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Open Doors

Open Doors is a specialized service to assist individuals living in a nursing home or Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) in making decisions regarding home and community-based services. Open Doors meets with individuals and their families to provide information regarding services and supports available in the community. Individuals who choose to live in the community are referred to the Regional Resource Development Center (RRDC) for consideration of NHTD services. Individuals may also be referred to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

BRIDGES works collaboratively with the lead agency, Westchester Independent Living Center, to identify individuals in need of an assessment and consideration for Open Doors. This contract is monitored by New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) and NY Department of Health (NYDOH).

Olmstead Housing Subsidy

The OHS is a rental subsidy designed to mirror Housing Choice Vouchers, or Section 8, for a specialized population.  It helps seniors and people with disabilities leave nursing homes, or prevents nursing home placement, by stabilizing their housing.


  • Currently live in a nursing home and wish to move into the community

  • Have lived in a nursing home in the past 2 years and are homeless or have unstable housing

  • Enrolled in Medicaid