Welcoming and Serving
- The Developmental Disabilities
- Care Coordination
- Health Homes
- 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 Care Coordination services improve communication between you and your health care professionals to better fit your needs.
- Comprehensive care management
- Care Coordination and health promotion
- Comprehensive transitional care
- Patient and family support
- Referral to community and social support services
- Use of health information technology to link services
Click “Read more” to get additional information about Patient Portal.
A Health Home is a care management service model that connects all of a person’s health professionals to improve communications so all of a patient’s needs are completely met. This is done through a “care manager” who oversees and provides access to all of the services a person needs.
How do you or a loved one qualify?
Adults or children must have 2 chronic conditions or 1 serious, persistent mental health condition and be eligible for Medicaid. Some chronic conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic ear, nose and throat diagnoses
- Chronic pain
Contact us to see if your condition applies.
Why should you join?
As a member of our Health Home, you will have improved access to resources in your community, a support network and a “Care Team” who is dedicated to making sure you have everything you and your family needs to stay healthy.
- Assistance finding a primary doctor
- Assistance finding a specialist
- Referrals to community resources
- Guidance with department of social services issues
- Follow-up after hospital visits
- Free health education tools and resources
Children’s Health Homes
Children from birth through age 21 enrolled in Medicaid and who live in Erie or Niagara Counties are eligible is they have one or more or more of the following:
Two chronic conditions, which can include but are not limited to:
- Visual Impairment
- Metabolic disease
- Alcohol or substance use disorder
- Mental health condition
One single qualifying condition:
- Serious emotional disturbance
- Complex trauma
For more information or to submit a referral, call (716) 883-8002.
Our Service Coordinators (MSCs) want you to live the life you dream of! They will help each person develop their own goals and explore their options through person-centered planning. These may include financial, medical and/or habilitation services, parents and youth programs, senior services, and preventive 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.
Our Service Coordinators have experience navigating the criminal justice system and are resourceful in finding mental health providers who will work with people with developmental disabilities.
Our Behavior Intervention Specialists are qualified, master’s level clinicians and behavior technicians. They assess and create behavior support plans to provide supports to people with challenging behaviors, offer behavioral interventions, and teach or reinforce adaptive behaviors to assist a person in becoming more independent.
The following are some of the programs offered:
Family Support Service – Behavior Intervention Program
This unique program provides in-home behavioral support and services to people living with their families. This includes adults, children and parents with developmental disabilities. Our Behavioral Intervention Specialists work with the family to create a plan to manage or eliminate challenging behaviors in a familiar setting where the person feels secure.
Intensive Behavioral Services
This program is designed for people who live in non-certified settings or family care homes and who are waiver enrolled. The service is time-limited for a period of up to 6 months (180 calendar days). It is important to note that this is not a crisis intervention service; rather it provides focused clinical and behavioral treatment and intervention to prevent behaviors from reaching crisis level. You must be authorized by the DDRO for these services before a referral can be made.
Residential/Day Habilitation Behavior Services
These services are provided to people residing in or attending programs provided in Community Services’ certified sites. A team made up of the site, service coordinator, behavior staff, family and the person served will work together to develop a behavior support plan and personal support protocols.