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Family Peer Support and Advocacy

NY Connects

Resource Author/Owner/Service Provider

NYS Office for the Aging (SOFA)


NY Connects provides information and assistance related to long-term services and supports in New York State for people of all ages or with any type of disability. NY Connects uses a searchable directory for programs, providers, and services in your area.

NY Connects staff can help link you to long-term services and supports, such as home care, transportation and meals. The goal is to help individuals live as independently as possible while meeting their medical, social and functional needs that arise from aging or disability. This program helps individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals.

Contact your local office to:

  • Get information by phone, online, or in person.
  • Connect to long-term services and supports regardless of diagnosis, age or how you will pay for services.
  • Receive guidance and coordination as you go through assessment and eligibility processes.
  • Help with completing applications and enrollment in public assistance benefits, such as Medicaid.
  • Or for any additional information.




  • 1-800-342-9871, Toll Free, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Language Assistance Available


AccessibilityAssistive TechnologyCommunication of Medical InformationCommunication SkillsEmploymentEnglish as a Second LanguageFamily Peer Support and AdvocacyFamily/School CommunicationGeneral Support for FamiliesHygiene/Self CareInformation and ReferralLanguage & Speech Services/SigningLife Skill DevelopmentLong-Term Care (LTC)Medical ManagementMedication ManagementMobilityMoney ManagementMotor/Physical DisabilitiesRecreation/Clubs/SportsSelf-AdvocacySelf-Directed CareSupport GroupsTransportationVision Impairment/Blindness

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NY Connects

Suicide Crisis Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255) Toll Free
1-800-799-4889 TTY

Child Abuse & Maltreatment Hotline
1-800-342-3720, Toll Free
1-800-638-5163, TTD/TTY
1-800-342-3720, NY Relay

Vulnerable Persons Central Register (VPCR) Hotline
1-855-373-2122 Toll Free
1-855-373-2123 TTD/TTY

Addiction Recovery Resources
1-877-846-7369 Toll Free

Become a Family Peer Advocate (FPA)
1-888-326-8644 Toll Free

COMBAT HEROIN and Prescription Drug Abuse
1-877-846-7369 Toll Free

Individual and Family Support Unit - Justice Center
1-800-624-4143 Toll Free
7-1-1 and give operator 1-800-624-4143 NY Relay

Pre- and Post-Adoption Services
888-354-1342 Toll Free

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council