Opportunities to connect, create and achieve!

We are excited to offer respite programs during the day, evening, and on weekends at our Wheatley location on the AHRC Brookville campus at 189 Wheatley Road. We are dedicated to quality care in all of our programs in a fun and engaging environment.

Our respite program offers:

Art 101 [Monday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.]

Explore different mediums of art including drawing, painting, ceramics and more. Remember to wear appropriate attire as we will be using materials that may stain.

Game Nights [Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.]

Meet friends for some fun and games like BINGO and more!

On Stage [Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.]

It’s your time to shine! Join in the fun and improve your theater skills with some exercises in improv and music.

Health and Fitness [Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.]

Kickstart your health and fitness journey with us! Join in for dancing, stretching, meditation and more!

Music & Dance [Friday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.]

Put on your dancing shoes and join our Friday night dances!


Saturday & Sunday Program (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Join us for all day fun! You can sign up for one or two days of games, music, dance, art & more!

Weekday Respite (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) [summer only]

Relaxing in the sunshine, hanging with friends and exploring activities is what vacations and respite are all about. Come join us for a one week session, or several weeks, as we gather together for some rest and relaxation on the gorgeous Brookville campus. Camp-like fun guaranteed!

Example Full Day Schedule

10:00 a.m. – Check-in
10:15 a.m. – Recreational Arts (Scavenger hunt, basketball, obstacle course)
11:15 a.m. – Creative Arts (Painting, Tye Dye, Ceramics)
12:30 p.m. – LUNCH
1:30 p.m. – Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama)
3:00 p.m. – Wellness & Fitness (Stretch, meditation, sensory garden)
4:00 p.m. – Pick-up

Eligibility:

We proudly offer quality respite services for adults who are 18 years of age or older throughout Nassau County and surrounding areas. Program participants must be eligible for Respite Services through OPWDD.

In order to be enrolled the individual’s Life Plan needs to be submitted with Citizens Options Unlimited being noted as a provider of Respite in Section 4 (Please contact your Care Manager and Broker with any questions).

Please note: Staffing ratio will be 1:4 and ability to be enrolled will be determined by a thorough review of application and medical. Our team will review and enrollment will be based on acuity level and our ability to meet their needs.

How to sign up:

Our program utilizes a database called BUNK1. If you are new to BUNK1 you will have to create an account using invitation code: citizens.

If you already have a BUNK1 account, simply log in and complete a 2021 Respite Connections Application.

What you need to know:

  • A nurse will not be available during this program. In case of emergency, 911 would be called.
  • This program runs in an 8 week cycle. You will need to re-apply to attend the next cycle.
  • Respite Connections applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Staffing ratio is a 1:4. We will be enrolling campers based on acuity level and our ability to meet their needs.
  • Safety is our top priority. We follow all COVID-19 protocols and requirements provided by the Department of Health, CDC, OPWDD and Agency guidelines.
  • Level of care will be determined through careful review of your application by our team members. In-person assessment is required for new participants or any participant who has not attended Citizens Respite (Camp Loyaltown) in the past 3 years.

Medical Requirements:

  • We require documentation of a physical exam/medical that falls within the year of enrollment. You will find the medical forms on BUNK1.

Meals/Snacks:

  • Each person is responsible for bringing their own drink, snack and when applicable, their own meal. These items must be peanut and tree nut free.
  • We will not have access to a microwave.
  • Please bring own utensils and personal items.

Attendance/Cancellations:

To make the most of our activities, we ask that all Respite Connections members arrive on time. Cancellations will be communicated to members via email. Also, in cases of severe weather, please feel free to check program availability at (516) 293-2016 ext. 5142.

For additional information, please contact our Program Coordinator at (516) 293-2016 ext. 5142, or via email at respite@citizens-inc.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are unable to provide transportation at this time.

                                                                                                   

Drop-off and pick-up will depend on program enrollment. For our ‘Weekend at Wheatley’ and our ‘Week at Wheatley’ program, please drop-off and pick-up at the Brookville Mansion front entrance.  For our weekday afternoon/evening program please drop-off and pick-up at the Cissy Birnbaum/BCCS building.

                                                                                                   

We require the person to be over the age of 18, reside at home with their family or in NYS Family Care and be eligible for HCBS Waiter Respite Services through OPWDD.

                                                                                                   

At this time we are not accepting private payment or scholarship funding for this program. we will only be billing through Medicaid HCBS Waiver.

                                                                                                   

We are currently accepting new individuals. Prior enrollment in our programs is not necessary. Each person will be screened prior to attendance.

                                                                                                   

Prior to attendance the enrollee will need to provide a current Life Plan. In Section IV, Citizens Options Unlimited must be listed as a provider of Respite.

A completed medical form is required as well.  These forms should be uploaded to BUNK1.  Simply scan these documents and save as attachments.  When in your BUNK1 account go to the Attachments tab and attach these documents to the attendee’s account.  You can also mail them to Connections Respite, 115 East Bethpage Rd, Plainview, NY 11803.

                                                                                                   

Citizens Options Unlimited is a Medicaid Service Provider, therefore we must be listed as Direct Provider PurchaseUnits and Rates will vary, please ask broker to contact our office for up-to-date information.

                                                                                                   

We request that you collect the required paperwork and upload it to your BUNK1 account.

These forms should be uploaded to BUNK1.  Simply scan these documents and save as attachments.  When in your BUNK1 account go to the Attachments tab and attach these documents to the attendee’s account.  You can also mail them to Connections Respite, 115 East Bethpage Rd, Plainview, NY 11803.

                                                                                                   

Staffing ratio is a 1:4. We will be enrolling campers based on acuity level and our ability to meet their needs.

                                                                                                   

Camp Loyaltown utilizes men and women on a J-1 Cultural Exchange Visa through camp recruitment agencies. This program will utilize Direct Support Professionals through AHRC Nassau/Citizens.   All staff will be trained and orientated according to our high agency standards.

                                                                                                   

Meals, snacks and beverages will not be provided. We will provide cups and water when requested.

                                                                                                   

We will have refrigerators for food storage. Please record the enrollee’s name on all food and beverages.

                                                                                                   

We aim to provide a peanut-free environment.  Please do not send in peanut butter and other foods that contain peanuts.

                                                                                                   

We will enroll people based on staffing availability and regulations of OPWDD, DOH, CDC and agency.

                                                                                                   

Yes, you can attend more than one program if there is space.

                                                                                                   

You will need to provide medical forms based on a physical exam dated within the year. Medical forms can be found both on Bunk1 and the Citizens Options Unlimited website.

                                                                                                   

This program will not have a nurse on site.

                                                                                                   

There will be no nurse on site for this program therefore we do ask that you provide all medication before or after program. Attendees are not permitted to carry medication.

                                                                                                   

Yes, a guardian/family member can enter the campus to provide medication.

                                                                                                   

As each person is taking a spot, if the enrollee is healthy, we ask that they attend.

                                                                                                   

This is a respite program where we will participate in fun, engaging activities.

                                                                                                   

We would follow current CDC and DOH guidelines for ensuring everyone’s safety. Anyone who has symptoms of illness or fever will be kept away from other attendees and will need to be picked up as soon as possible.

                                                                                                   

At this time, they can provide transportation to and from the program.  They cannot remain with them.  Our staff will be providing care, activities, and engagement.

                                                                                                   

We will provide indoor programming in the event of bad weather.

                                                                                                   

We ask that you provide a meal/snack/beverage, sun protection, weather appropriate attire, and extra clothing (if needed).

                                                                                                   

We recommend weather appropriate clothing, sneakers or other closed toe/heal shoe, sunscreen, hat or other way to protect from sun exposure.

                                                                                                   

There will be no swimming in this program.

                                                                                                   

We will not be having any off-site trips.


Evening and weekend programs at the Brookville location are scheduled to operate year round.


Currently, the agency is not mandating COVID-19 vaccines for individuals or essential workers.


A medical for the current year is required.