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Community Services

Building on our founding tradition, ALG’s services today extend to the Capital District’s suburbs, rural areas and inner-cities alike. We provide person-centered choices across a wide range of residential, recreational and support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Capital District. Our goal is to create environments where persons with developmental disabilities can be safe, happy, and can develop the confidence and skills to live as independently as possible.

Services We Provide

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Self-Direction

The Alternative Living Group, Inc. currently provides Fiscal Intermediary services to individuals residing in the Capital Region. Fiscal Intermediary services are a Medicaid funded program offered through New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Home and Community Based Services Waiver. The service is provided to OPWDD eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. Fiscal Intermediary services assist individuals seeking to participate in Self-Directed Services under the Home and Community Based Services Waiver.

Self-Directed Services allows the individual and/or their involved family members to control and direct their own services to best fit their needs. For more information regarding Fiscal Intermediary services, please contact the Family Support Department at (518) 374-0053

Respite

The Alternative Living Group, Inc. provides after-School Respite services to individuals currently residing in Schenectady and Albany Counties, the after-school Respite Service is a Medicaid funded program offered through New York States Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. (OPWDD) Home and Community Based Services Waiver. The service is provided to OPWDD eligible individuals with developmental disabilities that are of school age and currently reside at home.

The Community Services Department currently has after-school programs in both the Schenectady City School District and the City School District of Albany. All after-school programs follow the school district calendar and provide care to students with developmental disabilities. The programs typically run from the end of the school day to 6pm. Each program offers the students opportunity to participate in various physical education activities, arts and crafts, as well as several field trips throughout the year. For more information please contact the Community Services Department at (518) 374-0053.

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After School Respite

Summer Camp

The Alternative Living Group, Inc. currently offers Summer Camp services to individuals residing in Schenectady County. Summer Camp is a Medicaid funded program offered through New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Home and Community Based Services Waiver. The service is provided to OPWDD eligible individuals that are of school age and currently reside at home.

The Community Services Department currently provides three weeks of day camp services in conjunction with the Guilderland YMCA. The program runs during the summer and provides care to over 20 students. The students have the opportunity to enjoy various field activities, arts and crafts, swimming, and are able to attend several field trips. Transportation is provided to our students that reside in the Schenectady City School District. For more information please contact the Community Services Department at (518) 374-0053.

GAP Program

The Alternative Living Group, Inc. currently provides GAP services to individuals residing in the Capital Region. GAP is a Medicaid funded program offered through New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Home and Community Based Services Waiver. The service is provided to OPWDD eligible individuals that are of school age and currently reside at home.

The Community Services Department provides GAP services during school vacations and follows the Schenectady City School District calendar. The students have the opportunity to enjoy various field activities, arts and crafts, swimming, and are able to attend several field trips. Transportation to and from the program is provided to our students who reside within the Schenectady City School District. For more information please contact the Community Services Department at (518) 374-0053.

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Educational Advocacy

ALG operates an Educational Advocacy Program which can assist families in accessing educational services in the least restrictive/ most appropriate environment for their child.

The educational advocate(s) is available to review the IEP’s for each child, and will, if required, attend CSE meetings with parents.

Community Habilitation

The Alternative Living Group, Inc. currently provides Community Habilitation services to individuals residing in the Capital Region. Community Habilitation is a Medicaid funded program offered through New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Home and Community Based Services Waiver. The service is provided to OPWDD eligible individuals.

The Community Habilitation program is a goal-oriented service designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to live more independently in their home and have greater access to their community. The program allows individuals to work on individual specific, person –centered goals that will assist them in learning new skills and becoming active members of their community.

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ISS Apartments

Individuals who reside in their own apartments may receive monthly rent subsidies, and up to twenty hours per week of staff assistance in maintaining their homes. Staff is available to help participants with such things as money management, community utilization and other skill related activities.