“ The ability of a person with a disability is stronger than their disability,” This is what I have learned working with my individuals at Coop City since 2005. When we all work together we can do miracles!
– Johnnie Lee Broughton, Residence Manager
We currently operate ten Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA) programs in Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens Counties. Our programs support adults using a habilitation model which emphasizes self-determination, autonomy and productivity. Our residential programs promote community inclusion and integration and we strive to be good neighbors.
Each program is supervised by a Residence Manager trained in the Personal Outcome Measures model and employing Person Centered Planning practices in the program. A clinical team, comprised of an RN, Behavior Intervention Specialist, Nutritionist and Director of Clinical Services, works with the managers and links individuals with services such as Occupational, Speech and Physical therapy services within the community.
Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) provide direct supports and services to our individuals. They are trained in Medication Administration, Strategies for Crisis Intervention, CPR, First Aid and Fire Safety, along with many other ongoing training activities. Our DSP’s are the foundation for quality services and supports. We recruit highly compassionate, patient and dedicated staff.
Our IRA programs partner with our Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSC’s) in order to advocate for our individuals and access services within the community.
We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Individualized Supports and Services
Our Individualized Supports and Services program (ISS) is an independent living setting, allowing an individual who is prepared to can live on their own with minimal supports. Typically, individuals who are supported in ISS apartments opt to have supplemental supports services such as Medicaid Service Coordination and Community Habilitation.