Devereux Announces Opening of Community-based Services in Newark, DE
New office to focus on increasing need for community-based adult programming in the state
Villanova, PA – April 10, 2015 – Devereux, a leading national nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization, today announced the official opening of its new office in Newark, Delaware. Devereux’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP) and Community Supported Employment (CSE) Programs will provide day habilitation, supported employment services, and behavioral consultative services among other services to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities. Services will begin on June 1.
“We started discussions about our services due to urging by parents who felt that there were not enough options for community-based services in Delaware. After our discussions with the state agencies, we were strongly encouraged to become providers under the DDDS waiver and Vocational Rehabilitation services,” said Todd Harris, Ph.D., Director of Autism Services at Devereux Pennsylvania. “As demand for CAAPP and CSE continues to grow, the expansion into Delaware is an exciting opportunity to provide much needed services to more adults locally.”
The need for viable employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum is one steadily gaining attention. The United Nations focused on the issue as the theme of the recent World Autism Awareness Day and many states have adopted “employment first” policies. These states, which include Delaware, aim to create, enhance and support programs and initiatives that serve this population. Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who delivered the keynote address at the U.N. on Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd, has made a priority of addressing employment disparity for individuals with disabilities in his state, and has lead an effort to address the issue at the national level.
“Our Mission and Philosophy of Care directly align with the direction Delaware is moving in terms of providing more community-based options for their adult participants,” said Harris. “We hope to be a part of the state’s Pathway to Employment and Early Start to Employment initiatives as time goes on.”
Devereux’s CAAPP program currently serves more than 100 participants in Pennsylvania and has begun accepting referrals in New Castle County, with the goal of expanding into Sussex and Kent Counties in within the next two years.