Keystone Human Services’ Intellectual Disability Services is dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual disability in community-based services. We encourage long-term relationships and stress the importance of natural supports, individuality, respect, choice, and the dignity of risk. In recognizing that people with disability are members of our society and can live successfully in their own communities, we have helped reunite families and strengthen relationships. We have seen friendships flourish where none had existed. We have seen people lead lives of tremendous richness rather than deprivation.
Our mission has remained constant: To act as a change agent, creating opportunities for growth and meaningful life choices so that all people can be valued and contributing members of their communities.
Dispelling the Myth
It was once believed that some people with very challenging behaviors could not be served in their communities. Keystone recognizes that these behaviors are often symptoms of trauma and other treatable causes and has demonstrated that with intensive therapeutic supports, people previously thought to be unable to leave hospital settings can be served safely and successfully in the community.
We believe that this has been possible because of the vision of Keystone Human Services. This vision has guided us since 1972 as we developed our services and worked to create a better and safer world for everyone.
What We Do
Intellectual Disability Services serves men and women with intellectual disability, providing supports so they can make meaningful life choices and be valued, contributing members of their communities.
We provide Behavior Support Services, Community Participation Support, Life Sharing Services, Residential Services, and Supported Living Services.
Located in Pennsylvania and Delaware, Behavior Support Services are designed to increase individuals’ independence and inclusion in family and community life by increasing their adaptive behaviors and functional skills. Each person receives an individualized plan based on their strengths, challenges, and goals.
Community Participation Support provides each person with the opportunity to achieve their personally identified goals for community participation. Used as an alternative to a traditional day program, individuals and families choose the type and amount of service participation that is supported through the individual service plan. Transportation is included.
Participants live in private homes with host families, where they acquire, maintain, and improve the skills necessary to live more independently in the community and participate meaningfully in community life. Host families are responsible for providing care and support based on the person’s service plan.
Individuals live in licensed or unlicensed provider owned or rented homes, and are supported to acquire, maintain, or improve their skills to live more independently and participation meaningfully in the community.
Each person receives support to live in their own home and acquire, maintain, or improves the skills necessary to live more independently. Participation in the community and use of community resources is emphasized. Transportation is provided, with some exceptions.