, and utilizing community resources. In the community we assist individuals with learning about the resources and supports available and how to access those resources in meaningful ways. Individuals wishing to participate must meet OPWDD eligibility requirements and be enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver.
Summer Pals is a recreation program provided in collaboration with the Chemung County Summer Cohesion program. A "program within a program", Summer Pals provides socialization and recreational opportunties for children ages 6 to 12 for six weeks during the summer months. Staff support children in participating in activities with all of their peers, and assist them in learning appropriate socialization skills in order to be more successfully included in their community. Children must meet OPWDD eligibility requirements and be enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver to participate.
Seniors Day Program (Seniors Program Brochure)
Located at the Broad Street Community Center in Horseheads, NY, the Seniors Day Habilitation program is a service that provides older individuals with a meaningful day program offering group and individual social, health-related, and recreational activities that develop and maintain appropriate social behaviors, communication skills, and safety and healthcare skills that are related to an individual's service plan. Many individuals choose to attend our program after they retire and no longer work. The program is designed to enable an individual to improve and maintain his or her self-help, social, and adaptive skills.
Chemung ARC offers a full day program (8:30am - 3pm), filled with fun activities planned on a monthly basis including daily outings that promote community inclusion. Lunch and a morning snack are provided each day.
An individual who is eligible for the Seniors Day Hab program must meet the eligibility requirements for OMRDD services. The Seniors Program is a Medicaid funded program. Candidates must be eligible for Medicaid, be HCBS Waiver enrolled or be eligible for mirrored services.
The Seniors Program provides an individual with the opportunity for:
After School Respite is a program for 13 to 21 year old adolescents who meet OPWDD eligibility criteria and are enrolled in the HCBS waiver. After School Respite takes place during the after school hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Ernie Davis Community Center. Approximate hours are 2pm-6pm. This program provides socialization and recreational opportunities, taking place in a setting in which teenagers supported can participate with their peers (including other teenagers who are not diagnosed with a developmental disability). Staff provide supervision to students at a 1 staff to 2 student ratio.
Provides individuals age 8 and beyond an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities (Bocce, bowling, swimming, Special Olympics, overnight trips, etc.) The program also provides an opportunity to increase socialization skills (dances, parties), increase team-building skills (special teams for Special Olympic events) and participate in competitive sports. Individuals interested in adult programs must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 have a choice as to whether they would like to participate in the adult or youth programs. Some transportation is available.
Individual Support Services
ISS provides financial support to individuals to enable them to live more independently within the community. Financial assistance can be provided to supplement costs in areas such as rent, utilities, food, transportation, recreation, childcare or medication. To be eligible, the individual must have a documented developmental disability and reside independently in the community. A proposal for service is developed and submitted to the Finger Lakes DDSO for consideration. If approved, a person remains in the program until such time as their financial situation or status is deemed to be inappropriate to continue receiving the funding.
Family reimbursement provides financial assistance for goods and services to families that have a family member with a developmental disability residing in their home. This program assists the family in reimbursing costs in three categories: respite, recreation, and goods and services (special adaptive equipment, medication, incontinence products, special clothing, special diet needs and other supplies). The process requires an application and review of the request by the Family Reimbursement Committee. Awards are based upon available funds and number of applications.
To apply for any of the services listed, please contact:
Family Support Services
711 Sullivan Street
Elmira, NY 14901