Open Doors Transition Center

Open Doors Transition Center has transition specialists to directly assist people in nursing homes access the services they need to return to the community. The transition specialists also work with people in ICF/IIDs who are moving to community settings or are transitioning to a model of increased community integration in their current home.

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently living in a nursing facility, hospital, or Intermediate Care Facility/IID for more than 60 consecutive days (excluding Medicare covered rehabilitative care that is expected to be short-term in nature);
  • Chooses to move to a qualified community residents, such as;
    • A residence owned or leased by an individual or his/her family;
    • A residence in the community in which no more than four unrelated individuals live
    • An apartment with an individual lease with lockable access and egress, and which includes living, sleeping, bathing, and cooking areas over which the individual of his/her family has control.

Counties Served: Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Jefferson and St. Lawrence

Open Doors Referral Form:

Peer Outreach and Referral Program

Open Doors Peer Outreach and Referral Program is designed to offer people who are considering or in the process of transitioning one-on-one support through the process by individuals who have lived the experience. These peers are willing to share their stories and real-world experience that demonstrates people with disabilities can and do live successfully in the community.

Counties Served: Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego

Peer Referral Form:

For more information visit the NYAIL Open Doors Transition Center webpage:


Juanita Clark-Abolafia Regional Transition Manager

Phone (315)671-2948

Fax: (315)510-4181

Open Doors Referral Form