Trust Services – NYSARC Trust Services has been administering supplemental needs trusts since 1972, offering several trust programs, including first-party pooled trusts, a third-party pooled trust, and individual trusts. These programs qualify as supplemental needs trusts allowing the disabled individual to maintain eligibility for Medicaid, SSI, and/or other government benefits. Trust funds are used to enhance the quality of life of the disabled beneficiary. The programs are open to individuals with varying disabilities. For more information, please click here.
Guardianship: NYSARC’s Corporate Guardianship program serves as an advocate and supported decision-maker for people who need assistance with major life choices. Guardianship Coordinators/Staff and volunteer committee members maintain a person-centered approach to ensuring that to the greatest extent possible, decisions reflect the choices and preference of the person. For more information, please click here.
NYSARC recognizes the unique capacities and support needs of each individual we support. Throughout our 48 Chapters, services are provided that enhance skills and increase opportunities for inclusion in virtually every area of life. Working in partnership with people who have developmental disabilities and their families, supports can be tailored to meet individual life goals. While varying slightly, below is a list services available through most Chapters:
Community Habilitation: When the goal is to be as independent as possible in all life areas, including activities of daily living and engaged in the community, community habilitation can be there answer. Community habilitation focuses on relationship building, independence with travel, leisure skills, and all activities of daily living.
Day Habilitation: Whether center or community based, day habilitation programs offer opportunities for socialization, skill development, interest exploration, and even volunteer work. Seniors may find that day habilitation answers their need to continue to be active and engaged later in life.
Employment Services: Obtaining competitive, integrated employment is often more involved than completing a job application. Employment specialists in NYSARC Chapters are skilled at guiding individuals with developmental disabilities through the process of vocational exploration, job identification, interviewing, and on-the-job coaching leading to successful employment.
Residential Services: NYSARC Chapters offer a full array of residential services to people who require 24/7 support in all areas of daily living to those who need only occasional staff visits. Whether in a community residence, an apartment, or a home owned by the individual with a developmental disability, person-centered residential services support the development of valuable skills of daily living.
Preschool: Several of our Chapters offer highly structured, supportive, and engaging preschool programs for children ages 3 to 5. Many of these programs welcome children with and without disabilities.
Prevocational Services: Prevocational services focus on identifying vocational interests and sharpening needed skills specific to certain types of employment and more global skills such as employer expectations and workplace behavior. Competitive, community based employment is the ultimate goal.
Service Coordination: Navigating the wide range of supports and services available to people who have developmental disabilities can be a difficult task without the guidance of an experienced, well trained Medicaid Service Coordinator. Service Coordinators facilitate access to needed services and benefits and serve as advocates who ensure supports are moving each individual toward the attainment of life goals.
Recreation: Recognizing that recreation and leisure are essential to quality of life, NYSARC Chapters offers a wide variety of opportunities to have fun and explore artistic avenues. Movies, sporting events, travel, hiking, and visual and performing art classes can all be on the schedule.
Respite Services: Respite services provide temporary support to caregivers helping to reduce overall family stress. Respite can be provided in the home or out of the home, during the day, evenings, or overnight.
Please contact your local NYSARC Chapter for specific information about these and other supports that may be available.
29 British American Blvd.
Latham, NY 12110
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Latham, New York 12110
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