Arc Herkimer’s mission is empowering people with disabilities and enriching lives throughout our community. Arc Herkimer provides a wide range of quality support services and activities for infants, children, and teens with developmental disabilities, such as after school and weekend respite, services coordination, among many others. Participants and their families are encouraged and supported in the expression of their individual rights and preferred choices. Arc Herkimer provides consultation to ensure that each service package is appropriately designed to meet the personal needs and preferences of the individual. Service packages may include one or more of the services offered. All Arc Herkimer services are provided at the highest quality and comply with all applicable rules, regulations, and laws. Programs and services available include:
If parents or caretakers of children and teens are interested in receiving any service(s) with Arc Herkimer or investigating other services offered, they should contact the Outreach Development Coordinator at (315) 574-7000.
Arc Herkimer’s Outreach Coordinator can help individuals or families substantiate developmental disabilities. In addition, the Coordinator can assist with Social Security applications, guidance with applying for other government programs such as food stamps and ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation), and/or provide a direction of where to begin with services. If individuals are already determined to be eligible, but wish to access some of the Arc Herkimer services listed on this site for themselves or family members, or if they are working with service coordinators from a different agency—the Outreach Development Coordinator can assist in applying for or accessing programs.
Medicaid Service Coordinators work with individuals, families, and caretakers to find the agency and community resources a person needs. In order to qualify for Medicaid Service Coordination, an individual must have a certain type of Medicaid coverage and be OPWDD (New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) services eligible. There are mechanisms for securing Medicaid for minors even if the parents are not eligible.
The Service Coordinator occasionally visits the person to monitor services he or she is currently receiving and to explore new services the individual or family may desire. The Service Coordinator will develop a person-centered plan with the person and his or her family, advocates, or guardians based upon the dreams, desires, and goals the person served wants to work on. A Service Coordinator encourages the people they serve to advocate for themselves as much as possible and will guide them along that path. Typical areas a Service Coordinator assists with, but are not limited to, include Social Security acquisition, Medicaid, food stamp and other benefit obtainment and guidance, recreational and respite services, securing medical and legal advocacy, school advocacy, residential options (both community and agency), employment and day habilitation services. An individual is required to have a Medicaid Service Coordinator in order to be enrolled in an OPWDD Medicaid Waiver Program. Service Coordination offices are typically open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Service Access Assistance is limited service coordination for those who do not currently qualify for Medicaid. A Service Access Assistance Coordinator works with a person and/or their family to help them become eligible for Medicaid Service Coordination, and other OPWDD services including a HCBS (Home and Community-Based Services) Waiver. If Medicaid obtainment is not a realistic goal, a Service Access Assistance Coordinator typically assists in the following areas: securing medical and legal advocacy, school advocacy, public benefit obtainment, employment, and respite options. Service Coordination offices are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Children and Teens Community Respite is available seven days a week, with afterschool and weekends programs tailored to give family members personal time away from care giving for their developmentally-disabled child or teen. The group also promotes a social environment for children and teens to interact and to make friends with peers. Open to any child or teen living with another individual (family member, caretaker, sibling, etc.). The individual must be HCBS (Home and Community-Based Services) Waiver enrolled and diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Group activities can include: bowling, dining out, miniature golf, camping trips, attending area sporting events, movies, and activities at Arc Herkimer Recreation Center, etc. Two-way transportation provided.
Special Needs Children Group includes children with developmental disabilities, including those with Autism. The service is offered on Saturdays at Arc Herkimer’s Recreation Activity Center (RAC) and other Arc Herkimer sites. Activities include art and crafts, listening skills, gross and fine motor activities, social skills, music and language skills, among others. All learning will be done in the form of play and with fun activities. Two-way transportation provided.
Respite is available to individuals with a developmental disability, including children and teens, enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. The individuals must live at home with a family member or with a caregiver. Family Care Home providers may also access the William H. Privett Respitality Center. Families pre-arrange respite services to help provide them with personal time away from caring for their loved ones—whether it is a few hours or all weekend. The Respitality Center, located in Little Falls, NY, is open from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening. The Center also operates a few weeks during the year to accommodate the vacation and school-break needs of families with school-age children and teens.
