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Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers offers programs in Buffalo and Erie County to assist individuals with a mental illness or developmental disability. Call for information about the following services or see the agency Web site at

Case Management Services: regular visitation, advocacy, service linkages and follow-up for adults 18 and older. Supportive to intensive services are based on individual need. Call 885-2393.

Residential Services: licensed group homes, supportive apartments and a support housing program. Services include daily living skills training, medication management, crisis intervention, service linkages and follow-up. Call 852-5065.

"Do Drop In" Social Club, 292 High St.: night and weekend peer support, meals and activities for adults 18 and older. Call 882-4637 after 4 p.m. or 885-2393 daytime.

Senior Day Training Program, 76 Orange St.: promotes quality of life for mentally ill or developmentally disabled adults ages 50 and older. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individual service planning, group activities, community outings, transportation, hot lunch daily. Call 856-0363.

Medicaid Service Coordination: linkages provided for health, vocational, social and other community services. Home visits, advocacy and follow-up. Open to adults with developmental disabilities ages 18 and older. Also provides financial assistance for families caring for a child with a developmental disability. Call 885-2393.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, 452 Delaware Ave., offers these programs:

Community settings for individuals with developmental disabilities. Housing, habilitation, employment, budgeting, parenting and senior citizens programs are provided to facilitate independent living. Individualized case management services and a referral hotline (Project COACH) coordinate services and provide information. Call 883-8888.

Project SAFE (a service to survivors of domestic violence), a confidential shelter, offers families the safety and support they need in a time of crisis through a comprehensive program of counseling, advocacy and social work services. Call 877-1111, Ext. 25.

Dual diagnosis programs include assertive community treatment for individuals who have a developmental disability with challenging behaviors and individuals who have developmental and mental illness. Call 883-8888, Ext. 183.

Day habilitation program to provide structured, highly individualized day services for people who have been unsuccessful in other day programs because of challenging behavior or the symptoms of their dual diagnosis. Call 883-8888, Ext. 183.

Lake Shore Behavioral Health provides mental health and chemical dependency services to individuals in Erie County. Programs are located in Buffalo, Lackawanna and southern Erie County. All services are available in English and Spanish. Call 884-0888 for information on the following services:

Mental health clinic and continuing day treatment programs.

Addiction recovery service.

Vocational training and job placement services.

Intensive psychiatric rehabilitation services.

Specialized services include: homeless services, case management, services to mentally ill chemical abusers and peer services.

People Inc. agency provides:

Family Care Program, a residential alternative to individuals with developmental disabilities to benefit from a family environment. For information, call 634-8132.

Weekend Respite Program, from 6 p.m to midnight Friday and Saturday. For information, call 634-4843.

Placement Program, which provides vocational counseling, employment skill preparation and training for people with disabilities that have made it difficult for them to enter the competitive work world. Participants are matched with employment opportunities that correspond with their interests and skills. For information, call 694-6624, Ext. 239.

Heritage Centers offers a wide variety of services to developmentally disabled individuals of all ages and their families. For information, call 856-4201, Ext. 202.

Parent to Parent at 1200 East & West Road, West Seneca, offers one-to-one emotional support to parents who have a child with a disability. The support is provided by trained volunteer parents who have a child with the same or similar disability. For information on resources in the area, support groups and specific disabilities or to talk to another parent or volunteer to be a support parent, call 517-3448 or toll-free (800) 305-8813, e-mail or consult the Web site at

Agape Parents Fellowship, 3280 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, provides service coordination, education advocacy and other supports for families with disabling conditions. For information about services or for regularly scheduled parent support groups and Bible study meetings, call 827-5407.

Epilepsy Association of Western New York, 339 Elmwood Ave., offers supportive employment services, providing comprehensive job search assistance, including assessment, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, job coaching, transportation for interviews and other job search activities. For information, call 883-5936.

Autistic Services operates a full-year school, adult services, vocational training, recreation, respite and family support programs and administers its seven community residences from 200 Bryant & Stratton Way, Clarence. For information, call 631-5777 or toll-free (888) AUTISM4.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers help in applying for Social Security or other financial benefits, budgeting instruction and assistance and help with paying bills. For information, call 883-8888.

The Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, 50 E. North St., diagnoses and treats children and adults with communication disorders. The center provides speech-language evaluations and therapy, hearing evaluations, hearing aids, assistive listening and speaking devices and support groups. It also offers an early childhood program, which includes an early intervention program for infants through 3 years, a preschool for children 3 to 5 years and kindergarten. The center has offices in Buffalo, Amherst and Silver Creek. For information, call 885-8318.

The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York provides computer training and assistive technology assessment services for people of all abilities. Services are provided at Technology Today, 2495 Main St., Buffalo, and 9812 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls. For information call, 836-7232 (Buffalo) or 298-1599 (Niagara Falls).

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