Community Habilitation for Providers

Community Habilitation is a Medicaid-funded program operated under OPWDD to provide one-to-one training to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities to develop or enhance the skills needed to live more independently in their homes or in the community.

Community Habilitation supports the person's Life Plan and contains activities that are developed to help the person achieve his/her goals. It is then implemented through home visits and community activities as set by a schedule between the person with intellectual/developmental disabilities and the Residential Habilitation Specialist. Although a person can be authorized for the service regardless of where he/she lives, the service cannot take place in a certified location.

Community Habilitation supports can include:

  • adaptive skill development
  • community inclusion and relationship building
  • development of social skills
  • travel training
  • money management
  • leisure skills
  • appropriate behavior development to help the individual access their community.


Who Is Eligible?

To participate in Community Habilitation, the person needs to contact the Regional Front Door intake team, have his/her eligibility confirmed and have that service recommended.  For people already receiving supports, their care manager can assist them in obtaining Community Habilitation if appropriate.

Eligibility for Community Habilitation services is expanded to include not only individuals residing outside of OPWDD certified settings, but also individuals who live in an OPWDD-certified Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA), Community Residence (CR) or Family Care Home (FCH). This expansion of eligibility will allow individuals residing in OPWDD-certified settings to utilize Community Habilitation services in lieu of part or all of their day services.