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Who We Are
Keystone Human Services works to create an environment where all people, regardless of ability, can grow, make choices and be valued and contributing members of the community.
What We Do
Keystone Human Services provides community-based services for children, young people, adults and families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C., as well as parts of eastern Europe. We provide services in the areas of intellectual disabilities, autism, mental health, early intervention, and children and family services.
Congratulations to Jo Pepper, director of Capital Area Head Start, for receiving the 2015 Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award from the United Way of the Capital Region! This award recognizes a person who has worked for community engagement and made a significant and measurable impact in the health, education, and betterment of the community.
Congratulations to Muriel Gabriel for winning the Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional Award from ANCOR! This award is given annually to the direct support professional who has been exemplary in their service. Muriel works in Keystone Human Services Intellectual Disabilities Services and has continually exceeded expectations when it comes to supporting and advocating for the people she serves to reach their goals and live full lives in their community.
The 2014 recipient of the prestigious Dr. Adlestein Professional Leadership Award is Dana Olsen. This award is presented to a person who has shown exceptional leadership and advocacy for men, women, and children to live meaningful lives in the community. Through his work with the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) from 1973 to 2009, Dana served as the lead writer in the Medicaid waivers that significantly reduced the number of people in state centers. His advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities continues to this day after his retirement from State Government.
Each year, the Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award is presented to an outstanding citizen who has made significant contributions to individuals, the community, and Keystone Human Services and has played a major role in making Keystone's vision real in the lives of others. This year, Mark Ritter was honored as the recipient of this award. Mark began his career with Keystone in 1980 as a service director for Keystone's intellectual disabilities services in Harrisburg. In 1989, he volunteered to open Key Human Services in Connecticut, which has now expanded throughout the state and serves some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Although he has retired from Keystone, he continues to be a powerful advocate for vulnerable individuals throughout the community.
Enrollment for Head Start and Early Head Start for the 2015-2016 school year is open. If you are pregnant or have a child age 0-5, call Capital Area Head Start at 717-541-1795 to enroll.
Dennis Felty of the Elizabethtown College class of ’68 and the late Rev. Motlalepula Chabaku of the class of ’81 received the Educate for Service award last October at the President’s yearly dinner.
This year, Felty received the award for service through professional achievement. Felty dedicated his career to helping children and adults who suffer from mental illness and disabilities.
Recently, Dennis Felty, president of Keystone Human Services, talked with our Compliance Department about compliance and ethics and their role in everything we do at KHS. At its very fundamental level, compliance ensures that we are actually doing what we say we're doing. It's a balance between contractual and regulatory obligations and our ethical, vision, and values driven obligations. Compliance helps us honor our commitments to our funders and most importantly, to the people we serve.
The World Health Organization and the World Bank have partnered to produce the first ever World Report on Disability. The data shows that over one billion people are currently experiencing disability, and the report provides important evidence about effective methods of supporting people with disabilities and their families. At a time when many countries are taking steps to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this report will make a significant contribution to human services across the globe.
Did you know that everyone can work? With support from family, friends, schools, human service agencies, and businesses, people with disabilities are taking steps to find successful inclusive employment. On our new Inclusive Employment blog, we discuss the hows and whys of giving people the opportunity for inclusive employment, as well as some of the challenges. Read the blog and join the conversation.
Keystone Human Services believes that everyone can be a contributing member of society and that being employed is an important part of a person's involvement in the community. KHS provides support for individuals to use their abilities to become a vital part of the workforce. The online Employment Resource Center provides resources for employers and people seeking employment, as well as success stories of people who have successfully found and maintained employment.