Commissioner's Message

Welcome to the NY Connects website. We hope you will find the site to be a valuable resource for information about New York City's services and programs for older adults and New Yorkers of any age with a disability.

Currently, there are 1.52 million seniors living in NYC, and more than 800,000 persons living with a long term disability. It is imperative that we continue to develop services and programs that will improve and enhance the lives of all New Yorkers who are in need of care.

One of those programs is NY Connects. The NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) is pleased to have joined the statewide NY Connects initiative and in doing so, became a designated Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). ADRCs are federally recognized, locally-based, no-wrong-door portals for accessing information on home and community-based long-term care services and supports.

One of our major goals is to help people easily access the services that they need in order to remain safely at home and in the community. We also have information to assist you when a nursing home or other residential care option is needed.  

DFTA is the administrative hub for NY Connects in New York City and oversees the program’s operation in five borough-based social service agencies. DFTA's city and state partners include: the NYC Human Resources Administration, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, and two state agencies—the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the New York State Office of Mental Health—who in collaboration are responsible for developing New York City's NY Connects program.

Older adults and people of all ages with any type of disability, their caregivers, family members, friends and professionals in need of information regarding long-term supportive services, will be able to receive assistance and counseling on available options while planning for the future.

Through NY Connects, DFTA and its partners are striving to offer a seamless, coordinated system of supports for people seeking to learn more about and gain access to, long-term care supports and services. We look forward to assisting you.

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
NYC Department for the Aging