What is the Open Doors Program?
The Open Doors Program helps people move from institutions, like nursing homes and intermediate care facilities, to a home in the community. The Transition Specialist meets with the individual and/or their family members to identify what services they will need and to help the individual access those services. Those services may include:
- Community Preparedness Education, to make sure that the individual has the information and skills needed when they return to the community.
- Identifying specific services to meet the individual’s needs and assistance with getting those services put in place.
- Finding affordable, accessible housing that meets the individual’s needs.
- Introducing the individual to a Peer Mentor. The Peer Mentor is a person who has lived in an institute and has successfully transitioned into the community. The peer visits the individual while in the institution to share his/her experiences and to help the individual work through real and perceived barriers to community living.
The Transition Specialist is here to create a transition plan that will meet the individual’s needs and to help them move successfully into the community. RCAL‘s Transition Specialist works with individuals who are currently in institutions within Ulster county and who want to live in Ulster county. They will also work with individuals living in an institution outside of Ulster county who would like to return to/live in Ulster county.
For more information about the Open Doors Program, please contact Christine Al-Nazer, Transition Specialist, at 845-331-0541, x 32.