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Health Care Access

Health care access includes programs whose primary purpose is to help individuals and families achieve and maintain physical well-being through the study, prevention, screening, evaluation and treatment of people who have illnesses, injuries or disabilities; and the provision of family planning, maternity and other services that relate to human reproduction and sexual health.

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Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Older Adults Video

This video, jointly produced by the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovaton and SAGE, the nation’s largest and oldest organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders, looks at the unique experiences and needs of LGBTQ older adults to get at the vital importance of providers making efforts to become familiar with the diverse populations they serve, and be ready to meet consumers where they are in providing for their health care needs.

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Disability.Gov

Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information about disability-related programs, services, policies, laws and regulations. The site links to thousands of resources from many different federal government agencies, as well as state and local governments and nonprofit organizations across the country.

Every day, new resources are added to Disability.gov’s 10 main subject areas: Benefits, Civil Rights, Community Life, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Employment, Health, Housing, Technology and Transportation. You’ll find information on topics such as Social Security disability benefits, job accommodations for employees with disabilities, accessible housing, and organizations in your state that can help you find a job or live independently.

Please keep in mind that Disability.gov is an “information and referral” website, which means almost every time you select a resource, you will go to another website. For example, a resource about Social Security disability benefits may direct you to  Social Security Administration (www.ssa.gov). Disability.gov is not responsible for the maintenance, accuracy or accessibility of information on these websites.

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Early Intervention Program

The NYS Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. First created by Congress in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the EIP is administered by the New York State Department of Health through the Bureau of Early Intervention. In New York State, the Early Intervention Program is established in Article 25 of the Public Health Law and has been in effect since July 1, 1993.

View Early Intervention Programs using our MSNavigator Mapping Tool.

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Growing Up Healthy Hotline

The Department of Health operates the Growing Up Healthy Hotline, which provides information about health care, nutrition and other health and human services. The hotline provides information and referral 24 hours/day, seven days a week in English and Spanish and other languages.

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How to Get a Good Start on the Outside

This guide provides helpful tips and contact information for various services for people that have recently been released from prison and are transitioning back into society.

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Medicaid Health Homes

A ´Health Home´ is not a physical place; it is a group of health care and service providers working together to make sure you get the care and services you need to stay healthy. Once you are enrolled in a Health Home, you will have a care manager that works with you to develop a care plan. A care plan maps out the services you need, to put you on the road to better health. Some of the services may include:

  • Connecting to health care providers,
  • Connecting to mental health and substance abuse providers,
  • Connecting to needed medications,
  • Help with housing,
  • Social services (such as food, benefits, and transportation) or,
  • Other community programs that can support and assist you.

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myBenefits!

The myBenefits! website determines eligibility for assistance programs, health insurance tax credits and other programs. This website provides a tool that allows users to enter all their information only once and learn to determine eligibility to many programs.

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National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC)

This project develops disability-content materials, including a technical assistance guide; a dedicated website with URL that will include all materials as well as state-specific information, resources, and experiences; provides on-going TA to navigators via typical TA methods (e.g. webinars, topic-specific fact sheets, short issue briefs, newsletters, list serves); and discusses the feasibility of providing “hands-on” technical assistance to navigators and/or their host organizations.

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NYS Local Departments of Social Services

New York State is divided into 58 local social services districts. The five boroughs of New York City comprise one district. Outside of New York City each district corresponds to one of the fifty-seven counties that make up the remainder of the state. County Departments of Social Services (DSS) provide or administer the full range of publicly funded social services and cash assistance programs. Families whose income meets state guidelines and who meet other criteria, may be able to receive a subsidy to offset some of their child care costs. If you are interested in learning more about the availability of child care subsidies in your county, please contact your DSS office.

Listed on this web page is an alphabetical list of the fifty-eight DSS Offices available throughout New York State.

Please Note: The NYS Office of Children and Family Services, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the Department of Health have supervisory oversight of the social services districts.

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NYS Medicaid Expansion Information

This web page provides New York State-specific resources about state marketplaces; NYS Assistive Technology Program; Medicaid Redesign; Community Outreach Collaboratives and more.

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