Date Posted: 12/1/2020

Location: Rochester, NY and surrounding counties.

Title: Transition Specialist 

Job Summary:

With general supervision, provide advocacy, short-term counseling, support, linkage, and coordination of services for individuals transitioning out of facilities to the community. Conduct intake assessments, social work evaluations, and assist service coordinators to develop initial individual service plans to prepare for long-term services. Participate in team meetings with participants and their proposed service providers, and advocate for their rights and implementation of needed and desired services.  

The main goal is to assist the participants in maintaining and obtaining services that will assist them to live in the most integrated setting possible within the community of their choice. 

Job Duties:

  • As a representative of CDR, be committed in all that you do to support, perpetuate, and model the CDR Mission. 
  • Provide potential participants with HCBS options.
  • Build and maintain knowledge of HCBS in your region.
  • Participate in discharge planning.
  • Coordinate with RRDC’s, OPWDD State Operations Office and Regional Office’s Front Door, and MLTC/MCO’s.
  • Administrator Quality of Life Surveys when requested on the timeline set forth by either NYAIL or the OPWDD system.
  • Assist the service coordinator or nursing facility staff to develop person-centered transition service plans, which may include securing qualified housing the participant.
  • Coordinate home and community services during transition period.
  • Ensure continuation of service after the transition period.
  • Maintain files that are current and in compliance with the CDRs standards and State DOH regulations.
  • Meet all documentation timeline and maintain quality of services.
  • Participate in trainings at the discretion of the Supervisor and strives for professional development and to increase their knowledge base related to participant population.
  • Review program updates as administered, and implement all changes, regulatory and otherwise.
  • Link the participants with an appropriate service provider who can assist them in implementing the appropriate portion of their service plan.
  • Assist the participant in securing a community housing that meets their individual welfare and safety needs.
  • Review the outcomes of the participant’s service plan and advocate for the needs and changes in the services as necessary in combination with the participants needs and desired outcomes.
  • Attend appointments and meetings as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.


A Minimum of one (1) year experience providing service coordination for individuals with disabilities and knowledge about community resources; A Bachelor’s Degree in a human service related field and two (2) years of experience providing service coordination to individuals with disabilities, and knowledge about community resources; A Bachelor’s Degree and specific experience related to transitioning individuals from nursing facilities to community living.

Possess a basic knowledge and understanding of public welfare, Social Security benefits and entitlements.  General knowledge and understanding of developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and mental illness.  Have knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing individuals who have developmental and cognitive disabilities, and choose to live independently with in the region.  Understanding of Independent Living philosophy.  Basic knowledge of the ADA, and a desire to learn more about the public laws that uphold the civil rights of disabled individuals.  Knowledge of community services available to the citizens in the region.

Basic knowledge and comfort level with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:

The Job Duties are representative of the essential functions of the position. The physical requirements for this position are those typically present in normal office environment conditions. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs. Reliable transportation is necessary, as there may be local day business travel required of this position. The Rochester region for this program covers seven counties therefore reliable transport is required along with the willingness to travel within the seven county region.

The ability to climb stairs is necessary in this position because the residences of our participants are sometimes inaccessible to someone using a wheelchair. 

Is there any reason you are unable to fulfill the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodations?

The Center for Disability Rights strives to be a participant controlled, cross disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves.  CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, educational level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

The Center for Disability Rights, inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All reasonable accommodations will be made. 

The Center for Disability Rights works for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities. It is vitally important to the mission of the organization that all employees understand, accept, and practice the values of the organization in the conduct of their work.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment and or belief to the civil rights of persons with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting possible.


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CDR Mission Statement:

CDR is a disability led, not-for-profit corporation.  We provide services to people with disabilities and seniors within the framework of an Independent Living Model which promotes independence of people with all types of disabilities, enabling choice in living setting, full access to the community, and control of their life.

CDR works for national, state, and local systemic change to advance the rights of people with disabilities by supporting direct action, coalition building, community organizing, policy analysis, litigation,  training for advocates, and community education.

CDR advocates for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities.