Multi-Service Agencies

Great articles about transition issues, including housing, employment, and socialization.  Information about specific adaptations to make housing accessible to people with disabilities.

Racker 1277 Taylor Rd. Owego, NY:  Supports people with disabilities and their families to lead fulfilling lives by providing opportunities to learn and be connected with others.

Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC), 215 Fifth Street, Ithaca, NY  The mission of FLIC is to empower all people with disabilities while creating an inclusive society through the elimination of social and architectural barriers.

Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC), 135 East Frederick St.  Binghamton, NY:  STIC's mission is to shape a world in which people with disabilities are empowered to live fully integrated lives in their communities. We offer assistance, advocacy and services to children and adults with all disabilities, increasing their independence and allowing them to pursue their dreams. We also support their families and friends, as well as businesses, agencies, and governmental entities, enabling them to better meet the needs of people with disabilities. Finally, we educate and influence our community and public policy so that everyone can "Access Their World."

Lifeplan CCO NY Care Management Services

Through LIFEPlan Care Management, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) get help finding, coordinating, and accessing the services they need.  Through close personal support, Care Managers coordinate healthcare, personal services and social supports, disease-related care for chronic conditions, and access to preventative care.  Offices in Broome and Tompkins County.

EPI (Empowering People's Independence):  EPI provides personalized care, education, training, advocacy, and support solutions to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities, epilepsy, and brain injury.  Office located in Binghamton.

Advocates, Inc. Supports children and adults with disabilities and their families with 1:1 mentors/support staff, self-directed community habilitation and self-directed residential supports with a backup mentor service.  We provide family training, family reimbursement for respite, service access, medical advocacy, and family recreation.

Southern Tier Connect 199 State Street Binghamton NY 13901 (607) 376-7526   Southern Tier Connect is the state's smallest Care Coordination Organization, supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across 14 counties in Central and Southern New York.

Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga

Catholic Charities offers a range of services to people with developmental disabilities to assist them in gaining new skills.  These intensive, person-centered services are tailored to each individual.

Community Habilitation: This program helps individuals improve their daily living and social skills, for example, cooking, budgeting and learning to take public transportation.

Pre-Vocational Community-Based Services:  This program arranges unpaid volunteer and community experiences for individuals who would like to build job skills.  Clients learn skills to help them obtain future employment, such as problem-solving, work safety, and good work-place habits. These services are provided to persons not expected to join the general workforce within one year.

Employment Training Program (ETP): The Employment Training Program (ETP) provides opportunities for individuals to gain real work experience through paid internships. Supports provided through ETP include job development, job placement, and job coaching services.  The goal of this service is to assist individuals in eventually obtaining paid employment in the community, earning at least minimum wage.

Supportive Employment (SEMP): The purpose of this service is to assist individuals in maintaining paid employment earning above minimum wage in an integrated setting in the general workforce.  Visits by our staff, which are less frequent than with other employment services, are conducted to assess an individual’s progress toward meeting goals and maintaining employment stability.

ACCES-VR: The purpose of this program is to assist individuals with disabilities in Tompkins and Tioga Counties so that they may achieve and maintain employment, and to support their individual living through education, rehabilitation, and career development. The contact person for both Tompkins and Tioga is Michael Grinage at and the phone number is 607-272-5062.