Programs and Services for People with Disabilities
Rockland County government aims to fulfill its mission for all residents, including those with physical and mental disabilities: We shall serve the people of Rockland County well by providing needed services in a high quality, ethical, courteous, timely and cost-effective manner.
County Services for People with Disabilities
Information Rockland (InfoRock)
Information Rockland is your connection to health and human services in Rockland County. Contact InfoRock at 845-364-2020 from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, to speak with operators who can help you find the information you need. TTY, TeleBraille, or VCO users should dial 1-800-662-1220 for NY Relay operator assistance.
The Information Rockland website includes an online service directory that you can use to find local resources. Please be sure to see their Population Groups page for resource listings devoted to specific groups, including People with Disabilities.
Rockland County Departments
Many County departments provide services for people with disabilities. Please see the related departments in the left hand column to be directed to the home page of specific County departments.
Listed below are some of the most frequently requested County programs and services for people with disabilities:
CHORE is a program provided through the Rockland County Office for the Aging that offers FREE, simple household repairs for people with disabilities and seniors.
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS investigates allegations of unlawful discriminatory practices related to housing, employment and public accommodation.
COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD is an advisory board for people with mental illness, people with developmental disabilities and people with chemical dependence. It is a board of the County Department of Mental Health.
EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM is a statewide program administered by the County Department of Health which provides free therapeutic and support services for children with special needs who are younger than three years old.
MEDICAID applications for extended care needs of seniors and for individuals who require long-term care for chronic conditions and disabilities are processed through the Department of Social Services.
PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN'S PROGRAM assists families with physically handicapped children under 21 in coordinating appropriate services for the child. The program is administered by the Department of Health.
RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES can be found through the County Department of Mental Health.
T.R.I.P.S. is a curbside-to-curbside bus service for Rockland County residents who are physically or mentally disabled or senior citizens who find it difficult to use fixed route bus service. T.R.I.P.S. is run by the Rockland County Department of Transportation.
People with limited mobility or special needs can enroll in the Rockland County Special Needs Registry, so that emergency personnel are aware of your needs, or the needs of someone you care for, in the event of an emergency.
Why should you register?
- To receive individual notification when an evacuation has been ordered
- To alert local emergency personnel of your individual considerations
- To allow emergency responders an opportunity to plan and be prepared
If you believe you, or someone you care for, is unable to independently act upon emergency protective orders, please register at:
Special Needs Registry - Rockland County
Two additional emergency registries that you should consider are Orange and Rockland's Life Support Equipment (LSE) Program and NY-Alert
Sign Language Interpreter Directory
The Office for the Aging, in consultation with the Rockland County Task Force for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, created and maintains a Sign Language Interpreter Directory for Rockland County. This directory is intended to help you find the sign language interpreter that will best meet your needs.
In addition to providing contact information, service areas, and credentials for each of the interpreters listed, the directory also provides general information and links to help you understand the important considerations in hiring and working with a sign language interpreter.
Do you need help protecting your rights or obtaining services to which you may be entitled? If so, the Rockland Independent Living Center (RILC) may be able to help you.
The RILC is a not-for-profit agency serving all individuals with or affected by disabilities. It is one of 37 Independent Living Centers in New York State helping to promote Independent Living philosophy which champions CONSUMER empowerment and controls. This includes all areas of life; education, recreation, employment, housing and community involvement.
If you need assistance, or would like to learn more, please visit their website at www.rilc.org or call (845) 624-1366.
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