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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Supportive concepts for families, inc. Is dedicated to:supporting people to develop the skills to achieve strength and balance as they meet life's challenges. Supporting and accommodating people's unique needs by providing accessible and responsive services. Offering quality supports and services in a cost-effective manner. Recognizing the need to build services around the individual and not compel the person to adapt to a predesigned program or service, supportive concepts for families, inc. Was founded in 1993. Supportive concepts for families, inc. Has grown rapidly as a provider of public support to individuals with disabilities and currently supports hundreds of individuals in multiple counties throughout pennsylvania. While the organization began in berks county, it also serves individuals from bradford, chester, huntington, juniata, lancaster, lebanon, lehigh, mifflin, montgomery, schuylkill, and york/adams counties.

Programs: Residential habilitation services:residential habilitation services for intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals are provided in a 24 hour per day, community home setting. The individuals, in conjunction with their families, advocates, and county supports coordinators, meet with agency programming and nursing staff to discuss available program sites that would best accommodate the individual's needs. Areas for discussion and planning include physical site location and modifications to the home, staff supervision requirements, physical and behavioral health needs, and suitable housemates. Residential habilitation services are provided to protect the health and welfare of individuals who reside at the residential setting by assisting them in acquiring, retaining, and improving self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in the community. Examples of general support service areas may include the following: self-care; communication; fine and gross motor skills; mobility; therapeutic activities; personal adjustment; relationship development; socialization; and use of community resources. Individuals and their families are offered the opportunity to be introduced to and spend time with both prospective roommates, as well as the staff members responsible for their support, and are encouraged to offer feedback for continual program enhancement. Supportive concepts for families, inc. Stresses the utilization of person-directed services, client choice approach, throughout all services offered. Supportive concepts for families, inc. Makes arrangements for any and all services the individual may require on a daily basis and as authorized by the referral source. Family members may have as much or as little involvement in these services as they choose. As the provider, supportive concepts for families, inc. Is responsible for all needs of the individual twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven days a week. Supportive concepts for families, inc. Strives to ensure that each individual becomes an active member of the community in which they reside and supports individuals receiving care in the pursuit of their recreational, vocational, social, educational, and religious interests. Nursing oversight and intervention is included in this comprehensive service model. Program accomplishments --fifty-seven community living arrangements were operated by supportive concepts for families throughout the commonwealth. All homes are regulated under 55 pa. Code chapter 6400 regulations. -one hundred eighty-six individuals were supported in these program sites.

chipp services:housing support: supported living services, up to and including 24 hours per day supervision, based upon identified goals and the individual service needs. Services are provided to recipients in varied locations including: personal apartment settings; shared housing arrangements; with family/friends; personal care boarding homes; life sharing (foster family like) arrangements; and scffi operated residential programs. Areas of support offered may include: identifying and utilizing community resources; transportation; support for medical appointments; securing housing resources; and medication administration. Clinical support: clinical support service include: monthly psychiatric visits with a licensed psychiatrist; weekly monitoring of medical and psychiatric needs by a psychiatric nurse; acquisition of weekly medical supplies; mobile therapy services with a masters level clinician; and assistance with appointment scheduling. Crisis support: twenty-four (24) hour on call service to address emergency issues. Crisis diversion - provision of temporary respite to aid in the stabilization of psychiatric symptoms and defer the unnecessary utilization of psychiatric hospitalizations. Financial assistance - budgeting services, representative payee sponsorship, apartment furnishings, rent subsidies (up to sixty percent (60%)), and security deposits for housing. Vocational assistance - support in developing resumes, exploring local job/volunteer markets, job placement and follow-up,coordinating relationships with club house and/or drop-in centers and involvement in other meaningful daily activities of interest to the consumer of service. Program accomplishments --thirty individuals participated in mh chipp services in berks county. Services were provided in independent living settings, family living homes, residential community home settings and personal care homes. - one individual was served through chipp diversion services.

home and community based waiver services:home and community based waiver services are direct services provided by trained community specialists. Services offer support to individuals in need of assistance with acquiring, retaining or improving skills needed to live more independently in the community. Examples of support include: assistance with daily living skills, domestic tasks, socialization and adaptive skills. Program accomplishments --eighty-seven individuals received idd community habilitation services.

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