The Community Services Department provides advocacy and support for individuals with disabilities and their families. Through an array of different program options, the Community Services department specializes in Person Centered Planning to each individual that provides opportunities for each person to experience their desired potential in life. Our main focus is placed on supporting people to achieve their individual independence in daily living skills, developing and maintaining community connections, achieving personal goals and the ultimate, overall quality of life for each service participant.



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Traditional HCBS Waiver Services

Respite — A service provided to relieve caregivers who provide primary care and support of someone with a developmental disability.

IRA Community Habilitation — Available for those people residing in a certified setting and provided in lieu of day services and must take place outside of the residence.

Self Directed HCBS Waiver Services

Fiscal Intermediary  As a Fiscal Intermediary agency, we provide HCBS Waiver services that support the self-directing person in billing and payment of budgeted goods and services, fiscal accounting and reporting, ensuring Medicaid and corporate compliance, conducting required staff background checks and general administrative supports.

Support Brokerage — A Support Broker provides support to a person who chooses to self-direct their services by assisting the person/family with development, maintenance and monitoring of a Self-Direction Budget, facilitates Circle of Support (COS) ensuring the team keeps the person’s best interests in mind and operates within the principles of self-determination.

Community Habilitation - Services delivered largely in the community and designed to encourage community integration and promote independence, Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s), travel training, communication, social skills, financial management, adaptive skill development, personal care, health care and protective oversight and supervision.

Respite — A service provided to relieve caregivers who provide primary care and support of someone with a developmental disability.

Supported Employment — A service that includes both direct and indirect activities associated with helping a person get a job and gain skills necessary to retain the job.

Community Transition Services — A once-in-a-lifetime $3,000 allotment to assist an individual with expenses related to moving out of a certified setting and into a non-certified setting (household items, security deposit, first month’s rent, etc.).

Individualized Directed Goods and Services — Services, equipment or supplies not otherwise provided through OPWDD’s HCBS waiver or through the Medicaid State Plan that address an identified need in a participant’s service plan.

Live-In Caregiver — A service that uses an unrelated care provider who resides in the same household as the person, and provides as-needed support to the participant, so that he/she can live safely and successfully in his or her own home.

VIDEO: My Self-Directed Life/Jim

VIDEO: My Self-Directed Life/Dolores

Family Support Service Contracts

  • Family Reimbursement
  • Empowering Families/Educational Advocacy
  • Person Centered Planning
  • Training/Workshops/Support Groups
  • Intake/Service Access
  • Paving the Way/Transition Services
  • Intensive Family Services
  • Camp Rainbow Summer Camp
  • Individuals Supporting Successful Inclusion
  • ISS/Housing Subsidy

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