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Community programs at Developmental Programs of Philadelphia


In the Developmental Programs division, we believe all individuals with mental retardation have both the right and the choice to live safely in the community. Our trained staff takes a person-centered approach to understand the services that best fit your needs. The Developmental Programs division offers both Residential and Community Based Services programs.

Getting Started

Prior to meeting with us, you must first register with the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia or with a County Office of Mental Retardation (for Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties). When you phone the Department or Office, ask to speak with someone in "Intake" or "Registration." Following registration, you will be able to choose an Independent Supports Coordinator (ISC) Unit who will help you locate appropriate programs and services.

Community Based Services Programs

The Developmental Programs division offers four different options to support individuals with developmental disabilities who live at home or in the community.

Community Living Arrangement (CLA) - Individuals reside in apartments and/or homes throughout the community. One to three individuals receive around-the-clock staff supervision, support and services while in residence. The level of support is based on their safety, medical, behavioral and recreational needs.

Life Sharing through Family Living - Individuals with mental retardation are matched with, and live with, an unrelated companion, couple or family residing in the community. Host families and Family Living staff provide training, supervision and support.

In-Home Support Services - These supports enable families to continue to serve their family member in their own home and allows each family to recruit and chose a staff person. The staff must qualify to provide such support. Services may range from providing for the individual's health and safety while the family is not available, to a more intense, habilitative support. This person is paid by the hour or day (respite care: 24 hours or more) by the Developmental Programs division.

Community Outreach Program (COP) - This program offers supports and life enriching programs to adults with developmental disabilities and to their families, while the individual lives at home or in the community. A socialization component of COP greatly enriches the quality of life for the individuals with developmental disabilities. An educational component helps provide both short-term and long-term solutions for home and community living. Community inclusion outings unite the COP member with the community.