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Community Service Programs for Children and Adolescents

Assessment Services

Available to residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

Devereux’s Assessment Services can assist individuals and their families in:

  • Identifying challenges that can impede their success in the home, school or community settings 
  • Utilizing helpful information about relevant factors related to an individual’s challenges as well as specific recommendations to guide effective treatment 
  • Utilizing assessment options to include neuropsychological evaluation and functional based assessment 

Who Can Benefit From a
Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation/Assessment?

Children and Adolescents:

  • Assess presence and type of learning disability
  • Diagnosis of Attention Disorders
  • Advanced placement of gifted students
  • Evaluate learning strengths and styles
  • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Assess the nature of developmental disability
  • Identify Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Assess emotional and psychiatric disorders

How is Evaluation Helpful?

Devereux Programs for ChildrenDiagnosis: Neuropsychological evaluation is an outstanding tool for differential diagnosis (i.e., clarifying which diagnoses from which an individual truly suffers).

Treatment:  A profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses can help to guide behavioral occultation and therapeutic interventions.  Neuropsychological techniques can also be used to treat many disorders. Cognitive Rehabilitation is one rehabilitation technique used to improve concentration, problem solving, social skills, and memory after a brain injury or stroke. Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling can assist an individual and the family in adjusting to or compensating for deficits.

Who can benefit from a Functional Assessment?

Children and Adolescents:

  • Who display challenging behavioral concerns in home, school and/or community setting
  • Who display deficits in prosocial skills

How is the Assessment Helpful?

Guides Behavioral Treatment Interventions:  The report will summarize information that will be helpful in developing an effective intervention plan for teaching individuals the necessary skills in order to be to be successful as well as the best approaches to decrease challenging behaviors. 

Contact Crissy Auger, Program Coordinator, for more information

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Case Management

The goal of Community Services of Devereux’s Case Management Program is to provide individuals and their families with the resources needed to function properly within the community. Through this program, the assessment and coordination of services are designed to meet an individual’s needs.

Community Services of Devereux’s Case Management Program provides services to individuals between the ages of 2 and 21 years old.

The Case Management Program offers two levels of care—Blended Case Management and Resource Coordination.   These programs are designed for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses or emotional disorders. An individualized service plan focuses upon an individual’s strengths and needs. The individualized plan guides the choices of suitable resources for mental health, education, housing, finances, employment, healthcare, legal aid, and socialization.

Blended Case Management (BCM): Through this program, individuals are required to meet with a case manager two times per month to ensure the effectiveness of the program. A 24-hour on-call service is available for individuals and their families for emergency crisis situations.

Resource Coordination: This program is offered for the individual who does not need the intensity and frequency of care that the Blended Case Management program offers. The individual is required to meet with a case manager a minimum of once per month. A 24-hour on-call service is available for individuals and their families for emergency crisis situations.

Contact Alex D'Annunzio for more information

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Devereux CARES

Devereux CARES

Devereux CARES is a state-of-the-art school for children, adolescents and young adults with autism located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  CARES is one of only a few Approved Private Schools (APS) in Pennsylvania using an Applied Behavior Analysis instructional approach that serves children with autism who have severe behavioral problems and cognitive challenges.  The primary goal of Devereux CARES is to provide children, adolescents and young adults with the necessary tools to become well balanced, productive and contributing members of society.

abby caresWithin a highly structured environment, CARES teachers, aides and clinical staff help each child with autism achieve personal levels of growth and independence through specialized educational courses that are developed to enhance all aspects of the individual’s life. Educational areas include communication, social and daily living (self-care and domestic) skills, academics, recreational, community-based and vocational programs. Through these programs, individuals acquire the skills necessary to develop a sense of self and gain confidence.

Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are created to increase functional, adaptive skills while decreasing socially inappropriate behaviors.  Our experienced team works with family members/guardians on a regular basis to review and maintain a plan that enables the individual to reach his or her fullest potential.  Reviews are an ongoing process and used to measure the individuals progress, and they are revised when necessary.

Visit the Devereux CARES website

Contact Bethany Bates, Principal, for more information

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Devereux CARES Consultants

Devereux CARES Consultants help enable all those who touch the lives of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders to learn and duplicate research-based educational strategies to improve the quality of life for each child in all settings—home, school and community. 

Devereux has partnered with school districts, intermediate units and families across the region by providing workshop trainings, conferences, ongoing consultation, and program development.  These activities are highlighted by our three-day summer conference for educators, our series of two-day trainings for wrap-around staff (training over 1200 staff over the past five years), and assisting school districts in developing appropriate programs for their students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

CARES Consultants are professionals that have dedicated their lives to help students, education professionals and families reach their full potential by offering training that changes the lives of children and their support networks. These experienced consultants are sought after as the best in their fields.  All consultants:

  • Possess Master’s or Doctorate Degrees in Psychology, Education or related fields
  • Have extensive experience working with children as well as consulting with schools and families.
  • Utilize an instructional model based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Implement effective programs for growing school districts of students that had traditionally had been placed in Approved Private Schools.
  • Offer assistance beyond workshops and in-service training alone – to lead to long-term positive change in staff performance and student gains – via a developed model that includes performance checklists, and team supervision meetings to ensure a more consistent application of instructional techniques.

Visit the Devereux CARES Consultants website 

Contact Kristen M. Villone, Ph.D, D-BCBA, Director, for more information

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Family Based Services

Available to residents of Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties

Family Services & Case ManagementThis program is provided for individuals between the ages of 2 and 21 years of age who have a severe mental illness or emotional disturbance. The goal of the Family Based Services Program is to keep individuals facing the possibility of placement in residential treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, or foster placements in their own homes and communities. Family Based Mental Health Services address an individual’s symptomatic behaviors and/or the dysfunction of the family system that threatens the option of in-home care.

This program incorporates families/caregivers in the treatment process to ensure an individual’s positive involvement at home, school or within the community. To reach this goal, parents are taught effective management skills and coping mechanisms to improve the individual’s well being. This program will help the individual become successful in school, follow directions at home, develop and maintain positive relationships within the community, accomplish age-defined developmental goals, and reach expected emotional, social and academic achievements.

Contact Gary English for more information 

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Outpatient Services

Available to residents of Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties

Devereux’s outpatient program is available for individuals between the ages of 2 and 19 years-old. This community-based program provides mental health treatment for individuals diagnosed with depression, pervasive development disorder, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar disorder, and poor impulse control. This program was designed to work with individuals and their families in order to correct and/or modify inappropriate behaviors that are directed at the family or community.

Two types of therapy are available:

  1. Individual Therapy: The goal is to identify an individual’s behavioral challenges in order to develop and encourage the use of coping skills that will enhance the individual’s strengths. Individual therapy is offered to the individual who would benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, skills training, and psych-educational therapy.

    Individual therapy sessions typically occur once a week for one hour, although they can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours. An individualized treatment plan is created and implemented based upon the specific needs of each individual.
  2. Family Therapy: The goal is to identify and eliminate dysfunctional family patterns. Treatments used during therapy sessions include: parent training/education, family system therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. During therapy, parents/caregivers are provided with parenting strategies and techniques that enable them to care for individuals within their communities.

    Therapy occurs once a week for one hour, although sessions can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Contact Tarah Sellers for more information 

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School-Based Social Services Program*

Available to residents of Philadelphia through the school district

Devereux’s School Based Social Services program provides support to students experiencing barriers to learning because of social/behavioral issues and embraces the belief that medical, psychological, economic and social issues should not prevent students from achieving success in school. 

Services are coordinated on a daily basis by a Resource Specialist, whose main goal is to assist the schools in supporting families facing challenges that may prevent their children from achieving academically.  Such as behavioral issues include: truancy, depression, disruptive family situations, learning challenges, homelessness, and involvement with the child welfare/juvenile justice system.  Through open-door policies, they serve as a central point of contact for students and families, facilitate group interventions and support a positive holistic school climate.

Devereux provides School-Based Social Services to 49 of the city’s schools.

Contact Mike Moleski, Director of School-Based Services, for more information 

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* School-Based Social Services has not been funded by the School District of Philadelphia for academic year 2012-2013.

Treatment Foster Care (TFC)

Available to residents of Philadelphia County

The goal of Treatment Foster Care is to provide therapeutic services to individuals between the ages of 6 to 18 who show signs of severe emotional and behavioral disorders. The ideal candidate for this program would be a child or adolescent who may be at risk of institutional placement or who may have had unsuccessful traditional foster care experiences.

All foster families undergo rigorous screening and testing before admission into the program.  They are expected to complete 30 hours of pre-service training and 24 hours of annual training after they become foster parents.  Devereux’s full-time trainer delivers ongoing education monthly in the homes of our parents, enabling the education to be personalized to each foster family. Devereux’s ongoing support and involvement with the foster family ensures effective treatment of the child.

Foster families play an influential role in children’s lives, providing consistency, support, structure, and attentiveness. All of these factors enable the individual to be cared for in a stable and constructive home environment.

Contact Sherri Fay, Program Supervisor, for more information

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Wrap Around Services

Available to residents of Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

Community Services for Children and AdolescentsSince 1998, Devereux has been providing Wrap Around Services to children and adolescents in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.  Devereux Wrap Around Services are provided to individuals between the ages of 2 and 21 with the goal of supporting the individual in his or her home, school and community with behavioral interventions.  The Wrap Around team works to transfer skills to the individual’s natural supports.

To qualify for services, an individual must meet criteria for medical assistance and have a primary psychiatric diagnosis as well as be at risk for a more restrictive placement.

Our staff works as a team—Behavioral Specialist Consultant, Mobile Therapist, Therapeutic Staff Support and Case Manager—with the individual’s family members to provide them with the tools needed to help the individual succeed in his or her natural environment.

The Behavioral Specialist Consultant:

  • Works with family, school staff and other treatment team members to design a behavioral support plan that will meet the needs of the individual and family
  • Provides assessment, program design and monitors treatment interventions
  • Serves as a consultant to the Therapeutic Staff Support

Mobile Therapist:

  • Identifies the strengths and needs of the child and his or her family
  • Determines the need for any necessary family support services
  • Develops a crisis plan with other involved professionals and the family

The Therapeutic Staff Support:

  • Implements interventions according to the individual’s behavioral support plan as developed by the Behavioral Specialist Consultant
  • Works with the individual and/or teacher to eliminate socially inappropriate behavior
  • Supports caregivers in providing immediate rewards to consequences for behavior
  • Helps the individual participate in activities specified in the treatment plan
  • Records data and charts the progress of the individual’s goals
  • Transfers appropriate interventions to the child, family and/or teacher through collaboration                     

 The Case Manager:

  • Schedules psychological evaluations
  • Coordinates team meetings
  • Assesses community resources
  • Coordinates services
  • Ensures quality of services

Contact Crissy Auger, Program Coordinator, for more information  

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Autism Transition Handbook

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Autism Transition Wiki

More information about transition planning can be found at Devereux's Autism Transition Handbook wiki. This online resource, which includes a Facebook page and Twitter feed, is updated regularly, and provides comprehensive information on the transition to adulthood. Learn More »

 

Community Service Programs for Adults

Assessment Services

Available to residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

Devereux’s Assessment Services can assist individuals and their families in:

  • Identifying challenges that can impede their success in work, home, school or community settings. 
  • Utilizing a comprehensive assessment approach, our staff can provide helpful information about relevant factors related to person’s challenges as well as specific recommendation to guide effective treatment. 
  • Utilizing assessment options to include neuropsychological evaluation and functional based assessment. 

Who Can Benefit From a
Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation/Assessment?

Transition-Aged Adolescents 

  • Assess presence and type of learning disability
  • Diagnosis of Attention Disorders
  • Advanced placement of gifted students
  • Evaluate learning strengths and styles
  • Diagnosis Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Assess the nature of developmental disability
  • Identify Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Assess emotional and psychiatric disorders

Adults:

  • Determine the level of functioning after traumatic brain injury
  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disorder and other causes of dementia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Depression
  • Anoxia (oxygen deprivation)
  • Stroke or Aneurysm

How is Evaluation Helpful?

Diagnosis: Neuropsychological evaluation is an outstanding tool for differential diagnosis (i.e., clarifying which diagnosis(s) an individual truly suffers from.)

Treatment:  A profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses can help to guide behavioral occultation and therapeutic interventions.  Neuropsychological techniques can also be used to treat many disorders. Cognitive Rehabilitation is one rehabilitation technique used to improve concentration, problem solving, social skills, and memory after brain injury or stroke. Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling can assist an individual and the family in adjusting to or compensating for deficits.

Who can benefit from a Functional Assessment?

Individuals:

  • Who display challenging behavioral concerns in home, school and/or community settings
  • Who display deficits in prosocial skills

How is the Assessment Helpful?

Guides Behavioral Treatment Interventions:  The report will summarize information that will be helpful in developing an effective intervention plan for teaching the individual the necessary skills to be successful as well as the best approaches to decrease challenging behaviors. 

Contact Crissy Auger, Program Coordinator, for more information

Click here for map and directions

Devereux Pocono Center - Adult Services

Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP)

Available to residents of Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

Devereux’s CAAPP effort provides community-based state-of-the-art support services to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  The primary goal will be to provide instruction and support across work, community, college, and home environments that will facilitate consumers in becoming productive, socially connected and personally fulfilled members of their local communities. 

CAAPP focuses on increasing independence and enhancing the quality of life for transition-aged teens and adults across the autism spectrum. Independence is achieved through a combination of assessment, positive behavior support planning and community-based instruction.

Individualized Support Plans (ISPs) are developed in collaboration with the individual’s family/caregiver and anyone else that can contribute to the betterment of the individual.  The goals of the individual’s plan are designed to meet specific needs.  Goals can be changed at anytime during the program to increase effectiveness and better meet the needs of the individual. During the program, data is collected and analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of the individual’s plan.

To ensure independence, CAAPP services are provided where the individual spends the most time. These places include home, work and the community.  Social interaction is created through opportunities within the community, and interaction with peers and is highly encouraged.

CAAPP helps individuals seek out and maintain appropriate employment opportunities. This is achieved through job assessment, job finding and job coaching in conjunction with the Community Supported Employment Program.

CAAPP’s primary funding is provided through the PA Waiver.  This includes the Adult Autism Waiver, OBRA, Consolidated Waiver-P/FDS Waiver and School District Funding.  Private pay is also accepted.  CAAPP staff is available to assist families with their questions about funding.

Contact Maggie Haag, Program Director by email, or phone (610) 873-4970 for more information.

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Community Supported Employment Program

Available to residents of Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

The Community Supported Employment Program was created to assist individuals with disabilities including autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities among other diagnoses acquire and maintain competitive and personally rewarding employment in the community.

The overall goal of Community Supported Employment (CSE) is to achieve independence that is appropriate and comfortable for the individual within his or her community-based employment position by utilizing natural supports such as co-workers and supervisors.  As the individual develops confidence and acquires the skills needed to maintain employment, job coaching is faded as appropriate.

Stories of Hope - MoskoJob assessments are conducted to identify an individual’s strengths, preferences and areas of need. Employment Specialists work with individuals on resume building, interview skills, job placement, and employment-related social interactions.  Support staff is then used to assist the individual with maintaining their employment. Ongoing communication between the Employment Specialist and employers help determine any problems or issues an individual may encounter while working.

CSE’s primary funding is provided through the Adult Autism Waiver, OBRA, Consolidated Waiver-P/FDS Waiver and Base funding for individuals with residential placement.  Private pay is also accepted.  CSE staff is available to assist families with their questions about funding.

Our individuals currently work in a variety of work settings, including:

(Employers)

  • 24/7 Fitness
  • Acme Markets (Devon)
  • Chester County Animal Hospital
  • CPCU (KOP)
  • Devereux
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Mr. Stewart's Gym
  • Rite Aide Pharmacy (Devon & King of Prussia)
  • SSC Services (Montgomery Mall)
  • Wegman's (Malvern)
  • Woodlynde School

(Volunteer Sites)

  • Aston Library
  • Devereux
  • Hospis Inspirus

Devereux also employs individuals in various areas of its own operations, including food service, animal assisted therapy and office settings.

Contact Maggie Haag, Program Director by email, or phone (610) 873-4970 for more information.

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In Home Services

Available to residents of Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

The In Home Services program uses trained staff to provide care for adults with intellectual disabilities within their homes and communities.  The program is designed to help individuals gain independence in their homes and within their local communities. The program offers opportunities for individuals to participate in community-based instruction, recreation and leisure activities, social activities with other program participants and any skills in the home they need to work on to become more independent. Positive behavior support planning is also available to individuals whose funding supports that service.

Funding for In Home Services is provided through the OBRA, Consolidated Waiver-P/FDS Waiver and Commcare or Independence (OLTL Waivers).  Private pay is also accepted.  Staff is available to assist families with questions about funding.

Contact Maggie Haag, Program Director, for more information

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Autism Transition Handbook

Autism Wiki Twitter Autism Transition Facebook Autism Transition Handbook

Autism Transition Wiki

More information about transition planning can be found at Devereux's Autism Transition Handbook wiki. This online resource, which includes a Facebook page and Twitter feed, is updated regularly, and provides comprehensive information on the transition to adulthood. Learn More »

 

 

 


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