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Adult Services
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Adult Services

Adult Services

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Our goal at Community Services is to empower the people we serve to live the most independent lives possible. We offer a wide range of programs that are tailored to the specific needs of the people we support to help them achieve their goals.

To learn more about the services we provide, click on the blue bars below.

Day Services

Day Services

Day Services

Our Day Services consist of several different programs including Community Habilitation, Certified Day Habilitation, and Community Based Day Habilitation.

  • Community Habilitation is a service that assists people who either live at home with a loved one or independently in the community to maintain or develop the highest level of independence possible for them.

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    Individuals work on goals to build independent living skills in self-care, general household chores, mobility training, financial management, appropriate social skills and more. Weekly schedules are established by the individual and services can be provided any day of the week. We also offer a similar service to people still living in a residential setting with a desire to move out into the community.

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  • Certified Day Habilitation is available to a person regardless of their living environment, and takes place in a non-residential setting. This program helps people improve their self-help, socialization and adaptive skills.

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    Activities, such as volunteer opportunities, are designed to develop these skills and help people achieve greater independence, inclusion in the community inclusion, build relationships and more.

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  • Community Based Day Habilitation promotes community inclusion and integration. Some of the programs offered through this service include Believe to Achieve, Individual Retirement Experience (IRE), and Supplemental group Day Habilitation.

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    Believe to Achieve programs are provided for adults and teens, and consist of small groups who create their own calendar of events for the month which often include volunteer activities. Our Individual Retirement Experience is for seniors 50+ and provide community activities based on people’s interests. Supplemental Day Habilitation is offered on evenings and weekends and focuses on building social skills through activities ranging from bowling to movies to self-advocacy groups.

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Employment Services

Employment Services

Employment Services

Helping the people we support develop work skills and connecting them with competitive employment opportunities is a key focus at Community Services.

  • ACCES-VR offers several programs to help adults and youth obtain and retain competitive employment.

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    ACCES-VR Intensive Services provide vocational counseling and rehabilitation services that result in successful employment outcomes. Youth Employment Services are geared toward assisting youth with their transition into the working world by helping them develop soft skills, obtain work experience and more. ACCES-VR Extended Services follow along Supported Employment services to employed people who are not Medicaid eligible.

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  • Supported Employment offers the supports people need to obtain and maintain paid, competitive jobs.

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    People with developmental disabilities often transition to Supported Employment after receiving employment services from ACCES-VR or programs that offer intensive training.

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  • The Employment Training Program offers people an opportunity to work in an internship that will lead to permanent employment in a community business.

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    Program participants also attend job readiness classes, receive increase job development and job coaching services, and develop other work-related skills.

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  • Community Prevocational Services addresses a person’s vocational interests.

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    These services assist people who are interested in obtaining a job but whose skills are such that they may not expect to obtain competitive employment within the next year. Prevocational services include support and training related to the ability to obtain and retain employment.

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  • Pathway to Employment is a person-centered employment planning and support services that helps people obtain, maintain or advance in competitive employment or self-employment.

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    Through this program, people identify a career or vocational direction, develop job readiness skills, and create a plan to achieve employment at or above the New York State minimum wage.

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Self-Directed Services

Self-Directed Services

Self-Directed Services

Self-Directed Services give people the opportunity to make important decisions about their staff and their services. Each person chooses their own staff to help them develop a plan and to support their needs, where they will live, what work they want to do, how they control their budget, how they participate in the community and how they spend their time. These services are designed to help each person develop their own plan to become more independent.

Project C.O.A.C.H.

Project C.O.A.C.H.

Project C.O.A.C.H.

Project C.O.A.C.H. provides telephone counseling, referral, outreach and intervention/prevention to people and their families in the community. This service is offered to those who are experiencing a crisis or are isolated and require prevention through telephone contact. Project C.O.A.C.H. is provided after typical office hours.

Family Reimbursement Program

Family Reimbursement Program

Family Reimbursement Program

The Family Reimbursement Program (FRP) assists with expenses faced by families caring for a person with developmental disabilities. The goal of the FRP is to enhance family stability and positively impact health, safety and emotional well-being.

