NYAIL


The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) Open Doors Transition Center is focused on assisting people living in nursing homes and intermediate care facilities to receive individualized home and community based services. This includes providing people with objective information about services and supports that are available in their local community. NYAIL was selected by the Department of Health to coordinate the Open Doors Transition Center Project as part of State's Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.


The Open Doors Transition Center assists people in nursing homes who wish to return to the community. The Transition Center is staffed by a Project Director, a Statewide Transition Specialist, two part-time Registered Nurses (RNs) and a Social Worker. NYAIL works with 9 Regional Lead ILCs and 14 Auxiliary Independent Living Centers (ILCs) -- see below for a list of these ILCs. These ILCs employ Transition Specialists (TS), who are familiar with the services available in the local community. These staff will meet with individuals residing in nursing homes and/or their family members. For individuals in nursing homes, the TS will identify what is needed for the person to return to the community and will assist in getting those needs met. For example, a common barrier to returning to community living is lack of housing. It is difficult for a resident in a nursing home to locate housing that meets their physical needs, and is affordable and available. The TS can search for housing via housing databases, as well as use their personal knowledge of local assets such as senior housing programs. If needed, the TS can then access environmental modification programs to ensure the home is accessible for the individual. The TS can also assist with accessing housing subsidies if the rent exceeds the individual's budget. Additionally, the TS can provide community preparedness education to ensure that individuals have the information/skills they will need immediately upon return to the community. The TS role and process is tailored to the specific needs and desires of each individual, and is designed to make the transition happen in the smoothest and quickest way possible. The Transition Center works closely with the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) and the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waivers to provide services that will support people in the community.


The Open Doors Transition Center also works closely with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). OPWDD will be actively assisting individuals with developmental disabilities in moving from developmental centers (DCs), Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), and nursing homes into private homes, apartments, or community residential settings. Some individuals will move out of ICFs and DCs, while others may remain living in their current location, but will experience greater community integration as ICFs (which follow an institutional program model) convert to Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs). Transition Specialists will meet with these individuals and/or their family members/advocates. The TS can assist with selecting a Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC) who will best meet the individual's needs. The TS can assist and ensure that the individual has the skills and supports he/she needs to be ready for the community. The TS will also participate with the treatment team in creating a person centered plan that promotes independence and meaningful community involvement.


Anyone can make a referral to the Open Doors Transition Center. The Transition Center Referral Form (available for download below) can be completed and sent to the Regional Contact listed in the chart below. Referrals can also be made by calling NYAIL's Transition Center Hotline at 844-545-7108, via fax to 518-465-4625, or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


For more information:

Suzanne de Beaumont
Project Director
MFP Transition Center
155 Washington Ave, Suite 208
Albany, New York 12210
Phone: (844) 545-7108


Documents available for download:

 

 

Open Doors (MFP) Transition Center

Regional Contacts


Regional Counties


Contact Information 

Auxiliary Independent Living Centers
Albany North

Clinton, Essex, Franklin, 
Fulton, Hamilton,
Montgomery, Saratoga,
Warren, Washington
Ashley Carter
Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center (SAIL)
71 Glenwood Ave
Queensbury, NY 12804
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Tel: 518-792-3537 x 312
Fax: 518-792-0979

North Country Center for Independence, Plattsburgh
Elizabeth Davies: 518-563-9058

Albany South

Albany, Columbia, Greene, 
Rensselaer, Schenectady,
Schoharie
Pat Pfeifer
Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (ILCHV)
15-17 Third Street
Troy, NY 12180
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Tel: 518-274-0701 x 108
Fax: 518-274-7944

Capital District Center for Independence, Albany
Laurie Milward:518-459-6422

Buffalo

Cattaraugus, Chautauqua,
Erie, Niagara, Orleans, 
Wyoming
Gerilyn Capps
Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL)
3108 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 716-284-4131
Fax: 716-284-3230

Southwestern Independent Living Center, Jamestown
David Marg: 716-661-3010

WNYIL, Batavia
Wendy Carabello: 585-815-8501 x 410

Long Island

Nassau, Suffolk

Michelle Darling- Downs/ Eileen Thomas
Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO)
755 Waverly Ave.
Holtsville, NY 11742
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Tel: (631) 880-7929 x 105
Fax: (631) 946-6377

 
Lower Hudson Valley

Dutchess, Orange, 
Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan,
Ulster, Westchester
Donna Ponessa
Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS)
(A Satellite Office of Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc.)
1441 Route 22, Suite 240
Brewster, NY 10509
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 845-228-7457 x 1115
Fax: 845-228-7460

Resource Center for Accessible Living, Kingston
Nicholas Hall: 845-331-0541 x 12

Michael Melendez                       Rockland Independent Living Ctr., New City 845-624-1366

Taconic Resources for Independence, Poughkeepsie
Vanessa Dubetsky: 845-452-3913

Westchester Disabled on the Move, Yonkers
Yaw Adu Appiadu: 914-968-4717
New York City

Bronx, Kings, New York, 
Queens, Richmond
Nelina Bowan
Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY)
841 Broadway, Suite 301
New York, NY 10003
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 212-674-2300
Fax: 212-254-5953
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Brooklyn
Mehak Rizvi: 718-998-3000

Bronx Independent Living Services, Bronx
Anthony Lebron: 718-515-2800
Rochester

Genesee, Livingston, 
Monroe, Ontario, Seneca,
Wayne, Yates
Susan Stahl
Center for Disability Rights (CDR)
497 State Street
Rochester, NY 14608
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 585-546-7510
Fax: 585-546-7542
 
Southern Tier

Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, 
Chemung, Chenango, Cortland,
Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler,
Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins
Dacia Legge
Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC)
135 East Frederick St.
Binghamton, NY 13904
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 607-724-2111
Fax: 607-772-3606

AIM Independent Living Center, Corning
Cindy Hamilton: 607-962-8225

Access to Independence, Cortland
Anne Marie Piche/ Emily Jensen: 607-753-7363 

Catskill Center for Independence, Oneonta
Rachel Halstead: 607-432-8000

Syracuse

Madison, Onondaga, Oswego,
Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida,
St. Lawrence, Jefferson
Juanita Clark-Abolafia
ARISE Independent Living Center
635 James Street
Syracuse,NY13203
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 315-671-2948
Fax: 315-671-2977
Massena Independent Living Center, Massena
Tina Laflesh: 315-764-9442

Resource Center for Independent Living, Utica
Maxine Nasby: 315-797-4642