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Open Doors Transition Center Program

WILC is the regional lead agency for this program and our goal is to assist people living in nursing homes and OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) intermediate care facilities in the lower Hudson Valley Region to transition to and/or remain in the community. We work with auxiliary outreach agencies based at local independent living centers. The lower Hudson Valley Region includes Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, and Ulster Counties.

Through the Open Door Transition Center Program eligible individuals, their families and facility social workers receive information about available community based programs and services, and assistance to make necessary program referrals. There is follow-up with the person transitioning for a period of two years post transition. Eligible individuals may also apply for an Olmstead housing subsidy to assist them to secure an affordable, accessible apartment as well as access to trained peer mentors who share personal experiences and offer support to those wanting to move back to the community.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact Donna Ponessa, RN MPA at (845)228-7457 Ext. 1115. Email questions on the Open Door Transition Program Center here.

Regional Programs

These WILC/PILS programs serve 7 counties of the Lower Hudson Valley Region - Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster.

Traumatic Brain Injury RRDC

Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver RRDC

Open Doors Transition Center Program


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WILC Main Office
10 County Center Road 2nd floor
White Plains, NY 10607
(914) 682-3926 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
(914) 682-8518 (FAX)
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Satellite Office PILS
1441 Rt 22 ste 204
Brewster, New York 10509
845-228-7457 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
845-228-7460 (Fax)
Directions to PILS

Yonkers Outreach Office
Pathways to Success
75 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10701
914-376-8600 (Voice)

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