Recreation Services

This program offers activities for individuals of all ages.  The goals of the program include not only enjoyment of leisure time and respite, but also socialization and integration within the community. The staff creatively seek activities that broaden the participants’ experience and further their goals in areas like social and life skills. It is a social program assisting people in small group situations with their leisure pursuits within the community.  Independent access of the community is the goal, but staff can assist individuals so that they may participate in this service. People can select from the recreation offerings and choose the ones they want to enjoy.


The program is open to all OPWDD eligible individuals.  We serve people from across the life span in a variety of settings.  Some of the more formal services include Saturday Recreation and GAP for school aged people.  The GAP program meets in the  daytime during school vacations and is a service for families without other options for these school breaks. Adult Respite and Adult Recreation serve individuals over the age of 18 living in their family home.  


Throughout  the Capital District.

For more information, please contact Lisa Liopiris, Director of Recreation/Respite at or 518.640.3364 

Family Supports

Family Support Services are designed for individuals who are OPWDD eligible and living at home with family members. The services can last for as long as desired or needed. In addition to benefiting the individual, the programs are also meant to assist the family members and/or caregivers. This includes the following areas:

  • Information and referrals
  • Educational/informational workshops
  • Support groups for individuals receiving services or their family members
  • Counseling services
  • Therapeutic yoga services for individuals and groups
  • Case management and benefit supports for those who are not OPWDD eligible
  • In-Home Behavior Support services
  • Reimbursement for respite and goods and services. Click here for Family Reimbursement forms and information

For questions or referrals related to any of the other services listed above, please contact:


Family Support Services Brochures


Family Support Services
In-Home Behavior Support
Social Relationships and Sexuality Education


In-Home Respite

This support is provided within the family home to offer parents or caregivers a short break from caring for their loved one. An In-Home Respite professional can provide companionship, social skills experience or help with a task or hobby.


People of any age, OPWDD eligible and who live with a parent or caregiver.

Often this service is one-to-one, and designed to fit  the family's schedule and can be provided seven days a week.  Services are provided at minimum for two hours a day.


Albany, Southern Saratoga, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties. 


Community Habilitation

This support  is provided within the home and community to help the people  attain and maintain their independence. Skill-building focused activities may include trips into the community for recreation, cultural appreciation, social interaction or a focus on accomplishing everyday tasks.


Individuals, 13 years and older, who are OPWDD eligible and who live with their family, in a Residential Setting, or Independently are eligible.  Often this service is one-to-one, and designed to fit the individual’s schedule and can be provided up to seven days a week.  Services are provided at minimum for two hours a day.  


Albany, Southern Saratoga, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties.

For more information, please contact Heather Giorgianni, Director of Community and Individualized Supports at or 518.640.3315


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