The Center for Discovery, Inc

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Mission

The Center for Discovery, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, nationally known provider of educational, health, clinical, and residential services for children and adults with severe complex disabilities and medical frailties, including a growing number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Center offers individuals - and their families - innovative educational, clinical, social, residential, nutritional, creative arts and recreational experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment.

Ruling year info

1956

CEO

Patrick H. Dollard

President

Dr. Theresa Hamlin

Main address

PO BOX 840

HARRIS, NY 12742 USA

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EIN

14-1395426

NTEE code info

Brain Disorders (G48)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Our programs

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Pediatric Center of Excellence

With 171 children ages 5 to 21 in 23 residences, The Center is the largest provider in New York State for children with significant disabilities. The Center provides special education services to a total of 280 school age children, including 100+ day students. The Pediatric Program includes beautiful, universally designed residences for children, an integrative nature-based special educational program; health/medical and clinical services; advanced rehabilitation technology; adaptive physical education; music and art therapy, and other key services/programs. Services are provided by highly trained and qualified staff that operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, The Center’s daycare program for children of its staff serves 70 children.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

The Center’s Adult Program features a continuum of residential opportunities for 165 adults, from age 21 to senior citizens, with complex disabilities and medical frailties, including those with a variety of aging issues. Our adult options range from 24-hour nursing residences, to five-bed homes on our renowned Thanksgiving Farm, as well as homes in our local towns. The Center's adult programs are designed to facilitate the independence and self-reliance of our residents to the greatest degree possible. We strive to emphasize personal progression, individual preferences, and community participation through a range of enriching and therapeutic experiences.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

The Center provides comprehensive health/medical and clinical services, including primary care and dental services, coordinated by a team that includes a Medical Director, primary care physicians and specialists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, audiologists, and 100 registered nurses (RNs) and 30 licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The Center also operates the Discovery Health Center, a 27,000 square foot NYS Department of Health certified clinic that offers Center residents and hundreds of individuals from the local community and the region, a broad range of outpatient services. It is the first health care facility in the country to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

In a groundbreaking development for the state of New York, The Center for Discovery will open a first of its kind Children's Specialty Hospital that will transform the standard of care for complex conditions. The hospital, scheduled to open in 2020, will provide specialized, short-term care for children with complex disabilities, along with support and training for their families, caregivers, and school districts. The Specialty Hospital's intensive, integrated treatment model will enable each child to successfully live in the least restrictive setting. The hospital is expected to save New York State millions of dollars each year, with the goal of replicating this model throughout the state and the nation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

The Children's Specialty Hospital at The Center for Discovery will also support a new Research Institute for Brain and Body Health. In partnership with researchers and scientists from major universities across the country, The Research Institute will facilitate pioneering studies related to brain and body health, including studies designed to improve and empirically validate a variety of supports for complex conditions. These studies will inform interventions, techniques, and tools for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, complex medical frailties, Alzheimer's and dementia, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

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How we listen

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Financials

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The Center for Discovery, Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edward Sweeney

Edward Giancontieri

Nelly Bly-Arougheti

William Myslinski

Ellen Alemany

Norman Feinberg

Joel Forman

Malcom Harkins III

Nancy McElroy

John Milligan

Eileen Naughton

Aidan Quinn

Arthur Thompson

Kevin Fee

Michael Dubilier

Allison Vella

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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