At Community Based Services (CBS)…We are dedicated to providing individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities the best possible quality of life through residential and community-based opportunities.

Dear CBS Community,

Hello, I hope this update finds you well. As of today, I am glad to report that our ten residences are doing well. Currently, there are no active COVID -19 cases. Anyone living with us who had been ill is now recovered and out of isolation. Nine of our staff members who were previously out of work due to illness have returned. I am feeling fortunate and relieved. This is a credit our wonderful staff who have done tremendously well at following all recommended COVID-19 protocols since the pandemic began.

However, this is not the time to let our guard down. We are continuing to monitor each residents’ health for signs and symptoms of illness, and each staff continues to complete a self-assessment before entering our homes. We must continue our vigilance in our fight to stop the spread of this virus which is ravaging congregate care facilities across the globe, and many very close to us. Neighboring agencies have reported that some of their homes have had every resident test positive, and sadly there have been many deaths throughout the State. So CBS will remain steadfast in our current procedures. So far, those we are supporting seem accepting of our quarantine status, as staff are creating a calming atmosphere and providing creative activities in the houses. What we’re doing seems to be working and I am confident that we will get through this period stronger and better than ever.

Although our schedule programs and supports have experienced interruption, we are still providing services in the community as many of the people we support still want and need our services. On March 16th OPWDD closed our Day Habilitation Program, however we are providing weekly contact with all of our participates and running daily zoom classes which include life skill development and money management made fun with staffs creative approach. Additionally zoom classes take place from our newly constructed green house at our farm and music groups that engage the entire group. We encourage everyone to attend.

Thank you to those who have given donations to help us offset the many significant Covid-19 related expenses. It gave us the ability to give hazard pay to the staff at those houses with COVID-19 positive cases to encourage and thank them for coming to work. They are our everyday heroes and our heartfelt thanks goes out to them. Donations continue to be needed for the on-going purchase of essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Now that we are COVID-19 free, we must try to stay that way. Please continue to support our efforts either by sending a check to our main office or electronically through our website.

This week marks the celebration and appreciation of our dedicated nursing staff. We would not be doing so well if not for them. My deepest gratitude to Simone Lawrence, Director Of Nursing and our Residence Nurses; Valya Dessaure, Stephanie Graap, Ann King, Sarah Madureira, Bernadette Montesarchio and Debbie Pihota. And again, I would like to commend and thank our front line staff. They are the backbone to everything we do and I’m grateful and amazed at their daily commitment to all the people we support, especially during these difficult months.

Lastly and unfortunately, please be advised that we are postponing our annual Spring Fling until a safer time.

Wishing you health and wellness, now and always.

Many thanks,

Dr. Vicki Sylvester
Chief Executive Officer

For additional information, please visit the following websites:
Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

New York State Department of Health (DOH)
DOH 24/7 Hotline Phone Number: 1-888-364-3065
General Information and Updates

To receive regular updates in English text: COVID to 692-692
To receive regular updates in Spanish text COVIDESP to 692-692

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
General Information and Updates
Informational Videos
How to Protect Yourself

Westchester County Department of Health
Hotline Phone Number: 211
Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Community Based Services, Inc. is expanding to answer the growing need for services to people
with autism and other developmental disabilities.


Should someone in your care require our assistance, please call the Chief Program Officer, Chris Laubis, at 914-277-4771, extension 114.


In 2019, CBS became a provider of services in nearby Connecticut. Our conveniently located Danbury office is
only minutes away from our Corporate Office and Site Based Day Habilitation Program in North Salem, NY
and only 25 miles from our Respite Farm in Hopewell Junction, NY. We invite you to contact us about
how we may be able to get you the support you’ve been asking for!

CBS is an approved provider of the following supports in the state of Connecticut:
• Adult Companion | • Group Day Supports | • Individualized Day Supports
• Individualized Home Supports | • Personal Supports | • Respite |• Transportation

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    In 2015, CBS was awarded a Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) grant from New York State. We used the funds to help launch Cultivating Dreams, a program where individual growth is nurtured and dreams blossom. The program began on a small plot of leased land where it flourished for 3 years before moving to a beautiful 10 acre farm in Hopewell Junction…

    Find out more about Cultivating Dreams.

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