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RISE is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1980 as Aid To The Developmentally Disabled (ADD) by family members who were concerned about the physical and emotional decline of patients compelled to live in crowded institutions. These family members believed that appropriate treatment and training in a warm, sheltered, homelike environment would enhance their physical and emotional growth. With the support, funding and licensing of New York State’s Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Office of Mental Health (OMH), ADD came to life.

In March of 1984, we opened our first residential program in the hamlet of Northville, in Riverhead Long Island. As a result of the initial success, ADD rapidly grew into a multi-service organization providing residential programs, supported apartments, clinical supports and case management services for the developmentally disabled, mentally ill and dual diagnosed adults. In 2018 ADD was rebranded to RISE Life Services to better reflect the scope and mission of the services the organization now provides. Today RISE operates thirty two homes, and four programs: IRA, ICF, MH, PWW.


We, believe that all individuals have the right, to the extent of their ability, to live in the community and enjoy the benefits and amenities of living in society.

Our purpose is to recognize and identify the special needs of the mentally and developmentally disabled persons and to provide them with a superior professional system of care and services in a homelike environment.

Our residences offer improved services and innovative programming and treatment techniques so that each resident may be given the opportunity to:

  • Develop active daily living skills
  • Develop creatively, motivated by the need and desire for self-improvement.
  • Develop interpersonal relationships that promote social trust and personal growth.
  • Live in dignity in a minimally restricted setting so as to enable them to function independently and constructively.

In-Home Service Provided

  • Behavior Intervention
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Nursing Services
  • Social Services
  • Nutritional Guidance
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Twenty-four Hour Supervision

Community Services

RISE contracts with professional facilities in the community to provide medical, dental, and other related services to its residents.  RISE conforms to the New York State regulations by making arrangements for its residents to attend appropriate day treatment or day training centers for up to 30 hours per week.