Expenses covered under the FRP may include goods and services, respite care, community involvement, and other items. Families are eligible for the FRP if they have a family member with a developmental disability who lives at home and eligibility has been determined by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

To apply, complete and submit an application with supporting documentation to:

Family Reimbursement Specialist
452 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

FRP Welcome Letter

FRP Application

Guidelines

Rep Payee Services

Rep Payee Services

Rep Payee Services

Our Rep Payee programs helps people build their financial skills with the goal of financial independence. This includes helping people learn money safety, how to use a savings and checking account, how to save money when grocery shopping and more. This program offers important skills to help people become more independent.

Rental and Transitional Subsidies

Rental and Transitional Subsidies

Rental and Transitional Subsidies

Rental and Transitional Subsidies assist adults with developmental disabilities to become more independent in the community. Funding is available to provide a housing subsidy to people seeking housing in the community that may not be able to afford to continue to live independently without this rental support. The housing subsidy may be applied toward the person’s rent/lease, mortgage (including taxes), condo/co-op or other direct housing costs.

Transportation

Transportation

Transportation

Our Transportation Service is available to families when no other transportation option exists. This service is accessible on weekends, evenings and holidays or any other time that public transportation is not offered. Families can freely schedule a service anytime within the criteria that is agreed upon in their service plan.

Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI)

Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI)

Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI)

ATI (Alternatives to Incarceration) is a Department of Criminal Justice Services program. This ATI program specifically supports those who have a developmental or learning disability. The program provides advocacy and assistance throughout the court process and monitors legal obligations while working with probation, parole and courts to establish a plan for success. Program staff will conduct assessments and provide case management in order to determine risk related to reducing recidivism. The services is available within Erie County.

Health Homes

Health Homes

Health Homes

Our Adult Health Homes and ATI are designed to help families and individuals both in the community and in the home.

  • A Health Home is a care management service model that connects all of a person’s health professionals to improve communication so that all of a patient’s needs are completely met. This is done primarily through a “Care Manager” who oversees and provides access to all of the services a person needs to make sure they have everything necessary to stay healthy, out of the emergency room, and out of the hospital.

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    What does a Health Home do?
    A Health Home offers six core services:

    • Comprehensive care management
    • Care coordination and health promotion
    • Comprehensive transitional care
    • Individual and family support
    • Referral to community and social support services
    • Health information technology
    • For more information about who is eligible for an Adult Health Home, download our brochure below.
      Children’s Health Homes brochure

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In-Home Services

In-Home Services

In-Home Services

The Habilitation Services Department will provide home and community based skills or self-development training services to children and adults who are exhibiting deficits in independent living care skills. The focus is to increase or maintain the skills of the person, thereby reducing reliance on family caregivers. Skills development training will be provided individually or in a group setting in the person’s home or community location. This can include continuing education to teach or develop skills of the individual served. Training will include budgeting, financial management, cooking, nutrition, shopping, housekeeping, personal hygiene, laundry, mobility training, parenting skills, and leisure skills development and any other skill needed by the person referred to the program.

Intensive Supports

Intensive Supports

Intensive Supports

Intensive Supports is a program that works to provide families with relief services. This is a time-limited service that provides both in-home and community supports within 7 counties of Western New York. This program schedules services based on family’s needs and schedules. This program is able to staff up to 3 people per one service recipient, while also having clinical and nursing support access.

Behavioral Services

Behavioral Services

Behavioral Services

Helping the people we support develop work skills and connecting them with competitive employment opportunities is a key focus at Community Services.

  • Our Behavior Intervention Program provides in-home behavioral and parenting support services to people residing with their families.

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    This includes adults, children and parents with developmental disabilities. Collaborative in-home evaluations are completed to assess the behaviors present and develop a family-centered plan. The BIS and Technician partner with the family to train and work on a plan to provide these supports in a familiar setting where the person feels secure. The goal is to implement successful techniques that manage or eliminate behaviors completely.

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  • Intensive Behavioral Services (IBS) provides behavioral support to those residing in non-certified settings or Family Care Homes, who are waiver enrolled and who present with challenging behaviors.

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    Prior authorization from the local DDRO is required before a referral can be made. Collaborative in-home evaluations are completed to assess the behaviors present, conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment and develop a Behavior Support Plan. The service is time-limited for a period of up to 180 calendar days. The services include up to 25 hours of in-home service after the plan has been developed.

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