Family Support Services (FSS) assist parents, families and caregivers in providing care for their loved ones with developmental disabilities who live full-time in their family home. We provide FSS in the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.
To give caregivers a helping hand, Family Support Services provide a range of services including:
We can help navigate a person’s first step toward receiving the services they want and need. Eligibility funding options, availability of services, and coordination of services can all be discussed with our Intake Coordinator at 518-738-0020 extension 3717.
Programs and services are developed in collaboration with family members, providers, government leaders, advocates and the people we serve.
Commonly Requested Family Support Services
Respite: Respite services provide the family with a temporary break from the constant care required for a family member with developmental disabilities who lives full time in their family home. Respite services may be provided during the day, after school or work, evening and overnight respite out of the family home.
Camp: At Clover Patch Camp, children with special needs get a chance to relax and be themselves in a safe and caring environment. Clover Patch Camp is a fully-accessible summer camp located in Glenville, NY, serving children and adults with various disabilities and medical conditions. The camp offers a wide variety of programs that enhance the lives of campers, including arts and crafts, music, drama, sports, recreation, swimming, nature trail exploration, camp fire activities and community activities.
Recreation: Recreation is a planned program of social, recreational and leisure activities for people with developmental disabilities that include opportunities to interact with and participate as part of a community.
Family Reimbursement: Family Reimbursement provides the possibility of purchasing services and goods that are not funded through any other sources. Application approval is necessary, which includes requested dollar amount.
Advocacy: Advocacy may include information and referral services, outreach, parent networking and service access assistance for individuals and their families. It is possible to make connections with diagnostic, residential, habilitative, educational, vocational, medical and recreational services.
Counseling, Training and Supports: Counseling, training/educational activities and supports may be available for parents, siblings, and care givers, as well as for individuals with developmental disabilities. These services may be helpful for individuals and families who are looking to gain insight, resolve problems, develop alternate approaches to services and to address other issues of concern.
For more information on Family Support Services, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-437-5600.
Center for Disability Services
314 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, New York 12208 • 518-437-5700