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Our Mental Health Program

What do we do in our Mental Health (MH) Program? The Mental Health program consists of four levels of housing with varying staff supports. Our Treatment Congregate program and Dually Diagnosed programs offer the people we serve 24-hour a day staffing. The participants live with 8-9 other people. Support, training, and assistance in activities of daily living such as shopping, cooking, money management, medication management, use of community services, and independent living skills are provided by trained staff. Rent includes food,...

RISE Life Times: Fishing 101

Fishing 101 A RISE Life Times Series Blog   Do you want to go fishing?  One of our editors, Michael Baumann, loves to go fishing. It’s his favorite thing to do. Today, he’s sharing his tips on preparing to go, along with where to head out with your equipment. Michael is from Center Moriches. He enjoys fishing on his dad’s boat, which is kept at a marina in Eastport. His dad’s boat named, The Other Woman, is equipped with a cabin, a bedroom and...

RISE Life Times: Silent Disabilities

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover A RISE Life Times Series Blog One of our editors, Rachel, shared her concern over recent events out shopping one day with her fellow housemates. She noted the behaviors of the people around them as they walked through the mall. One of the women in Rachel’s group has Down Syndrome and people were staring at her. Rachel watched carefully at the way they responded. She also realized that most times people don’t treat her fairly,...

Introducing RISE Life Times

RISE Life Services is thrilled to introduce to you the first-ever blog that is written and edited by the residents and individuals participating in programs at RISE. The blog series is appropriately titled, RISE Life Times. RISE Life Times will be published at least once per month and share a variety of topics. We will cover news and updates from the programs at RISE. However, the editorial team will be sharing tips and ‘How To’ articles about their favorite things, as...

Resident Spotlight: Richard Barros-Sierra’s Progress

Richard Barros-Sierra, a resident at RISE’s Calverton ICF. He is also one of the first participants to join RISE’s day program without walls called, The Main Street Connection.  Richard has shown incredible growth in his interests and participation since he began at day program. Megan Kolsch, Quality Improvement Director at RISE, shared her observations and updates about Richard with us because his story is definitely one of success. She shared that back in 2016 when she first met Richard, he was...

Meet the Staff: Danille Cornwell

RISE Life Services has an amazing team of people, who make a powerful and positive difference every day in people’s lives.  We’d like you to meet our staff members and learn more about them. This week, we introduce you to Danille Cornwell, residential counselor. What is your role at RISE? A. Residential counselor When did you start with our organization? A. Right before my birthday, July 18th What is your favorite part of working here? A. Learning about psychiatric disorders and medications as well as treatment...

Meet the Staff: Holli Lemmon

RISE Life Services has an amazing team of people, who make a powerful and positive difference every day in people’s lives.  We’d like you to meet our staff members and learn more about them. This week, we introduce you to Holli Lemmon, residential counselor. We interviewed Holli to help you get to know her better. What is your role at RISE? A. Residential Counselor When did you start with our organization? A. I started in February...

What is the Mental Health Program?

The Mental Health (MH) program consists of four levels of housing with varying staff supports. Our Treatment Congregate program and Dually Diagnosed programs offer the people we serve 24-hour a day staffing. The participants live with 8-9 other people. Support, training, and assistance in activities of daily living such as shopping, cooking, money management, medication management, use of community services, and independent living skills are provided by trained staff. Rent includes food, furnishings, maintenance, and repairs, as well as other incidental...

What is the ICF Program?

The ICF (Intermediate Care Facilities) Program at Rise Life Services is comprised of residential homes located throughout the East End of Long Island.  This program is supported by OPWDD (Office of People with Developmental Disabilities) and caters to men and women, over 21 years of age, who are diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability and potentially diagnosed with a comorbid diagnosis.  Each residence is Supervised 24/7 by staff who are committed to the individual’s they serve. Overall, our ICF’s serve individuals who...

What is the IRA Program?

RISE’s IRA program, licensed by the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), opened its first IRA residences in December of 1994. RISE currently operates twelve IRA residences. One of them is our Geriatric IRA in Greenport. Nine of these IRAs are supervised (staff available 24/7) and two are Supportive IRAs (staff available when needed). RISE’s IRA program serves individuals, both male and female, over 21 years of age, who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities and who function within the severe to...

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