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Community Services Programs

All Programs are available to anyone who has OPWDD eligibility and lives at home with a family member. Additionally, Community Habilitation is available to those who live independently in the community.

Waiver Programs:
Must be Medicaid Waiver enrolled in order to participate.

Community Habilitation -
This program assists people working towards increasing their independence. Staff can provide skill training, individually or within a group setting, in the following areas:

  • Personal Hygiene/Self-Care
  • General Household Chores
  • Mobility Training
  • Personal Health Care
  • Financial Management
  • Appropriate Social Behaviors

Respite Services

Adult Group Respite
A wonderful opportunity for fun and socializing with peers! Adults enrolled in this program get together weekly for a movie night, game night, or bowling. Minimal fees may apply and staff supervision is provided based on the number of people signed up to attend. Days, times and events offered, are subject to change.

Youth Group Respite
Most Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm offer a fun-filled day of games and activities for children ages 4 to 14 years. Children are divided into age appropriate peer groups and trained staff are available to assist each child based on their individual needs. Occasionally a Teen/Young Adult Respite is held as well for 15+.

In-Home Respite
Provided on a limited basis. Trained staff are available to assist families with caring for their loved one while they are running errands, tending to other children or going out for a quiet night.

Family Education and Training

This program is offered to families with children under the age of 18. Information offered may enhance the decision making capacity of the family unit, help educate families on services that are available, and increase their knowledge of developmental disabilities and how it impacts their family unit.

Family Support Services:

Non-Waiver Programs

Behavior Management
Family Support Specialists are available to assist families living with an OPWDD Eligible family member who may be experiencing difficulties within the home, community, school or work setting. Staff is available to offer support, guidance and suggestions on ways to increase safety and improve the overall quality of life within the family unit. Crisis Intervention Services are available with linkage to additional supports as needed.

Parenting for Success
This program provides guidance for parents who have OPWDD eligibility and a child (birth - 18 years old). Trained staff will assist parents with learning how to use naturally occurring teachable moments to help their child grow and reach milestones. This may include teaching positive parenting techniques, along with ways to actively engage the child in structured play. Staff will assist with identifying and locating any additional supports needed.

Parent Support
Our newly developed youth basketball league, the "Shooting Stars", includes a skill building basketball camp each fall with a 12 week winter session running from January to April. Parents with children, ages 10-16 who are interested in learning how to play basketball, are encouraged to join. During our weekly practices parents are given the opportunity to network and share experiences with other parents. Information and fun activities, including guest speakers, are provided to parents weekly during each practice session.

***All of the above programs require a strong commitment from the family.

This service is an individualized approach at offering needed supports. Trained staff are available to assist families with additional supports needed. This may include self-care, community inclusion and companionship.

FSS Transportation
This program assists families that have limited or no means of transportation. Availability is on a first come first serve basis and space is limited. This is primarily utilized for our youth Saturday respite but may also be available for our Respite/Recreation Events.

Special outings are planned monthly to provide opportunities for community inclusion, fun and socialization! Some of these outings include movies, concerts, nature hikes, seasonal sporting events and other seasonal activities such as "Lights On The Lake" and museums. A favorite is our monthly dance which is held at the local community center. Most events are free but some events may require a small fee and spending money.

Click to download:

Send completed packet to
Intake Department
150 Van Buren St., Newark, NY 14513

Family Reimbursement
This program allows for eligible families to be reimbursed for goods and services directly related to the individual with an OPWDD Eligibility. Individuals may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 per year. Applications with original receipts and justification may be submitted monthly through November and require approval of the Family Reimbursement Committee.

Click to download:

Send completed packet to
Community Services Department
Jennifer Jones

150 Van Buren St., Newark, NY 14513

After School Arts and Wellness Program
This program provides families of school aged children a safe and fun alternative to afterschool care. The program runs from 2:30-6 pm school days and follows the Newark school calendar for holidays and vacations. The focus in on arts and wellness and follows a curriculum based on engaging the children in meaningful healthy activities in order to enhance their overall health both physically and emotionally. Limited Availability.

Community Service Newsletter
A monthly newsletter is sent to families to keep everyone updated on any news and scheduled events for the month. All respite, recreation, FET and parent support events will be included in this newsletter along with valuable information about our services. If you would like to be included on this mailing list please contact us!

For more information on any of the above Programs, please contact:

Jennifer Jones, Program Coordinator

or Amy Sedore, Program Manager at:



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Wayne ARC
150 Van Buren Street
Newark, New York 14513
(315) 331-7741