Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation

On June 1st, ACCES VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Vocational Rehabilitation) and DSPA (Disability Service Providers of America) officially formed an important alliance to strengthen, through focused and targeted national policies and legislation, the effectiveness of direct-service provider organizations to promote and enhance the education, employment opportunities and independent living of individuals with disabilities. The ACCSES-DSPA Alliance shall represent both the American Congress of Community Support & Employment Services and Disability Service Providers of America on legislative and regulatory issues.

The New York State Association of Day Service Providers

The vision of the New York State Association of Day Service Providers is to help provider members develop quality community-based vocational, volunteer, educational and social activities that maximizes each participants personal growth and enriches their life experience. This is achieved through inter-agency collaboration, advocacy, training and innovation. The ACCSES-DSPA Alliance shall represent both the American Congress of Community Support & Employment Services and Disability Service Providers of America on legislative and regulatory issues.

New York State Industries for the Disabled

The New York State Education Department is part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States.

American Speech Language and Hearing Organization

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 186,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

NYS Office of Mental Health

New York State has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 4,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs.

National Council for Behavioral Health

National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with 2,800 member organizations, it serves more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addictions. The organization is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. Mental Health First Aid has trained more than 600,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.

NYS Office of People with Disabilities

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for more than 128,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 750 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.

Rockland Board of Cooperative Educational Services

Rockland BOCES delivers educational programs for students with special needs, teens interested in career and technical training, adult learners preparing for new job opportunities and educators seeking to upgrade their professional skills.

NYS Department of Labor

In coordination with NYS Department of Labor, Jawonio gives equal opportunities for people to join the workforce. Learn more via their website.

Rockland County Voluntary Organizations Assisting in Disasters

Learn about various volunteer opportunities available through the Rockland County Office for the Aging and related agencies: HIICAP 845-364-2118 Rockland County’s Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) provides information, education and counseling about Medicare and other health insurances. Volunteers receive training under the auspices of the State Health Insurance Counseling Program. Chore Service 845-634-2024 The Chore Service needs volunteers to help Rockland County senior citizens and people with disabilities remain safe and secure in their homes. (RSVP) Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 845-356-6818 If you are over 55, planning the next phase of your life and you believe the joy and fulfillment of volunteering could play a part. Foster Grandparent Program 845-353-2835 Mentor a student with special needs and earn a stipend.

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS)

NYAPRS is a statewide coalition of people who use and/or provide recovery oriented community based mental health services. We value difference and promote cultural competence in all aspects of our work. NYAPRS is dedicated to improving services and social conditions for people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses, and those with trauma-related conditions by promoting their recovery, rehabilitation and rights so that all people can participate freely in the opportunities of society.

Rockland County Department of Social Services (DSS)

The Rockland County Department of Social Services (DSS) offers a wide range of eligibility programs and services to families and individuals to assist them in meeting their basic needs for food, shelter and medical care. We also offer a broad range of support services, including services to strengthen family life, prevent family disruption, promote individual functioning and keep families together; temporary placement in foster homes, group homes or institutions; and services to help the elderly or disabled remain in their own home.

Cerebral Palsy of NYS

Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS), a multi-service organization with 23 Affiliates, was founded nearly sixty years ago by families of children with cerebral palsy, and has become a nationally recognized leader in the care and treatment of people with many different types of disabilities. Together, our more than 15,000 employees provide services to over 65,000 people with disabilities, and their families, all across New York State. CP of NYS conducts legislative activities that give our Affiliates, consumers and their families a voice in State Government and works with the State of New York to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. Our Affiliates provide a wide variety of programs including: – Community Living Opportunities – Day Habilitation Services – Early Intervention, Preschool and School-Age Special Education – Family Support Services including Respite programs,helping thousands of families care for a loved one with a disability

Rockland County Department of Social Services (DSS)

The Rockland County Department of Mental Health is both a provider of behavioral health services and, as the Local Governmental Unit (LGU), is the lead agency in the Rockland County Local Services system of behavioral health care. As a provider of services to the citizens of Rockland County, the Department of Mental Health is licensed by NYS Department of Health and the NYS Office of Mental Health. Services are coordinated with other behavioral health, health and social service agencies as required. The mission of the Department is to ensure and oversee delivery of high quality, comprehensive, person-centered and recovery oriented services for persons in the Rockland community with mental illness, developmental disabilities and chemical dependence. These services will be provided in an ethical, courteous, timely, safe, culturally competent and cost effective manner. The role of RCDMH is to insure that no client falls through the safety net, which is especially critical today given the many changes occurring in the health care delivery systems. As the LGU, the Department is responsible for the planning, coordination, administration and budgetary oversight of a comprehensive and integrated service delivery system in which County, State and Voluntary not-for-profit agencies deliver mental health, developmental disabilities and chemical dependency services. The agencies are funded, regulated and/or licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and/or Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The Mental Hygiene Law governs the delivery of services provided. In addition, each Office has a set of regulations by which programs under its auspices must be in compliance.


For more than 30 years, NYSID – a not-for-profit member agency organization – has been meeting the purchasing needs of state and local government agencies while advancing employment for New Yorkers with disabilities. Under the New York State Preferred Source Program, NYSID acts as a “virtual storefront” for a statewide network of 147 community rehabilitation agencies that employ skilled people with disabilities in both facility-based settings and community-based jobs. Through more than 1000 contracts that bring work to NYS communities, NYSID member agencies deliver quality goods and services at OGS-approved prices to fulfill individual government agency missions. In Fiscal Year 2005 alone, 3.2 million hours of work were performed by more than 6,215 people with disabilities, earning them over $32 million in wages. Everyone benefits from Preferred Source purchasing: NYS government purchasers get the goods and services they need without costly, time-consuming bidding. NYSID workers with disabilities throughout the state acquire marketable skills through productive jobs and wages that promote self-esteem and financial independence. New York State gains from reduced public assistance as disabled workers become economically independent and increased government tax revenues from employed vs. dependent individuals.

