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Waiver Services

Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (HCBS) A Medicaid program that removes certain previous eligibility restrictions. Only needed services are provided either at home, in an Individual Residential Alternative (IRA), or in the community. The number of waiver openings is determined by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). A prospective participant may select GEC or any other authorized waiver provider agency.

Medicaid Service Coordination

Following acceptance into the waiver, the participant chooses a service coordinator/case manager who develops an ISP (Individual Service Plan), sees that services are provided, monitors progress and serves as advocate for the individual.

Adult Day Services

Pre-Vocational Program, Day Habilitation without walls and Center-Based Day Habilitation Program provide training and work activities to participants enabling them to be active and productive community members.

Habilitation Services (Day and Residential)

Encourages independence through integration into the community and enhances skills necessary to function capably within the home environment.

Respite Care

A service designed to provide relief to primary care-givers.

Environmental Modification

Physical changes in a participant's home that will enable him or her to function with greater independence.

Adaptive Technology

Specialized communications aids or adaptive devices that enable the participant to live at home with greater safety and independence.

For more information about waiver and service coordination/case management services, please call Barbara Yacovello, Waiver Service Coordinator, at 718.836.4015.

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