The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver is a Medicaid program that is available to individuals with developmental disabilities with long-term care needs. At the Kelberman Center, we offer waiver services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder through three key programs:
The primary goal of Waiver services is to enable individuals to remain in their current home environment.
Waiver Community Habilitation
Community Habilitation is a program designed to help people with independent living skills at home and in the community. A trained Autism Mentor assists with skill development that enhances independent living. For many people, this can include social skills, travel and transportation, leisure and recreational skills, and developing appropriate behavior at home and in the community.
Autism Mentors are Kelberman Center staff who is hired to provide support and education in learning life skills. The Autism Mentor is supported by a professional team who specialize in autism services and can assist with all aspects of goal development. We are driven by client outcomes, so our work is guided by what each individual wants to accomplish for their own independence in the community.
Waiver Respite services provide an opportunity for families or caregivers to take a break from their caregiving duties. Respite services are available in the individual’s home with a trained Autism Mentor or through programs based in the community. The Kelberman Center offers community-based respite through unique programs such as Awesome Summer Days Camp or other after school and weekend recreation activities.
Waiver Intensive Behavior Services
Intensive Behavioral Services (IBS) at the Kelberman Center is a program designed for individuals with ASD and related developmental disorders who exhibit such severe behaviors that they are at risk of being placed in a more restrictive residential placement, including hospitals and psychiatric placements. The program provides behavior assessments, intervention development, and training for individuals and caregivers to maintain stability within the family home. Intensive Behavioral Services typically last for six months and are paid for through the Medicaid Waiver.
The Kelberman Center is the only IBS provider in the immediate Central New York area. We offer the expertise of PhD level psychologists and behavior specialists within long-standing experience working with individuals with autism and related developmental disorders.
Watch our video to learn how our Home and Community Based Waiver Services work with other programs provided by the Kelberman Center to serve the people we support.
For all Waiver programs, individuals must be at least 3 years old, qualify for OPWDD services, and have ASD or a related developmental disability. The Kelberman Center is able to assist with the referral and authorization process. Please contact Sarah Puskarenko at (315) 797-6241, ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.