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Devereux Pocono Center

“Inspiring Hope and Empowering Lives” is more than just a motto.

This is Devereux Pocono’s guiding principle to deliver uniquely extraordinary services for exceptional people.

Devereux Pocono Programs and Services are dedicated to empowering each individual to discover their innate strengths, talents, and their potential to live a meaningful and productive life.

Located throughout Northeast Pennsylvania, Pocono Programs and Services provide a wide array of quality programs and services to children, adolescents, and adults whose needs stem from intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, mental health disorders and challenging behaviors.

Devereux Pocono
Tina Skoda, Executive Director
1547 Mill Creek Road
Newfoundland, PA 18445
(570) 839-6140

Ages: 2 through life span

Community Living, Life Sharing, Community Integrated Employment and Pre-employment, Services School to Work Transition, and Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services.

Intellectual/ development disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, autism and autism spectrum disorders, mental health/developmental disabilities combinations, and brain injury.  

Adult Services

Community Residential Services

These programs provide a natural environment with participation and integration into the community.  Individual treatment support plans are developed and can include teaching daily living skills, use of community resources, social/cultural activities, home management (i.e. meal preparation, laundry skills, money management), medication education, promoting literacy, functional communication, skill acquisition, medical/psychiatric/psychological services, counseling, and behavioral based training.  Behavioral based programs focus on teaching skills and socially adaptive behaviors.

Twenty-four hour staffing is provided in all residential programs and is composed of a Residential Manager, Program Specialist, and Direct Support Professionals.  Additionally, twenty-four hour clinical support is available.

Life Sharing Program

Life Sharing provides individuals with the opportunity to live in a natural family setting while receiving support, treatment and services to improve their quality of life and increase their independence.

Life Sharing caregiver families are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Developmental Programs after completing a thorough application process including background checks, interviews, home study and training.  Ongoing contact is maintained with biological families incorporating choices and culture into treatment.

Each individual and family is assigned a Family Specialist who supports the family in their efforts to implement outlined strategies for the individual’s goal attainment. Skill building, interventions and schedules are individualized to meet the needs of each unique person.  Components to increase independence can include daily living skills, home management, medication administration, money management, safety, communication, and community resources and activities.  Active and meaningful community integration allows for individuals to develop relationships throughout the regional community.

Respite Services

Based on the same quality programming as our residential services, respite care provides adults with a temporary living situation in a safe, caring and stimulating environment.  Respite care provides family or other caregivers with the emotional and physical relief they may need at times due to the responsibilities they assume in caring for a loved one, or due to conflict with other family or business obligations.  Respite care services are offered on a planned or emergency basis and can be offered daily, overnight, weekly or monthly as needed. 

Children’s Services

Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) 

BHRS Program serves children and adolescents up to age 21 who meet medical necessity requirements resulting from a mental health diagnosis. Services are available to children who present with social, emotional or behavioral issues, providing opportunities to receive treatment within their natural family, school, and community settings. BHRS services include a Behavioral Specialist Consultant, Mobile Therapy and Therapeutic Staff Support.

Community Integrated Employment

Pre-Employment Training

These instructional programs are designed to teach pre-employment skills, increase self-awareness and self-confidence, provide opportunities for recreation, community integration and socialization and assist individuals to achieve their highest level of independence through personal growth. Individuals have an opportunity to enhance skills while participating in paid employment endeavors such as processing products for the golf tee program, composition of the hotel amenities program and packaging of chocolates.  Communication with family members is seen as an integral part of programming and is maintained through the provision of daily communication updates for family members to increase individual success and promote the continuity of care.

Supported Employment

These services are provided to prepare and maintain an individual’s ability to be employed within the community.  Program goals are developed and include pre-employment preparation, work readiness, skill acquisition, career counseling, job seeking resources, interview skills, money management and behavior support.

School to Work Transition

This program is designed for high school students who have graduated or are preparing to graduate.  Devereux, in partnership with the student’s school system, develops a transition plan as part of the IEP process.  These plans may include skill development, and hands on training/experience in a Pre-employment experience.  Students can attend daily or weekly as desired.