Programs Serving Intellectual Disabilities

RAH (Respite, Advocacy, and Health)

The RAH Program is a unique MHA Program in that we are funded by the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) rather than OMH. The RAH program focuses on serving people whose primary diagnoses are developmental disabilities versus having a primary diagnosis of mental illness.

RAH activities are offered twice per week and are planned by the participants and staff.

Wednesday’s 3p-7p:

RAH dinner is an evening of socialization with friends, along with ongoing sessions of music, theater arts, poetry, crafts, games, community presentations and holiday celebrations. Dancing, karaoke, art, crafts and BINGO are among the activities.

Saturday’s 10:30a-3p:

RAH does a variety of things including but not limited to movies, games, crafts, art projects, gardening, trips out to art museums, movies, festivals, fairs, shops etc. Twice a month activities and lunch are onsite and twice a month they are offsite.

Eligibility:

  • RAH serves persons who live at home with their families or independently in the community but who’s living arrangements are not funded by any type of residential programming.
  • Must live in Ulster or Dutchess County
  • Must be independent with all ADLs with minimal behavioral management necessary
  • Must be 18 or older

For Intake and Admission Information please contact our Administrative Wellness Coordinator:

Call 339-9090 x.2706

Email wellnessinfo@mhainulster.com

 

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

This program is also supported by the same funding sources as RAH. This program provides support, information, education, referral and advocacy to families who have a family member with a developmental disability. Information and referrals are available to families and to professionals who serve them, and advocacy is provided on an individual basis or at large in the community. This program creates and distributes a monthly information newsletter and facilitates Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Support groups.

Since these programs are funded by Family Support Services of the Taconic DDRO, the overall focus is on supporting families who have children and/or adults with a developmental disability living at home. This is an alternative to the past approach of utilizing institutionalization as the first and the easiest option. Living with an individual with multiple disabilities can be a very stressful and difficult endeavor.

For information on Family Support Services please contact Patrice Baez at 336-4747 x.2304