Westchester Department of Community Mental Health

The Department of Community Mental Health plans, oversees and coordinates services for individuals – and their families – with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation

The New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation (New York Alliance) envisions a society where individuals with disabilities are contributing citizens with equal rights and the ability to live full, productive and meaningful lives. Their Mission is to serve as a catalyst for positive change and leading resource for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the organizations supporting them. We do this through: • Advocacy • Education & Training • Technical Assistance & Practice Improvement • Advancing Sound Public Policy

Westchester County Office for the Disabled

When it comes to providing opportunities to people with disabilities, the Westchester County Office for the Disabled is committed to doing everything it can.

Orange County Department of Health

The mission of the Orange County Health Department is to monitor, protect and promote public health within the framework of the New York State Public Health law.

The Community Planning Council of Yonkers

A planning and coordinating agency for family and community development.


LIFEPlan CCO NY is a parent-led Care Coordination Organization serving a 38-county region in New York State. With our size and experience – and a personal touch – we’re connecting our members to the support they need to live full, meaningful lives. LIFEPlan strives to be more than just another CCO. We’re dedicated to helping our members live the life they choose, while allowing their loved ones to focus on the joys of family and parenting without worrying about care. We offer choice and stability to our members, upholding our core values of Person-Centered Services and Support, Community Inclusion and Participation, and Independence and Self Direction. Through close, personal support, we deliver: Improved outcomes through care coordination including healthcare, personal and social supports Improved disease-related care for chronic conditions Improved access to preventative care Visit their website for more detailed information.

Westchester Employment Network

The Westchester County Department of Human Resources posts a list of current job openings each week. These openings are posted for a specific period (usually 10 business days), after which they will no longer appear on our Web site. Applications must be sent no later than the “Post Until” date to the person specified on the job posting.

Hudson Valley Service Providers

Hudson Valley Service Providers, LLC (HVSP) is a group of 22 Hudson Valley agencies who provide quality, community-based support for people, and their families, with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Who We Are While we are separate and distinct organizations, we share a commitment to quality services, the right for people with disabilities to have choices in their lives, and the need for Hudson Valley agencies to effectively collaborate wherever, and whenever possible. Our History Hudson Valley Service Providers (HVSP) was formed in 2016 to provide advocacy, offer collaboration and support to individuals with disabilities, their circle of support and the organizations who provide services throughout the Hudson Valley region. The 22 agencies that are members of HVSP share the goal to ensure that each of the 4,500 people who participate in services provided by our organizations and their supports have a voice, choice and advocacy allowing them to live rich and full lives.



Every year Jawonio receives awards for excellence in service. We are grateful for receiving these honors and awards from both a local and state level.

October 2017

Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS recognized Jawonio with their prestigious Program Innovation Award for continuous efforts of innovate services to meet the changing needs of families with disabilities, (and in particular) our integration of behavioral health services across all program areas. Staff Recognition Awards for outstanding work at Jawonio were awarded to the following individuals: Karen TaffuriMarc Francois, Isabel Newmeyer

September 2017

Joe Zweig, PROS Program Director, was honored with the inaugural Rena Finkelstein Catalyst for Change Award for his significant contribution to the community to significantly improve the lives of individuals and their families facing mental health challenges.

August 2017

The Jawonio PROmiSe (PROS) Behavioral Health Recovery Program was honored as “Provider of the Month” by the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) for excellence in recovery and rehabilitation, and for the integration of mental health services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The PROS curriculum is being featured on the NYAPRS Clearinghouse as a resource for other providers.

June 2017

Jawonio was honored as “Business Leader of the Year” by Leadership Rockland for the close to seventy years of services we’ve provided to individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and chronic medical conditions.

May 2017

Jill Warner, CEO was honored with the Veritas Award for exemplary leadership throughout her career in the disabilities field at Dominican College’s 63rd Annual Commencement Ceremony.

April 2017

Jerry Staller, Division Director of Education and Clinical Services, was honored with the Phyllis Helbraun Award by Childcare Resources of Rockland for his many years of distinguished service to children with disabilities and their families.

January 2017

Nate Weissman, who works in the Jawonio Facilities Department was honored by the Town of Ramapo for his years of service in providing cultural understanding and translation services.

November 2016

Christine Curley, Jawonio House Manager was honored by the Touching Bases Baseball League as Coach of the Year for her dedication and support in coaching her team of players.

October 2016

Four Jawonio staff members were honored for their outstanding dedication and performance as Jawonio employees by the Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS: Paul Sorriento, Payroll Coordinator Sue Hunter, LPB IRA House Manager Katherine Keating, Job Developer Danielle Leone, Pre-School Teacher Aide

September 2016

The Jawonio Cleaning Company was honored with the Rockland County Department of Social Services “Spirit Award” for their exemplary services provided to the DSS building at the Robert Yeager Office Complex in Pomona. Joan Silvestri, DSS Commissioner noted how staff morale has improved dramatically since the Jawonio team has been working in the building.

August 2016

Jawonio was honored by the American Heart Association with the Tri-County Platinum Award for Healthy Workplaces for our health initiatives in heart health, fitness, nutrition, smoking cessation, and more.