About This Program
Family Support Services assists families of people with developmental disabilities with the goal of maintaining their family member within the family unit through a variety of services. Services include: Supplemental Group Day Habilitation, Respite Services, In-Home Respite Services, Site-Based Respite, Respite Voucher Reimbursement Program.
ACLD’s Respite Services offer temporary relief of care responsibilities to primary caregivers with family members who have developmental disabilities living in the home. ACLD offers opportunities for respite services in the home or at our site-based location. Respite Services can be provided to people with a documented developmental disability who meet OPWDD eligibility requirements. Respite Services can be provided only to individuals residing at home with their family.
In-Home Respite is available to both children and adults. ACLD hires Respite Counselors who come to the family home to temporarily relieve the primary caregiver of their responsibility. ACLD has Respite Counselors on staff, or the family may refer a trusted person that ACLD can hire if the individual meets has the requirements to hold the position.
Site Based Respite is available to adults and takes place on site at an ACLD facility. This service is offered in the evenings on Thursdays and Fridays, year-round. Dinner is included and transportation can be provided within Nassau County and Western Suffolk County. Social and recreational activities are offered to attendees.
Our Respite Voucher Reimbursement Program is available to children without Medicaid to hire their own Respite Counselor and be reimbursed up to $1000 per year through an OPWDD grant. Families may only use one agency’s reimbursement program per year and must complete the Grant receipt to request funds.
The Family Member Training provides information, referrals, life planning assistance, and transition planning awareness to individuals with intellectual and or developmental disabilities and their families seeking services to enhance their lives. Family member training also provides information and referrals to local schools, hospitals and other agencies.
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