The Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County’s (CP Nassau) Residential Program offers a variety of life style options in Nassau County for adults with developmental disabilities. Since the inception of the program individualized and personalized service has been the primary mission of the program. The residential team focuses on the person not the disability in an effort to provide both a home-like and integrated living environment. During each step of the planning process individuals are encouraged to participate. Whether it’s picking out the carpet and paint colors for their bedrooms or choosing service providers, CP Nassau strives to create environments that encourage personal growth, independence, choice and community integration.

The program operates a variety of living options including Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF’s), Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA’s) and Independent Living Environments with a wide array of support services that are designed to enable persons receiving services to make the most of living and working in the community.

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CP Nassau operates two ICF’s in the community of Roosevelt.  In addition to the residence management team and direct care services 24/7, the ICF has 24/7 on-call primary care physician, and nursing, and clinical services located on site. The intent of the program is to assist individuals to develop skills that will assist them in achieving a higher level of independence.

Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA)

At present CP Nassau operates two types of IRA’s, supported and supervised.  There is one supported IRA,  located in the town of  Baldwin.  The Baldwin residence is a three-bed home designed to serve individuals who are able to live on their own with a minimum level of support.  The home is located within walking distance from public transportation and large shopping districts.  Personal care aides assist the individuals in their activities of daily living while CP Nassau staff provide residential habilitation training, service coordination and facility maintenance.  The setting is fully accessible and connected to a central response station for emergency situations.

The supervised settings are located in the towns of East Meadow, Plainview, Bethpage, Wantagh, Bellmore, Seaford, Freeport, Levittown, Farmingdale, Levittown and Hicksville.  In addition to spacious living areas and landscaped yards, each residence has specialized features including but not limited to; ramped entranceways, strobe lights and roll-in showers, etc.  depending on the needs of the persons receiving services.  The bedrooms are personalized, home-like and decorated in color schemes chosen by the persons receiving services.  Residence staff provides medical, transportation, recreation and habilitation services around the clock.

Independent Living

These settings are way ahead of their time. Simply put, they are “The next best thing to home.” The two residences located in East Meadow and Baldwin each serve two individuals.  Since the homes opened 20 years ago, the individuals served have developed successful independent lives in their communities.  Whether they spent their time earning a college degree, finding employment in the community or volunteering at a local hospital, the individuals living in these residences truly have achieved a level of independence once thought impossible for persons with developmental disabilities.

Family Care

The Family Care program provides community-based residential housing in certified private homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. By providing the support, guidance and companionship of a family, the Family Care program fosters a caring and stable home environment for children, adolescents and adults. Family Care uses certified private homes to provide residential services to individuals of all ages who are developmentally disabled and unable to live independently in the community.   For information regarding eligibility please Contact Marc Kluger, Coordinator of Residential Services by e-mail at mkluger@ucpn.org or by phone at {516} 377-2090.

Shared Living

Shared Living is a community based, non-certified, innovative residential option.  Persons with disabilities will live in apartments, condominiums, and houses with a person who they have chosen to provide support (caregiver) services.  The residential space is fully in the control of the person with disabilities creating a forever home.  While the person supporting the individual may change, the person with disabilities remains in their home with Shared Living Services coordinated supports.

Supportive Home

Supportive Home Servicesare intensive in-home services designed to prevent residential placement for individuals living with a family or on their own. The program will exist to relieve the physical and emotional stressors that often lead to the need for an out of home placement by offering an array of professional services and an active “Circle of Support” who along with the person with disabilities will serve as the hub of Support Home Services.

Community Habilitation

Hourly Community Habilitation services are habilitation services that are provided to individuals who do not reside in a residence which is certified or operated by OPWDD.  Community Habilitation services can be delivered at any non-certified location, including the individual’s home.  Supports include adaptive skill development, assistance with activities of daily living (hands-on), community inclusion and relationship building, training and support for independence in travel, transportation, adult educational supports, development of social skills, leisure skills, self-advocacy and informed choice skills, and appropriate behavior development to help the individual access their community. For information regarding eligibility please Contact Marc Kluger, Coordinator of Residential Services by e-mail at mkluger@ucpn.org or by phone at {516} 377-2090.

Oversight

A committee comprised of CP Nassau board members, individuals and family members regularly schedule visits to meet with the individuals in their homes to ensure that the agency’s philosophy of providing the highest quality of services to our individuals and their families In addition the residential services management team is on-call 24/7 to oversee emergencies, investigate incidents, provide training and ensure adequate staffing.  Most importantly, families and friends of the individuals are always welcomed as are their suggestions for quality improvements.

Applying for Residential Services

For information regarding eligibility requirements or for an application for Residential Services, please contact Cheryl Solomito, Director of Residential Services, by e-mail at  csolomito@ucpn.org or by phone at (516) 377- 2040.