The mission of Bridges is to provide services and supports to children and youth with developmental disabilities, starting at age three through the various stages of youth until transitioning into adulthood. Bridges provides site-based and community-based services that target skill development and allow age appropriate advancement based on each person’s needs and individual goals.
Career Solutions offers community-based employment services to people with any qualifying documented disability. The program provides participants with the support they need to obtain and maintain employment and, at the same time, functions as a personnel management resource to local area employers through specialized job matches.
Career Solutions coaches participants on the skills necessary to obtain and maintain a job in the community. Services may include financial incentives and on-site training to ensure employee and employer satisfaction. Career Solutions works with people receiving supports from ACCES-VR, OMH, and OPWDD.
Children’s Care Management Services are available for children living in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties who have Medicaid that are experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties. Services include: strength-based assessments, individualized service planning, culturally appropriate person and family center services, and transition planning, as needed.
Jefferson County, Lewis County, St. Lawrence County
Community Habilitation Services are designed to promote independence and community integration by offering skills, training and other habilitation supports in non-certified community settings. Supports are started from our homes for those currently residing in our residential program. This offers a person-centered approach for those people retired from other day programs or for those who choose unique services with 1:1-1:3 staffing.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence’s Community Prevocational Services assist participants in developing employment readiness skills in an integrated community work setting. Participants will be taught about work experiences through volunteer efforts. Community Prevocational Services help to prepare participants to work by teaching the skills needed to be successful in a community work environment. Staff provide lessons and teach skills needed to build on a person’s strong points and assist with developing the abilities needed to pursue work in the future.
Our day habs offer activities that promote individual goals. Services encourage self direction, independence, and life-long educational opportunities designed to suit the interests of the person and their support team.
Dodge Pond is a facility that provides year-round recreation options for people with disabilities. Day Habilitation is offered daily with a focus on outdoor experiences. Summer Camp is offered on site to children with disabilities and vacations are available for adults with disabilities.
The Fiscal Intermediary provides a multitude of supports, including providing a complaint hiring process with requisite background checks, required training to staff, payroll and benefits (when applicable) and reimbursements based upon the individualized plan/budget. The Fiscal Intermediary is also responsible to collect and review all required paperwork and documentation to ensure compliance with Medicaid/OPWDD payments.
Self-Direction assists people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families to choose and manage their own budgets and services. Self-Direction not only offers people supported greater choice and control over the supports they receive, but it also expands their options beyond traditional programs to include services such as community classes or training, gym memberships, camps, and reimbursements for software, internet, or cell phones.