General Information

HANDICAPPED HOTLINE
853-8333 (VOICE). 853-5658 (TTY)

OHS operates a Handicapped Hotline to answer questions on jobs, housing, education, transportation, health services, social services, rehabilitation , etc.

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL PROGRAMS
853-8333 (VOICE) . 853-5658 (TTY)

OHS acts as a one-stop information resource for disabled persons. Appropriate referrals will be made to public and private agencies.

ID CARD PROGRAM
853-8335 (VOICE). 853-5658 (TTY)

OHS has established the Suffolk County Handicapped Identification Card Program. Eligible permanently disabled county residents may apply for an ID card, which, when used with the Parks Department Green Key card gives free "weekday" admission to county parks and reduced rates at some recreational activities. It also provides reduced fares on county bus routes. For bus route schedule information, phone 852-5200 weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

ADVOCACY PROGRAMS
853-8333 (VOICE). 853-5658 (TTY)

OHS has an advocacy program to foster positive change in areas where problems exist for people with disabilities.

OMBUDSMAN SERVICE
853-8333 (VOICE). 853-5658 (TTY)

OHS contacts both public and private agencies for clients in an effort to cut red tape.

ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAM
853-4405 (VOICE). 853-5658, (TTY)

Working in conjunction with other county departments, OHS fosters the removal of architectural barriers and provides technical assistance.

DEAF TELEPHONE ACCESS CENTER
853-8333 (VOICE). 853-5658 (TTY)

OHS operates a Text Telephone (TTY), a Deaf Message Relay Center for all county departments and agencies. Hearing and speech-impaired individuals who have their own TTY's can contact Suffolk County Government directly by telephone to conduct business.

In emergencies persons with TTY's may call 911 or 924-8811 for dispatch of an ambulance, police or fire department anywhere within Suffolk County, 24 hours a day.

A 24-hour statewide TTY relay service is provided through the cooperation of local telephone companies, for calls within New York State phone:

TTY users: 1-800-662-1220
Hearing Persons; 1-800-421-1220

State Police: 1-800-342-4357 TTY
Suffolk County Police: 924-8811 TTY or 911 TTY

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
853-8333 (VOICE). 853-5658 (TTY)

OHS coordinates the Section 55A employment program for people with disabilities under the State Civil Service Law. Suffolk County leads other New York State counties in employment of people with disabilities in this program.

HANDICAPPED PARKING ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
853-4405 (VOICE), 853-5658 (TTY)

OHS, in conjunction with local Police Departments, has implemented a Handicap Parking Enforcement Program w here volunteer agents patrol with Polaroid cameras to ticket violators. Parking areas arc also checked for compliance with the handicapped parking requirements of the State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

PARATRANSIT ELIGIBILITY ID CARD PROGRAM
853-8337 (VOICE). 853-5658 (TTY)

Under strict Americans with Disabilities Act Regulations, OHS certifies paratransit eligibility and issues Suffolk County Accessible Transit (SCAT) ID cards. In general, under federal regulations, curb-to-curb paratransit services are only for those who are unable to use the regular public bus system because of a physical or mental disability. AH regular Suffolk County Transit buses are wheelchair lift-equipped. OHS reviews applications and issues SCAT paratransit ID cards.

PARATRANSIT TRIP RESERVATIONS - Rides are on a first-call, first-served basis. Once you have a SCAT paratransit ID card, to arrange for a ride call:

Suffolk Paratransit Dispatcher
(631)491-6500 (VOICE) 491-5400 (TTY)
Huntington Town Paratransit
(631) 427-8287