The Arc of Putnam's Residential Department - Frequently Asked Questions
What should parents know about Residential Services for their children who may need to move to a group home someday?
Families are encouraged to begin doing their own research on prospective agencies, well in advance of an anticipated need for Residential Services. They may want to start with those suggested by the Service Coordinator (MSC). Many agencies may have websites that will offer information about their programs. You may want to read the mission statement of each agency and compare it with your own ideas and preferences. You might want to talk with the agency’s representative as well as individuals or the families of individuals who have received services from the agencies you are considering. Let the MSC know what your preferences are in finding a residence, such as location, type of home setting, private organization vs. state run facility, co-ed vs. all male/female, etc.
Keep in mind many agencies, including PARC, have waiting lists for residential placement. For this reason, we suggest the MSC will apply to multiple agencies in order to increase the likelihood for an opening. It is a long process that will take a lot of time and consideration. Many families wait years to find an appropriate place for their loved one that they are comfortable with.
For more information, view the OPWDD Guide for Choosing a Residential Service Provider for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
How long is the waiting list for Residential Services at the Arc of Putnam?
Our waiting list is not arranged in chronological order. Nor are placements offered on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Our goal is to match applicants with homes that are appropriate to meet their needs and would provide a good fit with other individuals that live there. Therefore, it is not possible to provide an estimate of the length of time one may be on our waiting list. Individuals on the waiting list are screened as openings become available within the agency.
How are applicant’s informed about openings that become available?
When an opening becomes available within the agency, we review all of the candidates on the waiting list and select those applicants whose needs and profile are an appropriate match to the location of the opening.
We will contact the selected applicants’ MSC(s) to begin a screening process with the individual(s) and their parents/guardian or involved family members.
What’s involved in the screening process for Residential Placement?
Typically the applicant will be invited to visit the home with the available opening and meet the staff there. This is an opportunity for both parties to get to know more about each other, ask questions, and decide if this would be a good match. The amount, type and frequency of additional pre-placement visits are decided by the Residential team(s) on a case-by-case basis.
How do individuals qualify for Residential Services with the Arc of Putnam?
In order to be eligible for services through the Arc of Putnam, you must first be eligible for OPWDD funded services. Individuals seeking residential services must also be on the NYS Cares list. (NY State Cares is a registry used by the state for tracking and programmatic planning purposes.)
Will the Arc of Putnam consider referrals for individuals from outside of Putnam County?
Preference is given to Putnam County Residents. However, we will accept applications for individuals in other counties.
How do individuals apply for the Arc of Putnam Residential Services?
Applications, also called Referral Packets, are accepted from the Medicaid Service Coordinator representing the individual seeking placement or the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office placement unit. Referral packets should be mailed to The Arc of Putnam, Attention: Residential Intake, 575 Drewville Road, Carmel, New York 10512
What does a Referral Packet include?
All submissions must include:
What happens after an application for Residential Services is sent to the Arc of Putnam?
Upon submission of the application and supporting documentation, the referent will receive a letter indicating the status of the application and further instructions, if necessary.
What is person-centered planning?
Person-centered planning is an approach to services that focuses on what the individual chooses and prefers and on their gifts and desires. It emphasizes capabilities and what works for the person rather than his or her problems or deficits. It builds services around the person’s desires rather than trying to fit the person into the system.
The goal of person-centered planning is ultimately life enrichment. Usually, this means assisting people to develop meaningful relationships and activities in their community. Ideally, we want to build a personal support network of people in the community.
Although the methods or tools used in person-centered planning can vary, they all involve a planning group, chosen by the individual and his or her family, which works together to discover ways to empower the individual and enrich his or her life.
What is an IRA?
An Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) is a type of community residence that provides room, board and individualized service options. Supervised IRAs provide 24-hour staff support and supervision for up to 14 residents. Day services are also available for individuals living in IRAs and may include group or individual day habilitation, prevocational services and supported employment.
Supportive IRAs are limited to 3 or fewer individuals and provide need-based supports and services for those who are living in their own homes or apartments, but do not require 24-hour staff support and supervision. The Arc of Putnam’s apartment programs operate as Supportive IRAs.
What is the Arc of Putnam’s criteria for admission to the Apartment Program?
Our apartment program is designed for individuals who are able to live independently in the community with minimal assistance and guidance. In order to qualify for admission to an apartment setting, individuals must meet the Apartment Program Criteria.