Community Services for Adults & Children
Mill Neck Services was created with a simple premise in mind–to allow Deaf and Hard of Hearing people the same access to employment and community services as their non-disabled peers. As a community-based non-profit agency, Mill Neck Services provides custom designed services tailored to meet an individual’s needs. Long recognized by New York State as a pioneer in service design and delivery, Mill Neck Services’ programs serve as the models for others to follow.
Mill Neck’s Supported Employment programs, along with our Job Development Program for the Deaf, have been cited by NY State Education Department’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) as “Benchmarks in Excellence,” for service delivery. All of Mill Neck Services’ programs receive state funding. Individuals must have ACCES-VR or Office for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) eligibility to receive services. Individuals and families may also self-pay for our services.
Job Development Program
The Job Development Program is a community-based program that aids with job placement and comprehensive job training for Deaf, hard of hearing adults (18 and over) and other people with Disabilities who seek challenging and rewarding careers. Our professionally trained staff provide a link between the Long Island and New York City business communities and the Deaf and hard of hearing applicant. All staff are fluent in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.
- Pre-employment contacts including job interviews
- Job and career counseling
- On-site job training
- Periodic meetings with worker-employee-supervisor
- Communication link between worker and employee
- Sign language instruction for co-workers and supervisors
If you need job assistance, please contact us.
People with multiple disabilities, as well as Deafness, can receive specialized employment services throughout their careers. Supportive employment services assist employees and employers during all phases of the employment relationship. There is no age limit – youths transitioning from high school or college, as well as adults, may benefit from supportive employment services. Employment coordinators work as part of an interdisciplinary team of service coordinators, rehabilitation counselors, habilitation and Direct Service professionals who are all highly trained professionals.
Intensive services during the job search phase are mirrored by continuous support when hired. Services may include sign language interpreting, development of a communications manual, on-site job coaching and periodic retraining. All initial services are free to the employer. Mill Neck Services’ Employment programs are fully accredited under the Social Security Administration as an Employment Network and we participate in the Ticket to Work Program.
Participant and Community Services
Services for People Who Are Deaf, Deaf/Blind, and Hard of Hearing:
Information and Referral
Mill Neck Services is an information source for the community. If we are unable to provide you with the information you need, we will refer you to an agency that can.
Over the years, Mill Neck has spearheaded activities designed to improve accessibility for Deaf and hard of hearing people. Working with community leaders, Mill Neck has been advocating for changes ranging from insurance coverage for hearing aids to the provision of low-cost assistive devices. On a daily basis, in a multitude of ways, we work towards implementation of the ideal–equal access for all.
Services for People Who Are Developmentally Disabled:
Mill Neck Services offers an array of social service programs for people with developmental disabilities. These services are fully accredited by the New York State Office for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Participants in all of the following programs must be Medicaid eligible.
Family Service Non-Medicaid Service Coordination
Because many developmentally disabled adults and children are not eligible for Medicaid-sponsored services, Mill Neck Services works with families to help their loved one gain eligibility. Once eligibility is obtained, participants are referred by OPWDD to a Non-Medicaid Service Coordinator. Services are time-limited and must result in Medicaid enrollment. There is typically a waiting list for this program.
Medicaid Service Coordination
Mill Neck’s Medicaid Service Coordinators work with Participants, family members and advocates to develop an Individual Service Plan. Participants are linked to other services and programs that promote independence and personal growth. The coordinators specialize in Deafness Services and can communicate effectively using American Sign Language with the Deaf and people who are developmentally disabled.
In addition, MNS also serves Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are not Deaf but have communication issues.
Funded by New York State OPWDD, Mill Neck’s Day Habilitation Program helps adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and medical issues and other communication issues to reach their fullest potential. Mill Neck’s day habilitation program provides functional and enjoyable activities that enable people to meet their individual goals and become more independent in their daily living, socialization, communication and leisure activities.
Volunteer work is an integral component of our day habilitation program. As active volunteers, day habilitation participants acquire new skills, develop meaningful relationships, contribute to their communities and build self-confidence.
Mill Neck currently operates four-day habilitation programs on Long Island—one in Hicksville, a center based program, and three that operates “without walls” in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Community Habilitation Services
People with special needs require specialized supports to enable them to live where they would like to live. Living with their families or in their own apartments, people with special needs often need intensive support to help them fulfill their roles in society. Mill Neck’s community habilitation program helps to level the playing field, helping people with special needs to learn, grow and access community services.
One of the most inspiring features of the community habilitation program is that the many of staff the members involved are also Deaf. Because of their interaction with their Deaf staff members, participants have experienced phenomenal personal growth from the program’s inception several years ago.
Program Eligibility: Participants must be waiver enrolled in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid system.
Individual Support Services
As part of this supportive living program for Deaf, developmentally disabled adults, service coordinators and other professionals work with the participant to establish a life plan that enables the participant to continue to live independently in the community. Residential habilitation support and intensive service coordination are just some of the services provided to recipients of supportive living.
MNS offers two respite programs for Participants who are Deaf and hard of hearing.
Sign of the Times Café, a social and recreation program the meets weekly on Wednesday Evenings in Hicksville and every other Saturday for trips into the community. In addition, an Adult Literacy reading program is offered on Thursday evenings, also in Hicksville.
Program Eligibility: Participants must be waiver enrolled in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid system and enrolled in these programs in order to attend.
Individual Support Services
As part of this supportive living program for Deaf, developmentally disabled adults, service coordinators and other professionals work with the participant to establish a life plan that enables the participant to continue to live independently in the community. Community habilitation support and intensive service coordination are just some of the services provided to recipients of supportive living.
For some of our clients, access to just one of the services listed above would prevent them from reaching their full potential. For this reason, Mill Neck’s service providers have developed “Blended Programs” that allow participants to enroll in a variety of programs.