Community Development

bettsey-group-at-camp1. Can I get a tax exemption for an inkind donation?

Any inkind donation (donation of goods or services) is tax deductable when the donor provides name, address, item donated and value of the item.

2. How are Memorial Donations acknowledged?

The donor is sent a thank you note and the deceased person’s family is sent a note informing them of the donation.

3. Are receipts sent for donations?

Receipts and thank you letters are sent for contributions of $75.00 or more per IRS regulations.  Donations under that amount have the donation amount in the body of the thank you letter and the letter can be used as a receipt.

4. Where do I send donations?

Donations can be made to Friends of the Arc Foundation at PO Box 97, Utica, NY 13503-0097.  Phone: 315.272.1529.

5. How do I become a volunteer for Community Development?

Volunteers are needed for occasional bulk mailings (stuffing envelopes, sealing, sorting etc.) and to work on fundraising committees.  If you are interested, please contact the Community Development office at 315.272.1532

Service Coordination

1. How do you apply for Service Coordination?

A person meeting the eligibility for Service Coordination simply needs to contact the Intake worker at 315.735.6477, ext. 1675.

2. What is the purpose of Service Coordination?

The purpose of Service Coordination is to provide assistance in developing, arranging, coordinating, monitoring and creating a package of multiple services to meet an individual’s need for services to ensure they live a successful life according to their dreams and desires.

3. As a Service Coordinator what will you do for me?

The Service Coordinator will:
--Work with an individual and their family to explore what they want and need in life and then assist them in getting it
--Work in “partnership” with the person and their family to develop, implement, and maintain the person’s Individualized Service Plan
--Work for the individual to find resources, services, and supports that the person wants or needs
--Make sure all providers are working toward achieving the person’s desired outcomes.

4. What is an ISP?

An ISP is a personal plan written by the MSC service coordinator and is required for all persons enrolled in MSC or the HCBS Waiver.  It contains information describing the person, identifying the person’s dreams and desires, and specifying the service and supports to achieve them.  The ISP is developed using a person-centered approach to planning with the person being the focus of all planning activities.  The content of the ISP is based upon discussions with the person, person’s family and/or advocate, service providers and others who know the person best. The ISP must be reviewed once every six months.

Day Services

1. Who pays for Day Habilitation?

Day Habilitation is funded by Medicaid  through the Medicaid Waiver.

2. Who is eligible for day services?

Individuals who have a developmental disability, diagnosed before the 22nd  birthday are eligible for services.

3. Is there an age limitation of who can attend?

There is no maximum age limitation, yet individuals must be at least 21 years of age.  (In special circumstances, a special waiver can be issued to provide services to individuals younger than 21.)

4. What are developmental disabilities?

Developmental disabilities are disabilities of a person which are attributed to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neurological impairment or autism that originate before the 22nd birthday, has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely and constitutes a substantial handicap to such person’s ability to function normally in society.

5. What are your hours?

Day Services provide services Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

6. Do I have to attend full-time?

No, you can attend anywhere from one day a week to five days a week, based on your wants and desires.  Half-day attendance is an option, but The Arc does not provide transportation for half-day attendance.

7. Can I attend another program while attending day services part-time?

Yes, many individuals attend part-time day services and another program the remaining days, such as vocational services.

8. How do the individuals get to the programs?

The Arc contracts with the Birnie Bus Service to provide transportation from the individuals homes in the morning, to program and back home in the afternoon.

9. Are meals provided?

Generally, no meals are provided.  The senior day habilitation program does provide meals as the program is located at a senior nutrition site.

10. Do you administer prescribed medications?

Day Habilitation programs have personnel on staff who are certified to pass prescribed medications.  Personnel includes RNs, LPNs, and Approved Medication Administration Personnel; although positions vary by site.

11. How do I make a referral?

Contact either the Director of Day Services at 315.735.6477, ext. 1543 or the Intake Coordinator at 315.735.6477, ext. 1675.

12. Can individuals attend who are not eligible for Medicaid?

Yes, for those individuals not eligible for Medicaid they can attend on a private pay basis.

13. Who do I contact if I have a question or concern?

Each program has an on-site director who can assist you with questions or concerns, or direct you to someone who can assist you.