Urban Center for the Developmentally Disabled

Urban Resource Institute (URI)’s Urban Center for the Developmentally Disabled (UCDD) provides one-on-one job counseling, training, placement, and job-site coaching services for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities, giving them the tools to be productive, develop self-confidence, and build independence. UCDD continues URI’s commitment to serving individuals who have “aged out” of special education, and we are dedicated to providing transitional and supported employment opportunities and resources for adult students.

The UCDD program is contracted with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and works closely with New York State Adult Career and Continuing Education Services.

We help program participants develop job skills, provide travel training that teaches them to navigate the transit system, and, through our relationships with employers and retailers in the local community and throughout New York City, arrange appropriate job-placement opportunities.

As part of our job-placement program, our job coaches make site visits and serve as liaisons with employers to monitor progress and provide feedback and support. This ongoing job-site support reduces workplace barriers and challenges for the adult students we serve and increases job retention, which benefits employers and improves job stability for our clients. Eligible participants receive a daily stipend to subsidize lunch costs and to assist with transportation to and from the work site. Positions our students have been placed in include nurse’s aide, clerical assistant, receptionist, fast food utility worker, cashier, and more.

Intermediate Care Facilities and Individualized Residential Alternatives

Urban Resource Institute (URI) manages two types of residential services for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities: the intermediate care facilities and an individualized residential alternative.

URI’s intermediate care facilities provide recipients with full-service, around-the-clock care, support, and supervision by expert staff in a home-like independent setting. URI operates two intermediate care facilities: the Linden House ICF and the Beny J. Primm Residence, both located in Queens. Together, these two residences provide services for men and women diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Direct support professionals, qualified health professionals, and other members of the team work together to ensure the safety and well-being of each individual.

URI’s individualized residential alternative, the Ferndale House, provides around-the-clock residential care for adult men and women diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program, also located in Queens, provides individuals with personalized attention, opportunities for independent living, and the chance to participate in a wide range of activities. Individualized service options are provided in a supportive environment by direct support professionals, qualified health professionals, and Medicaid service coordinators.

All URI residences offer person-centered planning and care coordination as well as a wide variety of services, including transportation to and from day programs; community integration and recreational activities; nutritional, occupational, and physical therapies; and speech services. These residential facilities are certified by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and have specially trained employees assigned to them 24 hours a day.

URI ensures that these homes are held to the highest standards in order to provide the safest and most comfortable setting for individuals served. Appropriate individual-to-staff ratios are maintained to provide each individual with the proper attention and support that their plan of care dictates. Under the direct supervision of a licensed health care professional, direct support professionals are trained and certified to administer medication to individuals or to assist individuals to gain the skills to administer their own medication. Each individual is given sufficient living space and furnishings, including a single or double bedroom and access to a variety of common living areas. To ensure that all nutritional needs are met, a licensed dietician plans all meals, which are prepared by the individuals with the help of direct support individuals.

Each person also receives individualized attention from an interdisciplinary team of professionals who create unique programs for him/her. Onsite monitoring and monthly meetings of Incident Review and Human Rights Committees ensure that individuals receive quality care. In addition to individual program planning, recreational activities are scheduled year-round for residents. All residents also participate daily, Monday through Friday, in either vocational training, day habilitation, or a day treatment program.

Over time, the intermediate care facilities will be converted to individualized residential alternatives, as per OPWDD requirements.

Our Partners*

*represents FY16 only