Community Habilitation

At Community Mainstreaming, we provide Community Habilitation services to help you or your loved one with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) find a higher level of freedom. As a Medicaid-funded program that operates under the New York State Office for People with Developmental (OPWDD), Community Habilitation is engineered for those who live with family, loved ones, or independently within the community. To be eligible for Community Habilitation, you or your loved one must:

  • Have a Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC)
  • Be Waiver Services enrolled (Your MSC will help with enrollment)

People living in certified residences can utilize Community Habilitation instead of certified day programs — but only Monday – Friday during vocational & day program hours. Through OPWDD funding, the team at Community Mainstreaming will coordinate services and assist those with IDD develop and/or enhance the skills necessary to live more independently.

Because everyone is different and has different needs, we use a person-centered approach to increase independence and help each individual live a life full of meaningful interaction and possibilities. Most importantly, we cater our services to be consistent with you or your loved one’s needs — as well as the needs of the family.

Individuals are carefully matched with a specially-trained Community Habilitation specialist  and will work either on a one-on-one basis, in small functional group settings, or in a combination of both. Our goal is to help you and your family think strategically about the areas we may be able to enhance independence. Some of these most common areas include:

  • Assistance with daily living skills – health and personal safety, personal care, and money management
  • Opportunities to work on personal skills in the community
  • Travel training – learning how to navigate in the community
  • Health & wellness
  • Self-advocacy & making informed choices
  • Social skills development
  • Money management
  • Food preparation
  • Safe use of public transportation

Our Community Habilitation program largely centers on teaching and enhancing proficiency within the home. We work to bolster personal care and household care skills at every level — with aspirations of helping individuals take care of their belongings, themselves, and their space.

Our self-directed Community Habilitation model allows those with disabilities — or those helping them — make a range of choices about their future. For instance, some of the self-directed options may include determining:

  • How they engage their community,
  • What they do during the day,
  • Where they live,
  • Who they choose to spend their day with,
  • And more.

Through this model, individuals with IDD may hire their own staff while creating budgets to manage and develop life plans. In addition, self-directed Community Habilitation offers the opportunity to decide which services and supports will be instrumental in building the desired future and quality of life.

Community Mainstreaming helps adults living with IDD maximize their potential. While we use a range of different tools and best practices, one of our primary ways of increasing independence is through the establishing of strong community connections.

Under our guidance, we’ll help you or your loved one develop valuable connections throughout the neighborhood for a richer, more engaged style of life. We strongly support Community Habilitation participants in becoming involved in local support groups, utilizing neighborhood vendors, and participating in local events.

At Community Mainstreaming, we are passionate about helping those with IDD live a higher quality, more independent life. We provide a range of innovative and flexible services to meet the changing needs of those with IDD and their families. Our goal is to maximize each individual’s potential to lead to a purposeful life through recreational opportunities, social connections, and a full range of employment opportunities.

Contact Community Mainstreaming today to learn more about our Medicaid-funded Community Habilitation program.