Community and Home-Based Support

Community Habilitation

The Community Habilitation Program provides regularly scheduled one-on-one training and support for a variety of “daily living” skills. This service is provided to the person in his or her home or in a community setting. Services are provided in two- to three-hour increments a few times per week, or on a weekly basis.

(See a story about Marueen and Nasir in Community Habilitation and Respite, a Lifestyle of Caring on our blog)

Some of the services we provide promote independence in:

  • Community integration and safety
  • Accessing community resources and transportation
  • Social skills and communication
  • Money management and budgeting
  • Household maintenance
  • Personal care
  • Healthy living practices
  • Other essential personal or living skills


This service is available to people who range in age from adolescence to senior citizens. He or she must have a diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability and be enrolled in Medicaid and be Waiver eligible.











Guardianship is a legal process utilized when a person cannot make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his/her person and/or property. A “Guardian” takes into account the wishes and desires of the person when making decisions about residence, medical treatments, and end-of-life decisions.  The courts will remove only those rights that the proposed individual is incapable of handling.

The ReHabilitation Center may be able to assist families with completing necessary paperwork and familiarize them with the procedures that need to occur in order to obtain legal guardianship of their loved ones.


Funding Assistance

Family Support Services

Family Support Services (FSS) is designed to assist families by providing care for their loved ones with developmental disabilities who live full-time in their family home.

Family Reimbursement

Family Reimbursement provides the possibility of reimbursing services and goods that are not funded through any other sources as long as the goods and services have been deemed appropriate to meet the needs of the person being served and related to their disability.


Advocacy may include information and referral services, outreach, parent networking, and service access assistance for individuals and their families. It is possible to make connections with diagnostic, residential, habilitative, educational, vocational, medical and recreational services, and to other programs such as Medicaid SSI.

Counseling, Training, and Supports

Counseling, training and educational activities and supports are available for parents, siblings, and caregivers – as well as for individuals with developmental disabilities – through their local DDSO and/or other locally-based programs. These services may be helpful for individuals and families who are looking to gain insight, resolve problems, develop alternative approaches to services and to address other issues of concern.

Individualized Support Services

Individualized Support Services (ISS) provides people who live on their own in the community with assistance for their expenses. ISS allows people to receive a monthly monetary allotment to support their efforts to live independently. The program will also assist a person who has just moved out on his or her own with start-up money which must be used to purchase things needed for his or her new home.


Recipients of these funds must have a documented developmental disability. People enrolled in Medicaid Service Coordination [MSC] can have their service providers offer this proof. To qualify for Individual Support Services a person must show his or her monthly expenses are higher than monthly income. He or she must also account for where the money is being spent.

Contact Information

If you have questions or would like to receive additional information, please contact The Rehabilitation Center at (716) 701-1135, or visit