The success of our agency is based on the collaboration of three entities:
First, the heart of our agency: our clients, their families & advocates.
Second, our guide and funding source: the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (NYS OPWDD) with our local office here at Finger Lakes DDSO.
Last, at your service: Trinity Assistance, a not for profit voluntary agency serving people with developmental disabilities with their choices in mind. We help people with developmental disabilities work toward fulfilling their goals and dreams.
In 2003, Trinity Assistance was born when a group of people (direct care staff, clinical staff, administrators, people with developmental disabilities and families) who shared a passion for providing individualized services and had firsthand experience working with, caring for and assisting people with developmental disabilities began to see a gap in services. It seemed that with growth, most of services lost their vision. “Individualized” became “homogenized”. “Independence” was overshadowed by protection. “Integration” never fully emerged and “Productivity” meant life in a workshop or a few days a month of volunteer work instead of earning a fair wage. Members from Trinity Assistance's board of directors sought out guidance from the FLDDSO to assist them in achieving Trinity’s Mission- to provide personalized, innovative programs designed in partnership with individuals with developmental disabilities; recognizing both their individual choices and common interests and Trinity’s Vision to be recognized by the community and its partners as a world class organization and a premier provider.
Trinity Assistance has a growing number of people with developmental disabilities participating in Self-Directed Services through Self Determination, a self-directed waiver program. This is one of the ways Trinity Assistance provides the individualized services to the clients that we serve. With this service, individuals are more independent, and they can pursue a life plan chosen by them and their Circle of Support. Trinity’s Self Determination Program includes a Fiscal Intermediary Service for Self-Directed Services.
Trinity Assistance also opened the first of its kind, Free Standing Medical Respite that provides care for individuals with developmental disabilities who are “aging out” of high school. Known as the Putting People First Respite Program, the center provides an alternative to in-home care for people with developmental disabilities who also have complex medical needs. Trinity Assistance in collaboration with FLDDSO, clients, their families and advocates, designed this respite service that provides an immediate, time-limited break for families or caregivers who are unable to provide care to their loved ones during day time working hours. The goal of our respite program is to assist families in their ability to cope with daily responsibilities, maintain stability and avoid crisis. Skilled nursing services include but are not limited to respiratory care, nutrition, social services, and recreation.
With the self-directed services on the rise, Trinity is well prepared for these coming changes.
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