WILC is the regional lead agency for this program and our goal is to assist people living in nursing homes and OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) intermediate care facilities in the lower Hudson Valley Region to transition to and/or remain in the community. We work with auxiliary outreach agencies based at local independent living centers. The lower Hudson Valley Region includes Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, and Ulster Counties.
Through the Open Door Transition Center Program eligible individuals, their families and facility social workers receive information about available community based programs and services, and assistance to make necessary program referrals. There is follow-up with the person transitioning for a period of two years post transition. Eligible individuals may also apply for an Olmstead housing subsidy to assist them to secure an affordable, accessible apartment as well as access to trained peer mentors who share personal experiences and offer support to those wanting to move back to the community.
For more information or to make a referral, please contact Donna Ponessa, RN MPA at (845)228-7457 Ext. 1115. Email questions on the Open Door Transition Program Center here.