The Institute for Human Resources and Services, Inc., has existed since 1975, serving people with intellectual disabilities.The Institute serves approximately 78 clients and operates 23 Community Living Arrangements (“CLA”) and one Community Residential Rehabilitation home (“CRR”) in Luzerne County.Our program specialists and administrative staff possess years of experience in meeting the needs of our clients in comfortable residential-type settings. It is our ultimate goal to continue to meet the needs of those individuals entrusted to our care.Each CLA and CRR has a full complement of staff specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each client.In 1995, the Institute received an adoption license and has since affiliated itself with the StateWide Adoption Network (“SWAN”) program. As such, the Institute is licensed to pursue an adoption to finalization. The Institute also assists individuals in becoming certified foster parents through our foster care program.The Institute also offers emergency placement and emergency respite services and operates a licensed foster care/adoptions and family services agency that services Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Monroe counties.

The Institute has a proven record of providing quality care to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
We are hopeful that we may continue to provide these services to the community for years to come.

Mission statement

The Institute’s mission is to provide a homelike atmosphere within a semi-structured community setting that enables consumers to attain their individual potential. This includes supporting the consumers in their everyday lives by providing them with a choice, control, stability, and freedom.

Integral to this mission is the direct care professional’s support of each individual’s personal and social development. This support includes ensuring that the consumers have access to quality care and services, as well as the opportunity to make choices on their own and form healthy relationships within the community.

The direct care professionals will act as mentors to the consumers so that they may achieve success as contributing members of the community.

Management Team

Robert Kotsull Executive Director 570-288-9386
Joseph DeHaut Chief Fiscal Officer 570-288-9386 ext. 6809 jdehaut@ihrser.com
Alicia Deeds Human Resources Manager 570-288-9386 ext. 6812 adeeds@ihrser.com
Shani Williams Residential Programs & Quality Assurance Manager 570-288-9386 ext. 6820 swilliams@ihrser.com
Lauren Conway Supervisor of Residential Programs 570-288-9386 ext. 6804 lconway@ihrser.com
Kathy Marino Supervisor of Foster Care and Adoption Services 570-288-9386 ext. 6813 kmarino@ihrser.com

 Board of Directors

Name  Title First Took Office Expected End of Current Term
John H. Kennedy President 1980 6/30/2019
Stephen Hudacek Vice President 1980 6/30/2019
Robert J. Kotsull Secretary/Treasurer 1980 6/30/2019
Patrick O’Brien Board Member 1980 6/30/2019
Rebecca L. Bear Board Member 10/2015 6/30/2019
Laney Jones Board Member 12/7/2017 6/30/2019
Jennifer Sherrod Board Member 12/7/2017 6/30/2019



Amended Restated Bylaws



The Institute for Human Resources and Services, Inc. is a member of the following organizations:

The Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association is a trade association whose members offer mental health, intellectual disability and addictive disease treatment and services; brain injury; medical and vocational rehabilitation; and other related human services.

The Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association, which advocates for all those who care about children and their families, works to improve the quality of family life in Pennsylvania and to influence child welfare police and practice.

The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance works to protect children by teaching citizens to recognize and report child abuse and neglect by providing information, educational materials, and programs that promote positive parenting.