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Community Habilitation

Community Habilitation is a Medicaid funded program operated under the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to provide one-to-one and/or group training to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to develop or enhance the skills needed to live more independently in their homes or in the community.

Community Habilitation support includes

  • Adaptive skill development
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Community inclusion and relationship building
  • Development of social skills
  • Increasing independent living skills
  • Travel training
  • Money management
  • Leisure skills
  • Appropriate behavior development to help the individual access their community
  • Assistance and support with medical appointments

How to Participate

Community Habilitation supports the person’s Life Plan and contains activities that are developed to help the person achieve his/her goals. The program is developed specifically for each person.

Community Habilitation may include support like personal care, supervision, and protective oversight, but these components do not constitute the entirety of the service.

Community Habilitation is available to individuals living independently in the community or with their family. However, it can be an option for individuals living in certified residential settings as well.

To participate in Community Habilitation, the person needs to contact the Regional Front Door intake team and:

  • Have their eligibility confirmed.
  • Have that service recommended.

To check eligibility, visit opwdd.ny.gov/eligibility.

For residents living in Genesee and Orleans, call 800-487-6310.

For residents living in Livingston and Wyoming, call 855-679-3335.

For people already receiving support, their care manager can assist them in obtaining Community Habilitation if appropriate.

Once you have eligibility and service authorization you can complete the application for services with Arc GLOW.