QUEST, INC. is proud to announce the opening of its new Adult Training Day Program on March 4, 2013. The Adult Training Day Program is able to serve up to 48 individuals who can benefit from an increased staff to participant ratio offering a higher level of support. Each program participant will participate in a structured day working on activities that will include daily living, health and wellness, community integration, social and recreational activities. As QUEST’s program develops, we will look at the needs and desires of each individual and add to our weekly offerings.
Participants can be enrolled on a full or half day basis Monday through Friday.
QUEST Inc.’s Adult Training Program is licensed under the Office of Developmental Programming – chapter 2380 Adult Training Facilities.
For more information on this program, please contact Elizabeth Hershey, Adult Day Services Coordinator.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE
The Office of Developmental Programs is committed to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities and making PA a high performing employment state. We have enlisted the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) to guide us through this process.
A survey has been developed to help us gather information from you and your family members. Your voices and input will help to direct us as we move forward to competitive, integrated employment for all people with disabilities.
Today, I’m asking all of you to complete this survey and encourage you to share it with family members and other people with disabilities. To access the survey, please click on the link below.
The survey will also be available on various stakeholder websites and Facebook pages.
We will be conducting focus group meetings throughout the Commonwealth for you and your family members in the next few weeks to discuss how we can make the necessary changes to our system. I urge you to attend a meeting, as we value your opinions and comments. Please note that only people with disabilities and family members are invited to attend these forums.
If you need further information, please contact Diane Cashman at 717-783-5755 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUEST Inc. works with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and funds from the United Way to accomplish its goals of quality employment, services and training.
The Intelectual Disability service system is evolving from one focused on providing service to large institutions often far from a persons home and community -- to one based on a flexible and dynamic system of supports and services close to home and community. The new system is tailored to the needs of persons living in their home community which include community residential and day support services.
Community residential options include group homes, single apartments with a roommate, or a family living setting. People are provided supports in their family home or their own home. Day services, such as supported employment, training and recreation are provided to people who live in residential settings and at home. A wide array of services and supports are also available to families caring for a child or adult sibling with mental retardation. Services include case management, mobility training, employment training and opportunities and adult day care.
Who Can I Contact for Help?
Mental Retardation Services are administered through county Mental Health/Intellectuall Disabilities and Early Intervention (MH/ID/EI) program offices. The county MH/MR offices serve as a referral source. Most actual mental retardation services are delivered by local provider agencies under contract with the county MH/MR office. The county MH/MR office determines a person's eligibility for service funding and if found eligible a person will receive a Supports Coordinator. The Supports Coordinator will:
Talk with you about what kinds of supports and services would be helpful to you.
Offer you an opportunity to complete an application for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Program.
Enroll you in services which require completing applications.
Help you develop your individual plan.
Help you talk with individuals or agencies in the community that could support you.
Coordinate and monitor supports and services.
The Department of Public Welfare, the Office of Development Programs toll-free Intellectual Disabilities Customer Service Line: 1-888-565-9435. Toll Free TTY Number (Telephone for Hearing Impaired Only) 1-866-388-1114. Local telephone: 717-265-7427. A Customer Service member will answer calls during normal business hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.
The fundamental concept of Everyday Lives is that with the support of family and friends, individuals with mental retardation decide; how to live their lives; what supports they need; and how they want to spend the money in their individual budgets. It also means that they are responsible for their decisions and actions.
The Advocacy Alliance has a proud history of serving persons who have a mental illness and persons who have developmental disabilities. Founded as a Mental Health Association in 1955, we have grown tremendously over the years, expanding our reach to Northeastern and South Central Pennsylvania, the Poconos and Lehigh Valley. They also provide training and understanding about the people QUEST Inc. serves.
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