These programs are primarily funded by Centre County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention-Drug and Alcohol Program Office but are also funded in part by the Centre County United Way.
Residential Habilitation Services operated by The Arc are built on the foundation that every individual has the capability to participate in a lifetime of learning. Qualified direct support professionals will help individuals with an intellectual disability to attain, maintain, or expand skills in order to live a more independent and meaningful life within Centre County. For individuals needing 24-hour support, their home would be a licensed Community Home which is integrated within the surrounding community and encompasses services necessary to meet residential habilitation outcomes. For others, services would be provided in the private home of the individual at a type and amount necessary to focus on personal growth through the attainment of desired outcomes. All services are based on person-centered planning which helps the individual to discover the life they want to live.Learn More
Nittany Employment Services
Nittany Employment Services (NES) provides vocational services to individuals with disabilities seeking competitive employment in the community. Employment provides increased independence through competitive wages, growth in self-esteem and enhanced social interactions. NES uses a highly customized approach to the vocational process, which means that our efforts on behalf of those we serve are predicated upon their stated preferences and their particular strengths. Our goal is to match the unique capabilities of the job seeker with the unmet needs of the region’s employers. Employment Specialists provide career planning, including assessment, employment preparation, job development, job coaching and follow-along services. NES’ services are enhanced by our collaborative partnerships and innovative methods of service delivery including Discovery, customized employment and competitive integrated employment. NES’ philosophies are centered on empowerment and inclusion for today’s workers with disabilities.Learn More
Home and Community Services
Home and Community Supports meets an absolutely critical need for individuals and families in our community. Through the provision of this service individuals acquire, maintain, and/or improve upon the skills necessary to live in the community, to live more independently, or to be more productive and participatory in community life. Support is offered in the general areas of communication, health maintenance, money management, relationship development, meal preparation, and the use of community resources. Professional and dedicated staff provides this face-to-face support at the individual’s residence, or other agreed upon location, and a frequency that meets the individual’s level of need at the time. Enhanced services are provided by LPN’s, as appropriate to meet the individual’s specialized needs. Services offered are home and community supports, companion services, respite care, and community participation supports.Learn More
Behavioral Support Services
Behavior Support Services offered by The Arc include ongoing assessment and development of positive approaches to address challenging behavior and support the person to live and work in their community. Person-centered services encompass the development and maintenance of a Behavior Support Plan and its restrictive components if applicable, monitoring of progress within the plan, as well as skill building and training for the person, their support team, and their family.Learn More