Community Living

The Institute’s Community Residential Rehabilitation (“CRR”) and Community Living Arrangements (“CLA”) provide services to approximately 78 clients with intellectual disabilities as well as mental health disorders as an alternative to institutionalization.

Each of our 23 CLA’s and one CRR is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Developmental Programs.

Our clients are encouraged to participate in a number of local programs, including Step by Step, United Rehabilitation Services, Creating Unlimited Possibilities and others.

Our six Program Specialists hold years of experience in meeting the needs of our clients.

Program Specialists manage and coordinate CLA and CRR programs. They act as a liaison with the Mental Health/Developmental Services (“MH/DS”) County Supports Coordinator and county and state staff.

The Program Specialists supervise, monitor, and evaluate services provided to the individuals in the CLA and CRR programs. They coordinate the training of direct service professionals in the content of health and safety needs relevant to each individual.

Our staff that work with our clients in the CLA’s and CRR work in a small group setting to allow for individual attention to meet each person’s individual needs.

All of our staff receives training in the following areas:

  • Adult CPR and First Aid through the American Red Cross
  • Medication Administration Training through the Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Developmental Programs
  • Safe Crisis Management through JKM standards
  • Fire safety
  • HIPPA and Confidentiality
  • Universal Precautions
  • Driver Safety
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Prevention of Abuse and Neglect

A minimum of 24 hours of training per year is required for all employees.

Our promise is:

  • To maximize the capabilities of the individuals residing in our facilities;
  • To provide training to all employees so that the Institute’s quality of care is maintained;
  • To abide by state regulations and best practice guidelines;
  • To have unsurpassed communication with members of the client’s family and interdisciplinary team;
  • To follow the recommendations of doctors and psychiatrists to appropriately meet the needs of our individuals;
  • To provide safe transportation that is necessary as well as recreational;
  • To focus on community integration by providing the opportunity for outings in the community;
  • And, to encourage skill building and goal setting with our clients.

Community Living Arrangements/Community Residential Rehabilitation

CLA’s and CRR’s are located in the following communities:

  • Wilkes-Barre
  • Hanover Township
  • Plains Township
  • Dallas
  • Kingston
  • Forty Fort
  • Shavertown
  • Larksville
  • Sugar Notch
  • Swoyersville
  • Plymouth