ABOUT US

We take great pride in what we do. One of our core values is to provide appropriate support and quality services to the individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We recognize all sorts of limitations they are faced with. However, each individual has some capacity for self-advocacy and decision-making, and we promote that at all times.

We are committed to the training of all our personnel. To that end, we provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills, which enable them to have a personal touch and offer the highest quality care in a safest way possible.

Our employees go through an intensive training tailored to the needs of the individuals we serve. They participate in several in-service lessons and attend all the New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities OPWDD mandated trainings. The training allows our staff members to analyze the likes and dislikes of each individual to develop, implement and maintain a person-centered plan that is meaningful to a person’s life.

Administrative Office
88 New Dorp Plaza S Ste 202,
Staten Island, New York 10306-2902
Telephone: 718-447-8200, Fax: 718-504-7966
E-mail: info@modestservices.org

 

AGENCY MISSION

The Agency’s objective is to provide appropriate Supports and Services to individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families.

Modest begins with a belief that each person has the potential for growth and personal development regardless of disability and that each person is entitled to a meaningful life enabling him/her to pursue his/her goals and aspirations. We believe that each person should have a continuous circle of natural support and services to pursue their future goals and aspirations. Furthermore, each person should live in the most integrated community-based settings which uphold the right of each person and provides person-centered opportunities both individually and/or on a group basis. At Modest, we are dedicated to providing our individuals with the necessary resources to live their life as independently as possible.

Our mission is to provide a variety of person-centered services and support to help individuals with developmental disabilities gain independence, integrate into the community, and live fulfilling lives.

 

HISTORY

Modest Community Service Association, Inc. is headquartered in Staten Island, New York. It was approved in 2004 by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (‘OMRDD”) to provide appropriate support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families. Effective July 13, 2010, OMRDD officially became the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Modest begins with a belief that each person has the potential for growth and personal development regardless of disability and that each person is entitled to a meaningful life enabling him/her to pursue his/her goals and aspirations. We believe that each person should have a continuous circle of natural support and services to pursue their future goals and aspirations. Furthermore, each person should live in the most integrated community-based settings which uphold the right of each person and provides person-centered opportunities both individually and/or on a group basis. From time to time, these reality-based natural supports and services might require a review and refinement as each person’s needs and goals change to reflect their current life circumstances. At Modest, we are dedicated to providing our individuals with the necessary resources to live their life as independently as possible.

Our mission is to provide a variety of person-centered services and support to help individuals with developmental disabilities gain independence, integrate into the community, and live fulfilling lives. To accomplish this mission and objective, MODEST offers a comprehensive range of person-centered support and services aimed to accommodate the needs of our individuals to enable them to acquire independent common living skills to support further community integration.

Since inception, MODEST has developed a wide range of services to address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities;

2005 – MODEST started providing services by opening its first two Individual Support Service residences (ISS), for individuals who preferred this kind of living arrangements. These residences provide individualized support and services on a less-than-round-the-clock basis.

2006 – MODEST started providing Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC). This service assists individuals with developmental disabilities in gaining access to federally approved Home and Community-Based Services-Waiver (HCBS).

2009 – MODEST opened its first 24-hours supervised Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) and its first less-than-24-hours Supportive Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA). In the summer of the same year, MODEST opened its first Options for People Through Services (OPTS) Blended Day Program. This program provides Day Habilitation and Pre-vocational services. These blended services enhance individuals’ opportunities for meaningful employment.

2010 – MODEST opened its first two (“PORTAL”) residences. These residences accommodate the needs of three individuals who require a narrow range of support and services to live independently. In the same year, the first Day Habilitation without Walls Program was opened. This kind of service enhances an individual’s community skill development which may also lead to future employment.

2017– MODEST opened another 24-hours Supervised IRA to provide services for 2 individuals who require such service in the community.

 

MILESTONE & ACHIEVEMENTS

MODEST’s vision since 2005 was and still is to transform the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families, by providing them with a wide range of services. Since then, many services have been developed to address the needs of individuals.

This milestone is a result of years of hard work and commitment by MODEST’s employees, the Board of Directors in conjunction with the support from the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, other service providers and the community at large.

MODEST’s employees are extremely proud to be taking part in transforming the lives of many individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by creating more opportunities that lead to full and rewarding lives

AFFILIATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS

MODEST is affiliated with several state and national recognized organizations that advocates and promotes the safety and well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the New York State.

The New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

MODEST collaboration with the New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is on-going and the Agency’s reputation as a provider of comprehensive services to the people it serves continue to be strengthened.

 

New York State Association of Day Service Providers (NYSADSP)
MODEST is a member of NYSADSP a statewide association that provides its members with current technological, programmatic and regulatory information, education, training, technical assistance and the opportunity to advocate, network and collaborate on issues with other members.

Consumer Advisory Board (CAB)
MODEST collaborates with the Consumer Advisory Board, a statewide advocacy agency to ensure that the rights of members of the Willowbrook class permanent injunction are upheld at all times.

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC)
MODEST is member of SIDDC that assists in the planning, promotion and development of services for people who have Developmental Disabilities and their family members in Staten Island. The Council is a consortium of persons with Developmental Disabilities, family members, service providers, and interested individuals who provide information about and assistance to people with Developmental Disabilities and their families.

New York City Department of Education (The Richard H. Hungerford School)
MODEST is partnering with The Richard H. Hungerford School to have its students that participates in the Senior Year Bridge Program to visit MODEST’s Blended Day Program once a week where they take part in day habilitation activities. This allows the students and their families to make an informed decision as to what day program they would like to attend upon graduation.

New York Association of Emerging and Multicultural Providers, Inc. (NYAEMP)
MODEST is a member of NYAEMP a statewide association that provides its members with current programmatic and regulatory information, training, collaboration and networking among its members on various issues.