Residential Services

Since 1982, AccessCNY’s Certified Residential Services have assisted adults with disabilities with meeting their housing and personal care needs. For individuals over the age of 18 who are not able to live on their  own, AccessCNY provides two certified types of Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA): supervised living and supported living.


All of AccessCNY’s IRAs are located in neighborhoods with easy access to public transportation and community venues. Participants are strongly encouraged to become involved in their community and participate in social activities.

Supervised IRAs are small living environments with enhanced staff support. Two to eight adults with disabilities live together in each IRA. Twenty-four hour staffing is provided for those living on their own in supervised IRAs

In Supported IRAs individuals have their own apartments or live with a roommate within in a larger apartment complex. Staff provide scheduled supports based on the unique and changing needs of each individual. Staff are available 24 hours a day to help with unexpected needs as they arise.

In each type of IRA participants receive individualized services based on their particular needs and wants. Our staff is specially trained to help individuals develop and maintain skills in a multitude of areas. Participants are also assisted in setting and reaching goals that promote independence.



Merrilee Gorton
Associate Director of Residential Services
Phone: 315-478-6210 ext. 103 | Fax: 315-478-1575


Referrals for residential services may come from many sources, including families, service coordinators, or participants themselves. The New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) provides AccessCNY with possible referrals for the program.

Programs are funded by the New York State OPWDD. Enrollment in the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver is required.