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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health receives $50,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation

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Funds will provide technology and educational programming at schools serving individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences in southeast Pennsylvania.
  

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Villanova, Pa. – Jan. 30, 2019 – Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest and largest providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, has received a $50,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation,  which awards grants to nonprofits in the Philadelphia area that demonstrate outstanding performance in meeting community needs. 

Devereux, which serves 3,500 children, adolescents and adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences in southeast Pennsylvania, will use the funds to purchase new technology devices and implement new educational programs for two of its Approved Private Schools – the Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (CIDDS) Learning Center and the Center for Autism Research and Educational Services (CARES) – located in Chester County. 

“This grant will enable our CIDDS and CARES Approved Private Schools to implement technology that will innovate teaching and learning, thereby enhancing quality of life for our students with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS Executive Director Carol Anne McNellis, Psy.D., BCBA. “As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the much-needed support from all of our community partners to continue providing the highest quality programs and services for the youth in our care. We are truly grateful to the Connelly Foundation for awarding us this generous grant.” 

Funding from the grant will help Devereux Pennsylvania better meet the needs of the diverse populations it serves, and ultimately help prepare individuals to obtain meaningful employment, and lead productive, rewarding and socially-connected lives. The schools plan to use the funding as follows:

  • The CIDDS Learning Center, which offers a year-round, individualized academic program for residential and day students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, ages six to 21, plans to enhance its educational services with new Chromebooks, charging stations and additional reading curricula developed specifically for its students.
  • CARES, a day school for children with autism, ages five to 21, plans to obtain new iPads to support its students’ communication needs, behavioral plans and other educational development requirements.  

About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena Devereux, the organization operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults – and their families – every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement.  

With more than 7,500 employees working in programs across the nation, Devereux is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our country’s most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare. Programs are offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings. They include: assessments; interventions and support; transition and independent life services; family and professional training; research and innovation; and advocacy and public education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by a simple and enduring mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. www.devereux.org.

 

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