The THRIVE Network offers a wide array of programs, including residential programs, day habilitation, community outreach, child education, social habilitation, case management, behavioral health services, employment services, and family support programs.
All services share the same goal: to help individuals with developmental disabilities reach their greatest potential, in their own way and their own time. Programs use a person-centered approach with an emphasis on having even the most challenged individual receive the services they need to reach their goals.
It’s a team effort. We believe we can make the greatest difference by working together with families and advocates, and we welcome their involvement and participation.
Non-Medicaid Case Management is provided to families who do not have access or are unable to obtain Medicaid due to income adversity and/or citizenship. The THRIVE Network provides services at no cost to the participating individuals with a developmental disability (less than 18 years of age) and their families residing in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
These families are assigned a Service Coordinator to assist with applying for Medicaid on the individual’s behalf. This can be processed through either the HCBS Waiver program, which waives the family’s income to enable the individual to receive Medicaid entitlements and/or through the Human Resources Administration (HRA).
The Service Coordinator helps the individual and their family obtain support services at home to help the individual become as independent as possible. Approval of the applicant’s developmental disability from the local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) is required prior to enrollment.
Medicaid Service Coordination, otherwise known as MSC, helps individuals with developmental disabilities gain access to services and support. Working in partnership with the individual and their family, the THRIVE Network’s Service Coordinators develop, implement, and maintain an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) that identifies the needs, interests, and abilities of each individual. In addition, they will follow-up on recommendations and referrals designed to promote independent living skills while safeguarding the individual’s physical and emotional well-being. Individuals can then gain access to various Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) such as Medicaid, SSI and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The THRIVE Network’s Family Reimbursement Services provide additional support to parents and caregivers of individuals with a developmental disability residing in their home. This program provides financial assistance with mandatory medical support such as equipment and respite care. For more details, please visit the OPWDD website and complete and eligibility form.
The THRIVE Network’s Sunday Respite Program provides temporary care for individuals with developmental disabilities to give primary caregiver a break from their daily routine. This Sunday-only program is designed for individuals residing in the five boroughs of New York City.
The THRIVE Network’s After School & Saturday Respite Program offers children with disabilities living in Brooklyn and Queens after-school assistance with their homework and teaches academic skills appropriate to each individual’s needs
After School Services are offered Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 180 days a year, based on the New York City Board of Education school calendar. Children must ages of 5 to 17 and have a diagnosis of a developmental disability. The THRIVE Network also hosts recreational events, activities, and outings for participating students on Saturdays.
The THRIVE Network’s Adult Day Habilitation Program helps participants develop skills such as writing, problem solving, money management, travel, and socialization so they can become independent and self-sufficient. These skills are part of a developmental plan designed by the individual, their family, and the Medicaid Service Coordinator.
The THRIVE Network’s Community Habilitation Program facilitates community inclusion, integration, and relationship building for individuals with developmental disabilities. A Community Habilitation Specialist assists the individual by working on an array of competencies, which include: writing, academics, independent living, money management, travel, education, and socialization. This program is available to those who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability and are Medicaid registered, enrolled in the HCBS Waiver program, and eligible to receive Medicaid Service Coordination.
The THRIVE Network provides various residential services to service recipients in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. Currently, we operate 35 Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs), both supervised and supportive, as well as nine Individual Supports and Services (ISS) apartments.
From its inception, THRIVE has taken a special interest in serving and supporting individuals who the system has deemed difficult to serve and those in need of residential placement. A number of The THRIVE Network’s current residential programs were developed to meet the needs of individuals who had been rejected from other residential and day program opportunities.
The THRIVE Network’s objective is to help individuals live in the least restrictive residential setting. By proactively approaching treatment planning, our trained staff provides extra support and guidance for our recipients to ensure that they succeed and THRIVE in their new home.
Funded by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), The THRIVE Network’s Independent Support Services (ISS) provide person-centered opportunities for independent living through assisted housing payments. The goal of this program is to ensure those supported develop independent lifestyles through financial management. To learn more about the eligibility requirements, please visit the OPWDD website.
People are people, and we all need the same things and respond well to the same things.
－ Dr. Merrith Hockmeyer, Board Vice-President, THRIVE