Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Day Services


A range of day programs are available to individuals with developmental disabilities.  Each is focused on giving participants the personal, social and vocational supports needed to live in their community.  Programming varies depending upon each individual’s needs and interests.

Community Habilitation

Hourly Community Habilitation services are habilitation services that are provided to individuals who do not reside in a residence which is certified or operated by OPWDD.  Community Habilitation services can be delivered at any non-certified location, including the individual's home.  Supports include adaptive skill development, assistance with activities of daily living (hands-on), community inclusion and relationship building, training and support for independence in travel, transportation, adult educational supports, development of social skills, leisure skills, self-advocacy and informed choice skills, and appropriate behavior development to help the individual access their community.

Community Habilitation Phase II services are similar in scope and intent to Hourly Community Habilitation services, but are for those individuals living in OPWDD-certified supervised Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) or supervised Community Residence (CR) settings.  The flexibility of CH Phase II allows individuals to have greater choice and flexibility in how they spend their day and where they receive their habilitation supports. In order to be eligible, the individual must be HCBS waiver-enrolled and must receive residential and day services from the same provider (this program is not designed to be compatible with Supported Employment, Prevocational Services, blended services, or any comprehensive services).

Day Habilitation Services

Day Habilitation services are habilitation services that may be provided to an individual regardless of his or her living environment, and regularly take place in a non-residential setting, separate from the individual’s private residence or other home.  As with Community Habilitation services, Day Habilitation services can assist individuals to acquire, retain or improve their self-help, socialization and adaptive skills, including communication, travel and other areas in adult education.  Activities and environments are designed to foster the development of skills and appropriate behavior, greater independence, community inclusion, relationship building, self-advocacy and informed choice. Additionally, individuals accessing day habilitation often contribute to their communities through volunteer work. 

Prevocational Services

Prevocational services address the individual’s vocational interests. They assist individuals who are interested in joining "the world of work" but whose skills are such that they may not expect to obtain competitive employment within the next year.  The individual may or may not perform work for which he or she is paid while receiving prevocational services. Prevocational services include support and training related to the ability to obtain and retain employment, excluding training on job tasks per se. Please also see Employment Opportunities and Supports

For more information on day services, please contact the  Eligibility Coordinator of the Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) representing the county in which the individual/family lives.