Developmental Disabilities Services

Delaware Opportunities Inc. Family Support Programs are Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) grant funded programs to those who meet the State agencies eligibility requirements. Delaware Opportunities Home & Community Based Medicaid Waiver Programs are funded through Medicaid after eligibility requirements for OPWDD and Medicaid services has been determined.

Family Support Services include:

  • Respite Services. Temporary relief to the primary care giver. These hours can be rendered by a Delaware Opportunities Developmental Disabilities Aide but is more often provided by an individual the primary caregiver chooses.
  • After School Respite Services. These services are authorized on a monthly basis and are provided to individuals 13-21. Hours of service provision are generally 2:30—6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Service can be rendered by a Delaware Opportunities Developmental Disabilities Aide, but is more often provided by an individual the primary caregiver chooses.
  • Parent Education and Training. These services are authorized on a monthly basis and are provided to parents that meet OPWDD eligibility requirements. Parents can learn simple strategies for consistent and positive parenting, home-making skills such as household budgeting, menu planning, household upkeep and more. This service is provided by a Delaware Opportunities Developmental Disabilities Aide.

Delaware Opportunities Inc. Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver Services primary focus is to provide training and skill building through the following programs listed. Service is always provided by trained personnel that have been cleared to provide that service through the NYS Justice Center and CBL, OPWDD Staff Exclusion List, New York State Central Clearance and the New York State Motor Vehicles Department.

Home and Community Based Services include:

Day Habilitation. This service is authorized on a yearly basis. The intent of this program is to provide four hour blocks of time teaching and building skills for local community utilization and orientation, personal care skills, independent living skills, homemaking skills such as banking, laundry, menu planning, grocery shopping, bill paying, scheduling (no transport) of doctor appointments and other daily living skills appointments specific to the consumer’s needs that are identified in the consumer’s Individualized Service Plan. These services are always provided by a Delaware Opportunities Developmental Disabilities Aide.

Community Habilitation. This service is authorized on a yearly basis. The intent of this program is to build, teach and maintain skills needed for community inclusion and utilization, personal care skills, independent living skills, homemaking skills such as banking, laundry, menu planning, grocery shopping, bill paying, scheduling (no transport) to doctor appointments and other daily living skills appointments and other interests or needs identified in the consumer’s Individualized Service Plan. These services are always provided by a Delaware Opportunities Developmental Disabilities Aide.

Waiver Respite.This service is authorized on a yearly basis and is provided by a Delaware Opportunities Developmental Disabilities Aide in hourly increments. This service can be provided as a Respite service giving the primary caregiver a break. Respite is provided in the home OR this service can be provided as a Recreational Service outside of the home. Individual, small groups and large group events can be provided.

Pathway to Employment. A limited time service provided to an OPWDD eligible individual to assist this individual in identifying a career goal through exploration and experience. Services will focus on pre-employment skills, integrated Community Vocational Experiences, development of a vocational or career plan and achieving the greatest level of independence possible in an effort to create employment opportunities or self-employment or entrepreneurships. Participants can receive this service once in their employment seeking career.

Contact

Amy Burdick, Developmental Disabilities Services Director
Maggie Singer, Developmental Disabilities Services Assistant

(607) 746-1680
respite@delawareopportunities.org