Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Many individuals who participate in BCS’s programs cannot pursue vocational training or placement due to the degree of their intellectual disability. They receive pre-vocational services, including Day Habilitation, Community Habilitation, and BCS Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC).

 

Day Habilitation

The BCS Community for All Day Habilitation Program is a person centered program that provides adults with intellectual disabilities a comprehensive and diverse range of services. The ultimate goal is full community integration and inclusion in employment opportunities.

Community for All participants are individuals who despite their intellectual disabilities, self-direct their lives in achieving happiness, success, individuality, and community inclusion. They give back to their communities by serving lunches at senior centers, working at animal shelters, Child Day Care Centers, and volunteering in retail settings. They enrich the world around them through volunteering and they participate in creative expression groups through a multi-faceted art program. Individuals at Community for All aspire to achieve and inspire their communities every day.

Individuals Learn To:

  • Better navigate their communities (locally and outer)
  • Engage in activities of choice which promote community inclusion for each individual
  • Become more independent
  • Build skills for future employment
  • Engage in activities leading to life after program (for individuals 50 and over)

BCS COMMUNITY FOR ALL Day Habilitation Program offers on-site CLINICAL SERVICES to include:

  • Psychology
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychosexual Therapy

Location:

540 Atlantic Ave – 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY   11217

For more information contact:

La’Kisha Brooks, Program Director
718-943-4247 or 718-222-8632
lbrooks@wearebcs.org

Medicaid Service Coordination Program (MSC)

Medicaid Service Coordination is a Medicaid State Plan provided by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Its purpose is to assist intellectually disabled persons in obtaining access to services and supports appropriate to their needs and interests, while promoting the concepts of choice, individualized service, and customer satisfaction.

Medicaid Service Coordination is provided by qualified service coordinators, and uses a person-centered planning process in developing, implementing, and maintaining an Individualized Service Plan (ISP), with and for a person with intellectual disabilities. This includes providing advocacy and the monitoring of the person’s health and safety.

Participation in this program is a prerequisite for individuals who want to access BCS and other agencies’ Waiver programs, such as Prevocational Services, SEMP (Supported Employment), Community Habilitation, Day Habilitation, Hourly Respite and Residential Services.

MSC focuses on assisting each person to achieve his or her unique goals and desires in terms of having a home, a job, a circle of friends, enjoyable leisure activities, and access to medical and clinical services.

For more information contact:

Rose Sauls, MSC Supervisor
285 Schermerhorn – 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY   11217

Tel:     (718) 310-4241

Email: rsauls@wearebcs.org

 

Apartment Programs

BCS offers 2 types of residential programs to persons with intellectual disabilities; Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA) and Individual Supports and Services (ISS)

Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA):

Individuals that are in the IRA program enjoy independent living in a studio apartment at our community residence. IRA provides room, board and individualized service options based on the person’s needs and preferences. Staff is on-site 24 hours / 7 days a week. They offer support and supervision to the residents. This includes teaching the residents life skills, having them participate in community integration activities, and medical monitoring. Individuals are encouraged to make choices in all aspects of their daily living routine to the best of their ability, including choosing the décor in their apartment, making healthy food choices, and voting on recreation and vacation destinations for both group and individual outings.

Individual Supports and Services (ISS):

ISS assists adults with intellectual disabilities who wish to live independently. The program provides funds to pay for housing costs, and on a limited basis, funds to pay for food, transportation, and clothing. ISS is also a housing subsidy program. The amount of the subsidy is calculated using an individual’s income and HCR (Housing and Community Renewal) payment standards.

For more information contact:

Nadege Dorvil at (718) 953-0595 or ndorvil@wearebcs.org

 

Community Habilitation

Community Habilitation is designed for persons with intellectual disabilities residing in their homes. It provides training in a variety of skills needed to become more independent and integrated in their communities. This program enables staff to work with participants by following Individualized Habilitation Plans and tracking the participant’s progress as they become more independent.

For more information contact:

Jim Johnson, Program Coordinator
Tel:      (718) 943-4246
Email:  jjohnson@wearebcs.org

 

Hourly Waiver Respite

The Hourly Waiver Respite Program provides recreational activities for individuals with intellectual disabilities while simultaneously providing respite for their family members. Participants engage in activities such as: arts and crafts, special occasion parties, pot lucks, trips, and bowling. Members of our bowling team meet every Thursday and engage in a bowling tournament twice a year.

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Student, Oliver Arnoldi, recently documented the Bowling Team in Action:

For more information contact:

Jim Johnson, Program Coordinator
Tel:      (718) 943-4246
Email:  jjohson@wearebcs.org

 

Lifelong Enrichment Program (LEP)

The Lifelong Enrichment Program (LEP) serves adults with intellectual disabilities who are ages 50 or older. These individuals face a unique challenge when their parents and siblings, who in many cases are their primary caregivers, become frail or pass away.  Adding to the challenge is that many do not have adult children to step in and take over.

Operating since 2014, LEP provides these individuals with social and recreational activities, wellness counseling, and case management. Our staff assist them with planning for the future, and support their health, mobility and functioning by conducting health assessments, vital sign screenings, heath care trainings, and with the oversight of an RN, contacting primary care physicians when needed. The program’s goal is to help participants plan their transition from supported employment careers into partial or full retirement, giving them the tools and resources they need to remain active and engaged.

LEP is free to adults over 50 who have intellectual disabilities.

For more information contact:

Deborah Washington, Division Director
Community Support Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities
dwashington@wearebcs.org

 

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