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, a Registered Nurse (RN), 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

 

April Easton
Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center (SAIL)
71 Glenwood Ave
Queensbury, NY 12804
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Tel: 518-792-3537
Fax: 518-792-0979

 

Mylina Prunier,
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Anthony Lemise,
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North Country Center for Independence, Plattsburgh

Christina Walton,
518-563-9058,
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SAIL, Queensbury

Education & Outreach:
Amy Whittenberg,
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Albany South

Albany, Columbia, Greene, 
Rensselaer, Schenectady,
Schoharie

 

Maggie Hayes
Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (ILCHV)
15-17 Third Street
Troy, NY 12180
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Tel: 518-274-0701, ext. 109
Fax: 518-274-7944

Kale Berard,
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Capital District Center for Independence, Albany

518-459-6422

Stacy Sanchez,
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ILCHV, Troy

Education & Outreach:
Pat Pfeifer,
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Buffalo

Cattaraugus, Chautauqua,
Erie, Niagara, Orleans, 
Wyoming

 

Gerilyn Capps-Anderson
Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL)
3108 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
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Tel: 716-836-0822, ext. 115
Fax: 716-284-3230

TBD,
716-836-0822 ext.193

Southwestern Independent Living Center, Jamestown

David Marg,
716-484-4145,
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WNYIL, Batavia

Danielle Dispenza,
585-815-8501, ext. 410,
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Education & Outreach:
TBD

Long Island

Nassau, Suffolk

 

Michelle Darling-Downs
Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO)
3253 Route 112, Bldg 10, Suite 5
Medford, NY 11763
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Tel: (631) 880-7929, ext. 105
Fax: (631) 946-6377

SILO, Medford

Lisa Coady,
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Kiersten Falcone,
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Sarah Meyer,
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Royel Brennin,
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Admin - Eileen Thomas,
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Education & Outreach:
Martha Vargas,
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Lower Hudson Valley

Dutchess, Orange, 
Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan,
Ulster, Westchester

 

Regina Martin
Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS)
(A Satellite Office of Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc.)
1441 Route 22, Suite 240
Brewster, NY 10509
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Tel: 845-228-7457, ext. 1129
Fax: 845-228-7460


Michael Melendez,
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Edith Martinez,
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Shayna Baxter,
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Resource Center for Accessible Living, Kingston

845-331-0541

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Rockland Independent Living Ctr. (BRIDGES), West Nyack

845-624-1366

Kaitlyn Scilla,
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Taconic Resources for Independence, Poughkeepsie

845-452-3913

Vanessa Dubetsky,
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Kathy Sheehan,
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Westchester Disabled on the Move, Yonkers

Clydia Edwards,
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914-968-4717
 

PILS, Brewster

Education & Outreach:
Julie Greenwood,
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New York City

Bronx, Kings, New York, 
Queens, Richmond

 

Dheki Lama
Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY)
80-02 Kew Gardens Road
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
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Tel: 646-368-8034

Main: 646-442-1520
Fax: 718-866-1072

Admin - Ashley Francis,
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Qiana Hankins,
646-849-8204,
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Fred Horlback,
646-849-8318,
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Isunami Suero (On leave 3/20/2022+),
347-955-7417,
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Sherina Lawes (On leave 12/1/2021+),
347-839-8930,
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Ifeoma Okoba,
646-515-8074,
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Kevin Roberson,
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Benjamin Thariath,
646-436-4302,
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Francys Nunez,
929-519-4367,
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Bathsheba Davis,
929-498-3765,
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Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Brooklyn

718-998-3000

Mehak Rizvi,
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Yvette Wilson,
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Bronx Independent Living Services, Bronx

718-515-2800
 
Kadijah Overton,
914-370-4021,
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Lisa Rivera,
929-502-7333,
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Natasha Davis,
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Staten Island Center for Independent Living, Staten Island

Michelle Sabatino - Exec. Dir.
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Sharon Jackson,
929-216-2784,
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Samuel Greenberg,
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CIDNY, New York

Education & Outreach:

Karilyn Nieves,
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Troy Scott,
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Rochester

Genesee, Livingston, 
Monroe, Ontario, Seneca,
Wayne, Yates

 

Ann Kaplow
Center for Disability Rights (CDR)
497 State Street
Rochester, NY 14608
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Tel: 585-546-7510
Fax: 585-546-7542

Julie Shengulette
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Manager Transition and Diversions:
Susan Stahl,
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CDR, Rochester

Education & Outreach:

Damita Peace

Southern Tier

Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, 
Chemung, Chenango, Cortland,
Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler,
Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins

 

Marcy Donahue
Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC)
135 East Frederick St.
Binghamton, NY, 13904
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Tel: 607-724-2111 ext. 391
Fax: 607-772-3606

Noelle Valla,
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AIM Independent Living Center, Corning

Nicole Cansdale,
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607-962-8225

Access to Independence, Cortland

Terri Rigge,
607-753-7363,
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Catskill Center for Independence, Oneonta

Heather Merrill,
607-432-8000,
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STIC, Binghamton
 
Education & Outreach:
Maegan Berliner,
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Syracuse

Madison, Onondaga, Oswego,
Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida,
St. Lawrence, Jefferson

 

Juanita Clark-Abolafia
ARISE Independent Living Center
635 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
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Tel: 315-671-2948
Fax: 315-671-2977

Bo Johnson,
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315-671-2990

ARISE Independent Living Center, Auburn

Kim Amidon
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315-255-3447

Massena Independent Living Center, Massena

315-764-9442


Resource Center for Independent Living, Utica

Rebekah O'Brien
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315-624-2523
 
ARISE Independent Living Center, Syracuse
 
Education & Outreach:
Tedd Stiles,
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MFP/Open Doors Nurse
Laura Bingell
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518-491-4901
 

Open Doors staff at NYAIL

518-465-4650
Suzanne de Beaumont,
Project Director,
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Laurie Carter,
Statewide SW Coordinator,
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Tami Loya,
Education and Outreach Director,
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Sara Morris,
NYC TS Liaison,
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Michele Pedersen,
Statewide TS Liaison,
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Katy Bell,
Peer Director,
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Lesley Kelder
Statewide Peer/TS Liaison,
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Josephine Todaro,
Good Neighbor Program Director,
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