Programs and Services
The Advocacy Program assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to become informed about resources, services and supports that are available to meet their needs. Our Advocate help consumers navigate through service systems such as education, developmental programs, federal funding streams, medical assistance, legal assistance, housing transportation, social security, trusts & wills, and community supports and resources.
If you are in need of advocacy support, contact Kathy Gingerich, (717) 920-2727; by fax at (717) 920-2730; or by email.
Life in the Community
Options Habilitation Classes
Positive Behavior Support
What makes Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) Different:
- It is person-centered
- It causes positive change
- It is outcome focused
- It provides collaborative support
- It is a proactive approach to behavior
- It facilitates long term change
Principles of Positive Behavioral Supports
- Designed in a person-centered process involving the individual;
- Developed within the broader context of all aspects of the individual’s life which may include: medical, psychological, educational, and facilitative services;
- Based on a functional assessment of the behavior and the circumstances under which it occurred, a thorough assessment of each individual’s unique abilities and contributions, and an understanding of how previous interventions worked;
- Provided through a least restrictive strategy and described in a written plan;
Grounded in evidence-based procedures that will:
- prevent challenging behaviors;
- teach new skills that may replace challenging behaviors;
- prevent the on-going reward of a challenging behavior;
- reinforce positive behavior;
- used in a humane and caring manner respecting individual dignity;
- ensure safety (when necessary); and
- provide systemic information on the effectiveness of the support.
- Implemented in positive, socially supportive and culturally appropriate environments including the home;
- Carried out by individuals (i.e., staff, family members and others) who have been trained to effectively apply positive, non-aversive approaches;
- Include adaptations to the environment and reinforcers that people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families identify as positive; and
- Monitored continuously and systematically to ensure appropriate implementation and that the support is consistent with individual needs, positive in its methods, successful in achieving established goals, and changed in a timely fashion if success is not evident or occurring at an appropriate rate.