Optum/NYAPRS Relief Effort Aids Displaced Adult Home Residents

Optum/NYAPRS Relief Effort Aids Displaced Adult Home Residents

January 29, 2013

 

Thanks to a timely donation, emergency support is helping adult home residents with psychiatric disabilities in New York City who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy to cope through this crisis.

 

CIAD, a New York City-based advocacy group for adult home residents, is using the funds to hire and train ex-residents to provide a range of service to their peers, including:

  • Identifying displaced homeless residents and assisting them to locate and transition to more independent supportive housing
  • Providing crisis support and counseling to displaced adult home residents
  • Helping to advocate for residents with staff in temporary shelters
  • Helping residents to apply for emergency FEMA benefits

 

The funds were made possible through a contribution from Optum, the organization that manages New York City’s behavioral health Medicaid program, who enlisted the aid of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) to develop the project.