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Who is Independent Support Services?

Independent Support Services, Inc. (ISS) facilitates and delivers Self-Directed and individualized supports to people with developmental disabilities.  We encourage and foster the growth of this service model by providing Fiscal Intermediary services in alignment with New York State’s OPWDD Self-Direction plan. Our Long Island and Monticello, NY offices offer participants the resources and supports needed to Self-Direct his or her life and to make their own path.

Since its’ inception in 2003 and due to the tremendous success and popularity of Self-Direction ISS has grown exponentially.  In addition to being an FI, our Long Island and Monticello offices provide Broker and Self-Direction Coordination services.  To avoid conflict of interests we do not provide direct services.  ISS today, serves more than 1,700 participants on Long Island, NYC, the Hudson Valley, and the Capital and Central Districts.

Our Principles of Self-Determination

Independent Support Services, Inc. embraces five basic principles of Self-Determination. These fundamental principles underpin the right to choose your own path.

Freedom
to develop a personal life plan that leads to a meaningful life in the community

Supports
to organize staff and fiscal resources in ways that allow participants to obtain the personal goals and growth they consider life enhancing and meaningful

Responsibility
to contribute to their community and use public funds wisely

Self-Advocacy
to learn how to speak up for yourself by understanding your rights and responsibilities

Authority
to control funds for supports and services that will lead to personal development and happiness

Our Philosophy

Every person with a developmental disability can lead a Self-Determined life and will hopefully achieve happiness and success by being empowered to make his or her own decisions.

We believe the road to Making Your Own Path is paved with inspiration, freedom of expression, the right to be self-reliant and the right to risk.  Our mission is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to make their own decisions that will lead them to actualize their dreams.

Our Function

Independent Support Services is a leading Fiscal Intermediary (FI) not-for-profit agency, providing administrative support to people Self-Directing throughout New York State. As the FI, ISS supports the implementation of Self-Direction by allowing individuals and their families to:

  • Identify the services and supports
  • Have employer and budget authority
  • Co-manage an approved budget with the Fiscal Intermediary agency

Operating as a co-manager, the participant and their family are the “managing employer” and ISS is the “employer of record”.