Programs Serving Intellectual Disabilities

The RAH program is a respite-based service, offered to those supporting adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in addition to Mental Health diagnoses. The goal of the program is to simultaneously offer person-centered and goal-oriented activities, events and social opportunities for people living with I/DD -MH conditions, while also providing rest and a break to their families, guardians or caretakers.


Service Programs Include:
RAH activities are offered throughout the week. Participants and staff partner in scheduling planned outings and working on goals using a person centered approach.

We offer meaningful recreational, social, and educational activities: community outings, picnics, shopping trips, holiday celebrations, family style meals, interactive games, and weekly arts and crafts activities.

-Events take place in the community and/or at the Clifford Beers Center. 

-While facilitating these activities, we are simultaneously supporting the family members of these individuals by providing respite.

-We offer individual and group support for all activities.

-Our advocacy and outreach efforts include attending OPWDD community meetings as well as other agency meetings and events.

-Typically, the ratio and make-up of events/outings are based on the complexity of the people served and the nature of the activity.


Transportation is provided whenever possible.


  • Must have an OPWDD I/DD Diagnosis and/or Mental health diagnosis
  • RAH serves persons who live at home with their families or caretakers
  • Must live in Ulster or Dutchess County
  • Must be 18+ years of age or older
  • Must need minimal supports with ADL’s, behavioral supports, and be able to attend independently (without support staff or care takers)
  • Self-Direction participants must perform a budget amendment (CNBA) listing MHA in Ulster as an FSS contractor
  • For more Intake and Admission Information please contact our RAH Coordinator:
  • Call 845-339-9090 ext. 2218
  • Email

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Family Peer Advocacy (FPS)

This program serves families of a member with a developmental disability by providing support, information, education, referrals, and advocacy. Referral is available to families and to professionals who serve them, and advocacy is provided on an as needed basis or at large in the community.  We offer a monthly newsletter, filled with resources, articles and events happening locally relevant to families of the I/DD community!

Also available is a monthly support groups for families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, “ASD Family Matters.” This is a free, confidential support group that provides an opportunity to receive emotional support and to share your experiences and solutions with other families in similar situations. This group is presented by The Mental Health Association and sponsored by a Family support Services Grant from Taconic DDSO, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Call our Family Peer Advocate at 845-339-9090, Ext. 2304, or email us at