Admission Process

Do you know an adult with developmental disabilities who has the health, strength, and ability to be a part of an active community where work, social, and cultural events go hand-in-hand?

Camphill Village may be the right place for that individual. We encourage lives of responsibility and independence among people who desire to contribute to a healthy, vibrant community through their work and enthusiasm.

We are licensed by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

How does someone become a resident of Camphill Village?
Before the admission process begins, we welcome visitors and encourage potential applicants and their families to visit Camphill Village for a tour, which are available to the general public at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Admission Application
The first step in the admission process is to complete the Admission Application, which can be mailed, e-mailed, or delivered at the time of the scheduled tour.

The Interview
After reviewing the admission application, the Admission Committee may invite the family to Camphill Village for an interview. The interview involves the applicant’s family, his or her parents, guardians, and/or social workers, and one or two members of the Camphill Village Admission Committee.
Usually, the applicant receives a personal tour during the interview, but may be asked to join the interview as well.

Trial Visit
Within two weeks, the applicant may be invited to schedule a trial visit, which will be scheduled within an existing home and extended family at Camphill Village. The trial visit lasts four weeks, and may be scheduled 2 to 7 months in advance. If the applicant is a good fit for our community, he or she will be invited to join us.
Throughout the entire admission process, we look for basic compatibility. We try to see what the strengths and needs of the individual are, and assess what our needs and capacities are to meet those needs. We look at what the individual may bring to the community in terms of sociability and human qualities as well as what he or she can offer and contribute to the Village’s work life. We assess the individual’s care and emotional support needs.