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Agencies within the community that provide support services to youth and families

OPWDD Services

The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for individuals within New York with developmental disabilities. Services include housing supports, employment supports, respite supports, behavior supports, and other supports for the individual and his/her family.

The following resource provides in-depth information about the OPWDD eligibility process in New York State
PDF Document Icon https://opwdd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/030-Front-Door-Access-To-Services.pdf

ACCES-VR Services

ACCES-VR offers a range of services, which include:

  • Vocational counseling & career planning
  • Assessment for assistive tech
  • Purchase of assistive tech *
  • Funding toward cost of education or training after HS *
  • Assistance with some transportation costs *
  • Funding for academic support services (not takers, tutors, etc.)
  • Job readiness and job coaching services

The services marked with (*) are based on family income.

For more information about applying for VR services and to find your local ACCES-VR field office visit: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr

OMH Services

The NY State Office of Mental Health offers a variety of supports to youth and adults experiencing mental health conditions. Programs include:

  • Inpatient and outpatient MH
  • Emergency services and mobile crisis response teams related to MH crisis
  • Community supports *
  • Residential and family care programs/li>

To find contact information for your local mental health field office go to: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/aboutomh/fieldoffices.html

The OMH website contains the resources for transition age youth on a number of issues such as alcohol and substance abuse, applying for benefits, crisis text line, disability disclosure, and a variety of other topics.

To view these resources go to https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/consumer_affairs/transition_youth/resources/

One-Stop Centers

One Stop Centers are funded by the NYS Department of Labor (DOL), and are equipped with computers and reference materials to help with career decision-making and job searching. Staff are available to assist with resume writing, career planning, and job search process

Find your local One-Stop Centers here:
PDF Document Iconhttps://www.upseu.org/new%20%20york/NYS_DOL_OneStopCenter_9_7.pdf

Community Action Programs

Community Action programs provide resources to families such as case management, assistance with paperwork and application of benefits, after school and youth programs, career, services, housing assistance, food pantries, etc. Services are provided to individuals and families living experiencing financial hardship.

To find your local community action program, use this link: https://nyscommunityaction.org/findacaagency/

Independent Living Programs

Independent living programs help individuals with disabilities establish and maintain independence within the community. Services provided include peer support, information and referral, advocacy, and independent living skills training.

Your local ILP can be found here: https://nysilc.org/

On-Line Community Resource Search Tools:

NYS Multi-Systems Navigator:

This on-line search tool allows you to search by county and your specific service need. The search tool will provide you with websites, contact information, and information about eligibility requirements and services available through specific community agencies.


211 Resource Finder

211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To access 211 services, visit http://211.org/ or call 211 on your phone

Additional Employment-Related Programs for Youth

Two well-known youth programs funded by DOL under Title I of WIO include Youth Build and Job Corps.

Youth Build Programs

These programs are located nationally throughout the U.S., and they support youth ages 16-24 who are not working or enrolled in school. They offer a range of services targeted at helping youth to further education, gain career and technical skills, build leadership skills, and give back to the community. More information about local Youth Build programs can be found at https://www.youthbuild.org/

Job Corps Program

Job Corps is the largest free educational and job training program for youth ages 16-24. The program offers both career and technical training and assistance with obtaining a GED or high school diploma. Services offered include career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver's education, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance, and a clothing allowance. The Job Corps program is paid for through federal funding and is free for eligible students. For more information about Job Corps, go to the following link: https://www.jobcorps.gov/