Mission Statement


Opengate is committed to supporting individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including those who are behaviorally challenged, to develop and express their unique potential. Opengate, through its residential, home-based, and day services, assists individuals in making informed choices that enhance their lives through person centered planning, therapeutic and specialized clinical services, and individualized programming.

Underlying Opengate’s purpose and programs is its recognition of the worth and dignity of each individual it serves as a valued member of society. Opengate acknowledges that each person has the right to be treated with respect and fairness. The agency is committed to establishing and maintaining a continuum of services for the developmentally disabled, which include residential, day, home, and community-based services.

“Opengate acknowledges that each person has the right to be treated with respect and fairness.”  –Brian Hulten, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer 

Opengate recognizes its moral responsibility for the continuity of care for each resident throughout his/her lifetime. To the extent legally permissible, Opengate exercises the role of advocate for its residents. Opengate assumes guardianship of developmentally disabled individuals to the extent necessary and permitted by law.


To be the premier provider of programs for the developmentally disabled in New York’s Hudson Valley, with special focus on those with behavioral issues. We will accomplish this through innovation, responsiveness and the teamwork of all stakeholders.