The New York State Hamaspik Association is a membership association of all Hamaspik not-for-profit agencies that provide human services in more than 25 counties for families residing in New York State. All NYSHA member agencies are part of the cost-sharing consortium for programs that serve the combined client body such as: retreats for parents, providers and employees; public relations; governmental advocacy; government mandated trainings; and the widespread national distribution of the Hamaspik Gazette with over 60,000 readers. Founded in 1980, the organizations member agencies have a combined workforce of more than 3000 employees that cater to the needs of persons with disabilities and their families.
Likewise, NYSHA operates a 70 room hotel in the Catskill Mountains which is a full year program geared for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It is also open to the public and operates as a regular hotel. The entire facility is structured to accommodate the many complex needs of the special needs community. It provides them with endless opportunities throughout the year in every area from vacationing to continued stimulation and therapeutic services. NYSHA also operates an 8 week summer sleep-away camp for children that are eligible for OPWDD services. The summer program includes complete carry-over of the Childs educational and therapy program to ensure continued progress and avoid regressing or losing the important skills they acquired in school. The camp is run by the Hamaspik agencies that are under the NYSHA association.
NYSHA is constantly on the lookout for new and upgraded options to serve the community in every area of need from mental health to physical well-being. We contiguously research and explore the development of innovative programs and services that can enhance and upgrade the quality of life for the people we serve.