Whether families are first learning of their child’s developmental disability or they are working to establish a meaningful life for their adult children, families of children with developmental disabilities are faced with many challenges throughout their lifespan. Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health is in the forefront of assisting individuals with the developmental disabilities and their families in accessing the services available to them.
In addition to being a Medicaid Service Coordination provider, Westchester County is the only county in the New York State that provides a seamless transition from school to adult services through transition planning services. Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health also serves as the single point of entry (SPOE) for those adults with developmental disabilities seeking residential opportunities. The department has also established such unique forums as the Autism Advisory Committee and Autism Web site to assist the citizens of Westchester County with developmental disabilities and their families in having access to information about Westchester based resources. For both children and adults, supports and services are available which can help the individual with developmental disabilities and their families successfully manage the issues their child might face and navigate the service system. Our Web site will assist you in:
- Registering with Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health
- Finding supports and services for your young or adult child with a developmental disability living at home
- Pursuing residential placement for your adult developmentally disabled family member
- Navigating the transition period between school and adult services
- Accessing Medicaid Service Coordination from DCMH
The Department of Community Mental Health serves as the Single Point of Entry for referrals for residential opportunities. The residential opportunities are settings licensed by OPWDD that provide housing and other related services. To inquire about residential services please call (914) 995-5276.
The Department of Community Mental Health works closely with Westchester school districts and day service providers to ensure the availability of appropriate adult services for students who are graduating. Our office will assist families in planning for adult day services for their child during the transition period of high school as well as provide education, training and referral regarding advocacy, accessing services, navigating through the process, and person-centered planning. For information regarding transitional services, call (914) 995-5253.
Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC)
Funded primarily through Medicaid, MSC is available for adults and children with developmental disabilities. For more information regarding Service Coordination please call (914) 995-5944.
Family Support offers home and community-based services to assist parents, siblings, and other relatives to continue caring for a family member with a developmental disability living at home. For more information regarding family support services, call (914) 995-5244 or call the Hudson Valley Developmental Disabilities Services Office directly at (914) 332-8958.
Project Life Saver
A new initiative allows families to purchase wristband transmitters to locate wandering or lost children and adults with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities. The individual must have a diagnosis of autism or other developmental disorder, have a history of wandering and live in the community with a primary caregiver. For information about Project LifeSaver please call Westchester Jewish Community Services at (914) 761-0600 or Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health at (914) 995-5944.
For additional information on Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health Developmental Disabilities Services please call (914) 995-5225.