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Programs and Services

ATM (Access To Money Reimbursement Program) - Fiscal assistance for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families for goods and services or reimbursement for recent expenditures not otherwise within the family budget. Advocacy, information and linkage related to fiscal issues. Click here for Application Form

OPWDD ELIGIBILTY REQUIRED- Notice of Decision from Hudson Valley DDRO. Call Ashley Hitsman 845-342-2400 Ext 1235 for eligibility requirements.

ASSIST- Acquiring Social Skills Through Intervention, Support, and Training is a group facilitated by a Special Education Teacher desinged for children aged 5-10 yo who are residents of Orange County and have OPWDD eligibility.

Applicants will have an initial in-home evaulation before participating in meetings which will occur in a set of 9 meetings. Three 9 week sessions are held throughout the year. Once a child completes 9 sessions, they can continue to meet with their peers once monthly during the ASSIST Reunion sessions.

·         Grandparents of enrolled children are invited to attened a group twice a year.

·         The group holds an annual meeting for all active ASSIST and Reunion members.

There is no charge for this training/support group, however, pre-registration is required.

OPWDD ELIGIBILTY REQUIRED- Notice of Decision from Hudson Valley DDRO. Call 845-342-2400 Ext 1235 for eligibility.


Reimbursement Program for Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. is poised to launch a new reimbursement program designed to assist individuals who live on their own or with a member of their family. We previously oversaw a fund in partnership with a group that served children who have since aged out. Our goal with the new fund is to expand eligibility so that we may serve as many people as we can in the Developmental Disability community. Eligibility for the program would require proof of disability and proof of Orange County residence and is not limited to an age range. This new fund  will be available to support extenuating needs for families/individuals who can request fiscal assistance for goods and services or reimbursement for recent expenditures not otherwise within their budget. The reimbursement program will not require OPWDD eligibility and will be accessible to anyone with either an autism diagnosis as well as other developmental disabilities.

For more information contact Developmental Disabilites Services at 845-342-2400 Ext 1235 or email mha@mhaorangeny.com

BLUE RENAISSANCE Social skill-building group for young adults over the age of 18 on the autism spectrum. Schedule
CAPIS (Crisis Assessment and Prevention Intervention Services) - Information, linkage and crisis intervention prevention services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Provides parent support groups, advocacy, life planning, benefits counselling and educational seminars.

Community Habilitation
(Home and Community Based Waiver Services)

Home and community based independent living skills training for people with developmental disabilities through the Home and Community Based Services Waiver.

To make an inquiry or referral to the MHA Support Services Department, please click

COMPEER
Compeer is a program of friendship and acceptance.  The program matches individuals who have a mental illness in a one-to-one friendship with staff. Compeer helps to bridge the gaps of services already in place for individuals with mental illness. Compeer staff are able to support participants' mental health through lasting connections, meaningful conversations and referrals to other support services. Staff arranges at least one in-person visit and two friendly phone calls each month.  Visits can be held in the participant's home and/or at a community location decided by the staff and program participant. If you'd like to learn more about MHA's Compeer Program, contact Joan Ruiz-Werkema,Community Engagement and Social Programs Supervisor  at 845-342-1000 ext. 1258 or via email at jruiz-werkema@mhaorangeny.com

COMPEER Referral form

COMPEER
Homeless

COMPEER Homeless is a Rehabilitative service for individuals who are homeless and have a mental illness. The Compeer Homeless Program matches individuals who have a mental illness and reside in shelters, in a one-to-one relationship with the Compeer Homeless Coordinator. This program is the only one in Orange County and helps bridge the gaps of services already in place for individuals with mental illness. Compeer Homeless is here to help you tackle daily life challenges and be a source of support when you need a friend most.. If you'd like to learn more about MHA's Compeer Homeless Program, contact Joan Ruiz-Werkema, Community Engagement and Social Programs Supervisor  at 845-342-1000 ext.1258 it via email at jruiz-werkema@mhaorangeny.com

Coordinated In-Home Support Project (CIHS)
A Collaboration of six agencies in Orange County providing 1:1 services for children with autism spectrum disorders to promote skill building at home and in the community.

To make an inquiry or referral to the MHA Support Services Department, please click

A Support Group for Families and Friends of Adults with
serious and Persistent Mental Illness and Brain Disorders including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, etc. Family & Friends Schedule
Provides support groups, newsletters, advocacy and educational services to families and friends of adults and children experiencing mental or emotional disabilities.

Family Support Program Brochure

Family Ties Schedule

Friends is a social skills group for youth ages 9 to 17 with social, behavioral or emotional difficulties.  The goal of the program is to build the social skills of each participant while, also, creating meaningful friendships within the group.   Groups meet throughout Orange County.  Transportation is not provided. If you'd like to learn more about MHA's Friends Program, contact Joan Ruiz-Werkema, Community Engagement and Social Programs Supervisor at 845-342-1000 ext. 1258 or via email at jruiz-werkema@mhaorangeny.com

Friends Application

Guardianship assistance for families of individuals with development disabilities living in Orange County. Letter regarding fees for 17A guardianship services from Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.

The Care Coordination Program serves the needs of individuals with Medicaid who have chronic health conditions and/or severe mental illness.  This special service emphasizes the treatment of the whole person and helps program participants manage and understand their conditions. To this end, Health Homes integrate and coordinate all primary, acute, behavioral health and long-term services and supports. The program also addresses the social determinants of health, like housing instability and social supports, which often complicate health issues. For more information or to enroll, please contact our Intake Engagement Specialist Allison Davenport at (845) 551-6800 or adavenport@mhaorangeny.com. Brochure.

General Referral Form

A joint project between MHA, Rehabilitation Support Services and National Alliance on Mental Illness to provide supported housing with intensive support services for individuals with psychiatric disabilities in Orange County.

HCBS Home and Community Based Services Program for HARP (Health and Recovery Plan) adults (21 years and older) enrolled in Medicaid with mental illness and substance use disorder diagnosis. Services include psychosocial rehabilitation, habitation, transitional employment, on-going supported employment and family support and training.

HCBS- Home & Community Based Services: A program that is designed to support recovery and wellness by providing behavioral health services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness in the comfort of their own home and/or community. For more information, please contact 845-342-2400 ext.1229 or email afisher@mhaorange.com

Home and Community Based Services Brochure

HCBS Video for Care Coordinators and Providers

A psycho-social club which offers skill building groups such as nutrition, wellness, and vocational, as well as travel activities and supports in the community and an opportunity for social interaction for adults with a psychiatric disability.
In Home After School/Day Program Respite
After school and after adult day program respite for individuals with developmental disabilities living with their family in Orange County.

To make an inquiry or referral to the MHA Support Services Department, please click

Family case management and supported housing for adults with a psychiatric disability and their children. Respite childcare, recreational therapy and in-home clinical consultant services are available.
Orange County Crisis Call Center
The Orange County Crisis Call Center connects people in need of support for mental illness, substance use, developmental disability, sexual assault, or who need information/referrals with trained professionals, 24/7 Dial 311  The Orange County Crisis Call Center dispatches the Crisis Mobile Response Team (MRT) and refers callers to Peer Supports.  Additionally, Rape Crisis Services are accessed through the Orange County Crisis Call Center.  Given the ongoing health crisis of COVID-19/Coronavirus, the Orange County Crisis Center remains up to date on local resources and is able to support individuals experiencing difficulty during these uncertain times.  Please Dial 311. Flyer

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