Our focus is in providing services to individuals in the seven counties of the Hudson Valley Region with epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and other developmental disabilities.

OUR SERVICES and programs are provided in New York State and include Service Coordination, Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Family Support, Home and Community Based Waiver Program, Independent Living Skills Training, Education and Training, and Vocational Services. It is our goal to assist all individuals who have a developmental disability in obtaining their optimal growth potential.

WITH OFFICES in Middletown in Orange County, as well as our main office in West Nyack in Rockland County, we are ideally situated to serve all seven lower New York counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester as well as Northern New Jersey.

Our goal is to improve one's quality of life and assist in reaching each person's optimal level of independence. Our services are provided in one's own home and within their community. These services include:

Service Coordination

Capabilities provides service coordination to individuals diagnosed with epilepsy, otherMother and sun sunset developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. It is our goal to improve the quality of life of these individuals by providing the needed supports for optimal independence by:

  • Providing advocacy and support to alleviate stress in the home
  • Meeting with the individual and/or family to assist the person in navigating the service system such as Social Security, Department of Social Services, Medicaid, Medicare, OPWDD eligibility, DOH TBI waiver and ACCES-VR, etc. to make the necessary referrals
  • Identifying Respite Information
  • Locating social and recreational opportunities
  • Assisting the individual/family by providing access to one or more of the following programs:
    • Medicaid Service Coordination
    • Home and Community Based Waiver
    • Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Program
    • Family Support Programs (Includes non-Medicaid service coordination and Counseling)
    • Family Empowerment Fund

Each program has eligibility requirements for enrollment. Our programs are governed by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Department of Health (DOH).

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Consumer Independence
Including Independent Living Skills Training (ILST)

Community Integration is a service approved through OPWDD's Home and Community Based Waiver Program and Independent Living Skills Training is through DOH’s Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Program.

The aim of these programs is to teach independent living skills through an individualized plan of desired goals, including consideration of the following:

  • Community Integration
  • Budgeting
  • Organization
  • Food Preparation
  • Other tasks that help the person become independent in their living environment
  • This training may take place in the home, or through our specially designed Structured Day Program in our Program Center

All of our training is done in a practical, real-life environment, in the person’s own home and includes; food preparation, basic organization and planning, budgeting and financial issues.

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Vocational Services

Competitive and Supportive Employment programs prepare, support and assist potential employees with epilepsy and other disabilities to secure community employment. Capabilities provides employers with a competent, reliable workforce without cost.

Job Development/ Placement/ Supported work
What is Capabilities Employment Program?

What Do We Offer?

Supported Employment

Capabilities provides intensive supported employment supports to individuals with a most significant disability. CPI staff assist consumers in achieving their vocational goals and maintaining success and stability in the workforce.

Pre-Vocational Supports

  • resume and cover letter development
  • interview skills training
  • job search assistance
  • social skills and “soft skills” training
  • assistance in application submission
  • guidance in follow up to employers
  • arrange interviews
  • goal clarification
  • skill assessment

On-Site Supports

  • on site job coaching/on site training
  • implement accommodations and assist in utilization of natural supports
  • provide education (to consumer or employer as needed)
  • assist in consumer integration at the workplace

Extended Services

Follow along services provided including several on-site visits per month to consumer and contacts with employer

  • assist consumer with job retention skills
  • problem resolution
  • advocacy
  • assist in maintaining success in the workplace
  • through OPWDD SEMP and ACCESS-VR Extended Services

ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education – Vocational Rehabilitation) Core Rehabilitation Services (CRS):

  • Supported Employment
  • Job Placement Services (Competitive Performance Based Placement)
  • Work Readiness Services (Soft Skills Curriculum Training/Groups)
  • Assessment Services – Community Based Workplace Assessment
  • http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/do/home.html

OPWDD (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities) Services:

SEMP – Supported Employment/Supported Work (long term supports)

ETP - Employment Training Program

Pathways to Employment Program


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Counseling is provided by staff social workers to individuals and families. Various therapeutic interventions are used in the course of treatment.

Education and Training

Epilepsy Education

GalThe Education Department of CPI provides a wide variety of services aimed at communicating knowledge of epilepsy in a manner that is easily accessible to everyone. Our training includes up to date multimedia information with videos, overheads, and handouts.

Presentations include:

  • Recognizing a seizure and appropriate first aid for school organizations, bus drivers and monitors, and camp and park facilities
  • Information for corporations, agencies, and other non-profits
  • Medications, psychosocial, and family issues for nurses, psychologists, and counselors

Our commitment to epilepsy education also includes:

  • Consumer Advisory Council events and publications
  • Professional Advisory Board seminars and treatment updates
  • Volunteer programs
  • Kids-On-The-Block Bunraku style puppet shows
  • Regular adult epilepsy support groups
  • Information and referral services available
  • Community Integration Counseling

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Structured Day Program

CPI’s Structured Day Program mission is intended to afford individuals with TBI the opportunity to engage in meaningful life activities and increasing their self-esteem. The program will also encourage participant strengths, knowledge and talents to enhance/educate other members of the group. The program will provide support in all participants’ activities with the goal of increasing social and communicative skills.

We are approved to serve seven counties in the Hudson Valley Region, including Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Westchester, Ulster, Putnam and Sullivan.

What do we offer?

Current Structured Day Program Schedule

The TBI Structured Day Program has been developed by the staff and participating individuals. This program is geared towards increasing independent living skills in both an in-house and community based setting. We will provide the following:

Community Integration

  • Personal shopping
  • Trips to parks
  • Sporting events
  • Trips to restaurants
  • Volunteerism

Computer Skills

  • Learn how to use a computer
  • Internet and various programs
  • Typing skills
  • Internet Safety

Cooking and Household Skills

  • Learn how to prepare a meal
  • Learn how to do laundry


  • Gain meaningful relationships with peers
  • Meet new people in the community


  • Reading and writing skills
  • Budgeting and math skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Following a schedule and directions

Exercise Opportunities

  • Dance and aerobics
  • Participate in Sports
  • Access to local parks
  • Wii Fit

Health and Safety Training

  • Emergency training
  • Safety in the community

If you are interested in learning more about the Structured Day Program, please contact Tommy Fiore at 845-627-0627, ext.147 or Erin Drury, ext. 157.

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