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Out-of-Home/Residential Care

Out-of-Home/Residential Care provides a therapeutic living environment in community-based facilities for individuals who have emotional and/or behavioral problems and require a structured, supervised treatment program which may include individual, group, family and other treatment modalities as appropriate, but who do not require inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.

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Person Centered Planning Toolkit

Person-Centered Planning Toolkit - The Medicaid Reference Desk

This guide is to help you think about your life, your plans, your needs, and your happiness. It will ask you questions to start thinking about different areas, and will help you identify places to go for support and next steps you can take to make your life the way you want



Personal Allowance Manual

This publication provides guidance on:

  • What personal allowance is
  • How personal allowance should be spent
  • How to comply with personal allowance rules
  • How to calculate the amount of personal allowance


PROMOTE Training Program

PROMOTE training provides staff with the tools they need to help people with development disabilities live richer lives. Much has been learned since New York State implemented the Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP-R) program. PROMOTE encompasses the best practices developed over the past decade, along with up-to-date teaching strategies and technologies designed to effectively engage learners. Promoting a higher quality of life for people with developmental disabilities is everyone’s job. This work can often be challenging and requires staff to think on their feet. With PROMOTE training as a foundation, staff will support each other, communicate effectively, and create a culture that is built on positive relationships. Positive relationships promote richer lives!


Saving Money While on SSI (ABLE Act)

This tip sheet explains how you can have a savings account without threat of losing SSI benefits. The ABLE Act allows people who rely on Social Security Income to save up money for significant expenses. 


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefit and Personal Allowance Amounts

This document shows the monthly SSI amounts that people served by OPWDD may be eligible to receive. The amounts vary, based on living arrangement and geographic location. Provider payment and personal allowance amounts for people residing in OPWDD certified residences are also provided.


Transition Brochure - Housing and Employment Supports

This document provides a brief description of supports offered by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to students who are transitioning from school to adult life. Specifically, the following supports are listed and defined in the brochure: residential supports; supports for community-based living; and employment services.


What to Know When Assisting a Consumer with Mental Illness

This fact sheet is intended to help Navigators identify issues that are unique to consumers with mental health conditions to assist them in making decisions related to their healthcare coverage. This fact sheet discusses the type of health care providers generally accessed by consumers with mental health needs, as well as medications often taken by individuals with mental health needs.

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