Community Services

The Community Services Department provides support and advocacy in the home and community for individuals with disabilities and their families to understand and cope with the stresses of daily life and independence. Emphasis is placed on helping individuals learn living skills and develop community connections.

Community Habilitation - Can be delivered at any non-certified location, including the individual's home. Supports include adaptive skill development, assistance with activities of daily living (hands-on), community inclusion and relationship building, training and support for independence in travel, transportation, adult educational supports, development of social skills, leisure skills, self-advocacy and informed choice skills, and appropriate behavior development to help the individual access their community.

Respite - Intended to give families a break from the caregiver role, provided both in the individual’s home and in the community.

Recreation - Provides recreational opportunities for children and adults, including activities within the agency, in the local community, as well as out-of-town activities. The recreation department offers both adults and children opportunities to have fun and experience integration in the community. Activities include bowling, day outings, camp-outs, sporting and arts events. The department often works in cooperation with existing programs (Genesee Community College Recreation, Special Olympics, etc.) and community resources to offer a variety of living skills trainings and social activities.

Fiscal Intermediary Services – This is a great option for people who prefer self-directed services. Financial Intermediary (FI) allows individuals to make their own decisions about services, living arrangements, staffing, and managing their own budgets. This co-management style allows the participant and his/her circle of support to maintain the day-to-day control while the FI ensures federal and state labor laws are followed. The FI ensures that hiring paperwork is completed and maintains personnel files, processes payroll, and writes checks for other authorized expenses.

Family Reimbursement - Provides financial assistance to families that have a loved one with developmental disabilities living with them. This is primarily for a good/service that is considered an added expense for an individual who resides with their family, for example, adaptive equipment that Medicaid does not cover, etc.

Empowering Families - Educates families on how the educational system works and teaches families how to advocate for their child in the school setting. This training involves attending CPSE/CSE/EI meetings with the family and advocating for the family as needed. Also provides support groups for families with loved ones with autism.

Family Support Services – Additional Services under the Community Services/Family Support umbrella include counseling, advocacy, transportation for medical appointments, person-centered planning, start up broker, and support broker services.