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Warren & Washington Counties ARC
Queensbury , NY 12804
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Warren & Washington Counties ARC advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Services include residential programs, habilitation services, guardianship and advocacy, Medicaid Service Coordination and respite services.
The mission of the Warren & Washington Counties ARC (WWARC) is to provide services, advocate for and offer opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, enabling them to realize their full potential in our communities.
It is our vision to be the best at supporting people with disabilities (and their families) by empowering them to make choices about their lives and the services they receive. We envision a future where all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are fully included as members of a community that embraces the diversity of all people.
Residential Programs - WWARC currently operates 37 very individualized residential programs across Warren and Washington counties in upstate New York. Our homes range from those that offer intensive supports to those structured as supportive apartments. We provide services specific to the individual instead of trying to fit individuals into an existing mold. Services are designed to maximize independence and community inclusion for individuals residing in the programs in the least restrictive settings possible. We are in the process of downsizing larger programs as well as developing homes for those with more intensive health needs.
Day Habilitation - Providing meaningful activities for individuals to engage in during the day, including continuing education, skill acquisition, volunteerism, cultural and recreational pursuits, and social skills training. WWARC currently operates two sites: one in Queensbury in Warren County and the other in Hudson Falls in Washington County.
Guardianship - Providing assistance to families to obtain legal guardianship of their loved ones, where appropriate, through the Surrogate Court System. If there is no family available, under the NYSARC umbrella, WWARC can act in the capacity of guardian for individuals.
Family Support Services- An array of services are available to serve families caring for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program is based on the belief that quality services promote healthy families. Family Support Services are flexible and responsive to the individual needs of those we serve. Families can be assured their loved one will enjoy fun and safe activities under the supervision of highly trained and professional staff.
Family Support Services (FSS) include:
- Respite (Overnight): Overnight Respite is provided on the weekends at the Van Dusen Respite Center in Queensbury. The beautiful, spacious home is open for weekend overnight respite beginning Friday at 2:00 PM and closing Sunday at 4:00 PM. The home welcomes up to ten guests at a time, and plans respite stays based on individuals' similar needs and interests.
- Respite (School Break): This respite service is offered during many school breaks. Primarily a recreational program for individuals still attending school, the program operates at the Van Dusen Respite Center in Queensbury, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
- Sitter Reimbursement Services: Designed to provide a caretaker with intermittent respite, families are able to "hire" their own sitter on as-needed basis, and receive reimbursement from WWARC.
- Community Habilitation: This service provides individualized assessment, training, and assistance to increase an individual's independence and skill set both at home and in the community. Individualized activities and supports are planned based on each person's unique goals and interests.
- Recreation: Our Sunday recreation progra offers recreational and social opportunities for up to five individuals. Some activities offered include trips to museums and parks, arts and crafts, hiking, and apple picking, among others. Hours vary depending on the activities planned.
Medicaid Service Coordination - A Medicaid Service Coordinator assists individuals and their families to develop and attain life goals through identifying and accessing needed services. This service helps to set the framework to assist individuals in realizing their full potential. Services include advocacy, securing financial and medical benefits, accessing health services and employment, and much more. The Medicaid Service Coordinator ties all this together in a comprehensive document called and Individualized Service Plan (ISP).
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