Person Centered Care Services

Person Centered
Care Services


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Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED is an instructor led course that teaches people critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives.


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The Disability Ally Initiative is an interactive training that empowers, educates, and encourages people in the community to become active allies to people with disabilities. The training promotes diversity, acceptance, allyship, and advocacy for people with disabilities. As an organization, we believe a community is at its best when people with all sorts of differences can work, play, and develop meaningful relationships with one another. The Disability Ally Initiative training is making this possible by promoting awareness and allyship in businesses, agencies, schools and other entities throughout the community to better support and create opportunities for people with disabilities. Social change begins when everyone comes together for a common cause and by becoming an active disability ally, you take a meaningful step toward a more inclusive community.

Note: The Disability Ally Initiative is currently sponsored by the Richmond County Savings Foundation and Staten Island Performing Provider Systems. We are always looking for donation and grant opportunities to continue to support the work being done.


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To better support parents, families, advocates and friends of people receiving services, Information Sessions are provided to the general public to offer resources and relevant information to further educate people on how to support the needs specific to loved ones. Below are three sessions we provide following different themes.

Socialization & Recreation: Provides you and/or family member(s) with information about community-based resources available to people with disabilities.

Schooling & IEP: Provides information on schools as well as the programs they offer. The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is thoroughly covered during this session to provide better information to families such as the rights of parents/guardians, etc.

Play Therapy: Introduces to families new innovative ways of thinking about how ‘play’ can be a medium for understanding a loved one’s wants and needs.

Self-Direction 101: Introduces the Self-Direction service to families and breaks down its many components. Self-direction gives families the flexibility to choose the mix of supports and services that are right for them, the staff and organizations that provide them, and a schedule that works best for them.

Transitioning to Adulthood: Provides information about life after school, social security, and adult services and supports available to your family.


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Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSCs) and staff who directly supervise Service Coordinators are required to attend a one-day OPWDD approved CORE training program within six months of assuming MSC responsibilities. The MSC CORE training offers an introduction to developmental disabilities and an overview of supports available to people with developmental disabilities.


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Youth Mental Health First Aid® is the help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder or a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn an action plan to help. Anyone 18 or older can take Youth Mental Health First Aid, but it is recommended for those who regularly have contact with young people ages 12-18 – teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens.

Note: Mental Health First Aid® does not teach people to diagnose or to provide treatment.


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Adult Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves. A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn an action plan to help. You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need. Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.

Note: Mental Health First Aid® does not teach people to diagnose or to provide treatment.


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A 2-day training for self-advocates, people who identify as a person with a disability, and allies to play an active role in educating community members on better ways of communicating and serving people with disabilities. Whether it is co-training, sharing personal stories during Disability Ally trainings, or assisting in any other way, the goal of this training is to have advocates be at the forefront of the training that is  focused on increasing acceptance for people with disabilities in the community and decreasing the negative stigma associated with disability.

No Dates Available


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Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychosocial intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for improving mental health. It focuses on changing one’s thoughts and behaviors. Through this training, one can learn how to apply cognitive behavioral techniques to day-to-day living when working with people with developmental disabilities.


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Motivational interviewing is a non-judgmental and non-confrontational therapeutic approach. The main goals of M.I. are to engage clients, elicit change talk, and evoke motivation to make positive changes from the person. This training will introduce skills and strategies that one can implement in conversations with others.


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Dialectical behavior therapy is designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful and increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states. This type of therapy employs mindfulness- a technique that emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment. This training will introduce one to coping skills and mindfulness techniques they can use on their own or with others.


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