Mountain Lake Services: Enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and our communities...  A chapter of The Arc New York

What is Mountain Lake Services?

Mountain Lake Services is committed to the highest standard for person-centered services, demonstrated in our accreditation by The Council on Quality and Leadership. People supported by Mountain Lake Services take pride in their homes and their lives. The Adirondacks offer unique opportunities for people supported by Mountain Lake Services. At Essex Industries, people with disabilities find employment and take pride in their work. Workers at Essex Industries make high quality canoe accessories, supplying some of the top canoe manufacturers. Mountain Lake Services offers comfortable homes with a personal touch, and skilled Direct Support Professionals to provide needed supports. Situated near the shores of Lake Champlain, Mountain Lake Services provides a unique environment for personal growth. People with disabilities participate in a wide range of activities through Mountain Lake Services' Day Habilitation Services. People are supported by Mountain Lake Services to participate in their choice of activities, including the Special Olympics. Mountain Lake Services proudly supports the Mountain Weavers Guild's quality craftsmanship. Mountain Lake Services is in the heart of the Adirondacks, near the High Peaks of New York. Whatever the season, Mountain Lake Services supports people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest.


Mountain Lake Services began in 1967 with 15 citizens who were concerned about the lack of support for people with developmental disabilities in their communities. From our beginning, providing vocational training at our work center, Essex Industries, through the development of residential and day services, we now offer a wide array of services to suit any need and capability.

Here at Mountain Lake Services our mission is to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities, their families and our communities. By offering a comprehensive range of services we ensure that we are indeed meeting the needs of the individuals we support, their families and our communities.

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Visit the Mountain Lake Services Foundation website for information on how you can support our mission.

Essex Industries, a work center operated by Mountain Lake Services, makes fine wood products for the canoe manufacturing industry and other customers.

The Mountain Weavers Guild makes exceptional handcrafted baskets, sold at craft fairs and farmers' markets throughout the Adirondacks and in their shop on Main Street, Port Henry, NY.

The Self Advocates of the Adirondacks, a group of self advocates associated with Mountain Lake Services, have a No DRAMA Facebook page.

MLS' Recreation Grant Found New and Creative Uses in 2020

In 2020, Mountain Lake Services received a generous grant from the NYSARC Trust Services in the amount of $12,000 to support recreational opportunities and enrich the lives of the more than 300 individuals we serve. During a year in which traditional outings and activities were severely limited due to the pandemic, the funds from this grant were very useful with ensuring our individuals could remain active and engaged in a safe environment. Read more...

Current Position Openings

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Direct Support Professionals
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Production Worker
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Assistant Foreman
  • Community Pre-Vocational Specialist
  • Special Education Teacher

Mountain Lake Services always accepts applications for direct support professionals (full-time, part-time, relief, awake overnight). Hours, days, and locations vary. Competitive benefits are provided.

We presently have IMMEDIATE openings for direct support professional positions to support intellectually disabled people throughout Essex County. If you are responsible and compassionate, come join our team. A high School diploma or GED and a satisfactory driving record are required. Our starting full-time rate is $14.00-17.00 per hour.