Day Habilitation - Community is available seven days a week with services provided after school and weekends. The child or teen must be HCBS (Home and Community-Based Services) Waiver enrolled, and diagnosed with developmental disabilities. All activities are goal-directed and based on the needs of the individual. To address and achieve goals to help promote emotional and physical well-being, stronger communications skills, and community integration, Arc Herkimer utilizes local establishments for activities such as a grocery store, bowling alley, playground, movie theater, and restaurant, among other sites. Two-way transportation provided to and from home.
Community Habilitation is available seven days a week. The child or teen must be HCBS (Home and Community-Based Services) Waiver enrolled and diagnosed with developmental disabilities. All activities are goal-directed and based on individual needs. The majority of time is spent in the community to help individuals to become independent within their home environments and community. Activities can include cooking and making snacks, daily living skills such as laundry, housekeeping, among others. Additionally, activities can include outings to community establishments such as the library, restaurants, parks, shopping, etc. Two-way transportation provided to and from home.
Career Connections Office
125-127 E. Albany Street, Herkimer, NY
Questions regarding programs: (315) 574-7883
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins welcome
Career Connections, a division of Arc Herkimer, can assist teens, age 16 and older with disabilities, who are seeking education, trade, and employment to achieve meaningful work based on each person's needs, desires, and abilities. Career Connections, in partnership with Herkimer Working Solutions, will provide an assessment of the academic level, skill levels, and service needs of each participant, ages 16 and above, with and without disabilities. Service strategies will be developed for each participant that identify career pathways that include education and employment goals. Assistance will be provided to the participants that will lead to the attainment of a secondary school diploma, preparation for postsecondary educational and training opportunities, links between academic and occupational education.
Psychiatry Services are available to those individuals attending Day Services at Arc Herkimer, residing in an Arc Herkimer residence, or to those with an Arc Herkimer Medicaid Service Coordinator. These services are delivered by a Psychiatric Provider, and one must also have a developmental disability and be determined eligible for OPWDD (New York State Office for Persons with a Developmental Disability) services. The psychiatry clinic is provided once a month by referral and appointment only. There are no fees or Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Arc Herkimer’s Compliance and Quality program offers opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in a comprehensive, enhanced Person Centered Planning (PCP) session. During this session individuals and family members have the opportunity to discuss what’s most important to them in their lives with one of Arc Herkimer’s trained Personal Outcome Measures® Interviewers. At the conclusion of the interview, individuals determine specific areas of their lives where they chose to receive supports and services to assist them in achieving their life goals. The Personal Outcome Measures® interview empowers individuals and their family to envision individualized possibilities for their future; determine supports and resources for each person; and enrich lives with unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction. In addition to the Personal Outcome Measures® tool Arc Herkimer offers other Person Centered Planning tools upon request which include: PATH (Planning Alternatives Tomorrows with Hope), MAPS (McGill Action Plan System), Essential Lifestyle Planning, Framework for Planning, and Importance Satisfaction Mapping.
Arc Herkimer supports an organized Self-Advocacy Group, whose representatives contribute to serve as a “voice” for people with disabilities. “People Are Beautiful” accomplishments include sharing ideas and concerns with Arc Herkimer administration and the community, communicating with local, state and national government representatives, and attending state and national conferences. The group also hosts fund raisers throughout the year so they can attend conferences. The group conducts an annual essay contest with Herkimer County 5th graders titled, “Project Respect.” Project Respect helps to break down barriers and educate students that people with disabilities are good sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, neighbors, coworkers and bosses. Students find through the essay writing process that the differences among us are not so profound at all. Additionally, Self-Advocacy classes are presented within several Arc Herkimer programs, which help to develop and promote self and group independence. Individuals are encouraged to speak out on issues and to promote equal rights.
The Vice President - Compliance & Quality/Corporate Compliance Officer oversees Arc Herkimer’s Ethics Helpline, a confidential secure voice mail system that is committed to timely identification and resolution of all issues that may adversely affect individuals supported, staff, and/or Arc Herkimer. People can call anonymously. Telephone calls to the Ethics Helpline might include: known episode of misconduct or violation of agency procedures and/or questions regarding documentation or the implementation of agency policy. To call the Ethics Helpline, dial (315) 866-7946.