The EPIC Long Island Community Services Department offers Community Habilitation, Medicaid Service Coordination, and Community Education.
Community Habilitation offers the opportunity for people with developmental disabilities to live at home more independently and more safely. A trained Community Habilitation Support Specialist works with individuals in their homes and communities to develop skills, pursue an interest, and live more independently. Such activities include going shopping; learning to cook nutritious meals; learning to use public transportation; developing skills to take better care of one’s self and home; and exploring programs, services, and activities of interest that lead to a more fulfilling life.
Medicaid Service Coordination
Medicaid Service Coordination assists people with developmental disabilities in gaining access to services and supports.
Though there are many responsibilities of the Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC), those listed below capture the role that the MSC plays in the life of a person with developmental disabilities.
- Life Planning: The Life Planning process is documented in the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) - a document that provides a profile of the individual, the valued outcomes they are striving to achieve, and the services they use to attain these outcomes. The MSC works with the individual, the family/advocates, and service providers to develop a plan that is a reflection of the person and his or her pursuits.
- Linking to Resources: The MSC looks within the community of the individual to obtain resources that promote the person’s interests, talents, hobbies, skills, needs, desires, and dreams. These resources could include day programs, employment, recreation and entertainment, living arrangements, adaptive equipment, financial assistance, community habilitation, respite, and emergency/disaster planning.
- Advocacy: The MSC provides the critical role of advocate for the health, safety, and rights of the people with whom they work.