Welcoming and Serving
- The Developmental Disabilities
- Care Coordination
- Service Coordination
Community Services hopes to help you find the supports, services and opportunities you need to live the life you dream of.
We would like to welcome all families who are looking for opportunities for their loved one, professionals seeking services for the person they support, volunteers looking to help and passionate employees looking for the opportunity to change lives. Our hope is that we can provide you with the answers you need. Should you want to talk to us one on one, we invite you to call us at 716-883-8888.
Our admissions department is located at 452 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14202
If you need further assistance, you can call the office at (716) 883-8002. FAX information to (716) 883-0783
The Admissions Specialists at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled will assist with gathering the needed documents and necessary testing for you to live your fullest life possible. Upon receiving the paperwork our Admissions Specialists will send the file to New York State OPWDD for eligibility determination.
The following details are criteria required by New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) The criteria must be met in order for New York State to approve eligibility for services. New York State OPWDD will review all records submitted to determine whether the applicant is eligible for services.
- Prior to age 22 Proof of Disability
- Current proof of Disability
- Psychiatric treatment records if applicable
- Substance abuse treatment and counseling records if applicable
For further clarification, please visit the OPWDD website below
The Developmental Disabilities
The following are the developmental disabilities that qualify a person for services with the OPWDD:
- Intellectual Disability (formerly Mental Retardation) – the person must have an IQ of 69 or below.
- Cerebral Palsy – Caused by damage to the brain and affects the control of muscles.
- Seizure Disorder- Seizure activity which impair the daily functions of the person.
- Autism-A group of disorders that can impair multiple areas including communication, social integration and sensory reaction.
- Neurological Impairment – A group of disorders of the brain and nervous system which impairs multiple functions of the brain including memory, attention and understanding. These conditions must be proven to limit the daily functioning of the person. Examples include substantial Learning Disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
- Familial Dysautonomia -A genetic disability predominant in eastern European oriented children that affects the autonomic and sensory nervous systems. Symptoms vary among patients.
Our Service Coordinators (MSCs) want you to live the life you dream of! They will support you in finding the best services to fit your needs. These may include financial, medical and/or habilitation services.
Support services for youth and adults who may have problems with substance abuse, involved in the Criminal Justice System or are considered at-risk. We will provide advocacy and assistance throughout the court process and monitor your legal obligations, working with Probation Offices and Court officials to establish a plan for success.