Northeast Pennsylvania Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices
Since 1970, Resources for Human Development has been serving adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and helping them lead more independent, fulfilling lives.
RHD’s Northeast PA IDD Division offers residential and day services, employing a variety of effective, innovative approaches and creating unique solutions to community challenges. At the center of each program is RHD’s belief that people of all abilities are of equal worth, deserving respect, and dignity.
RHD Lifesharing program offers community-based residential services, unlicensed home & community habilitation, and respite services for people with intellectual developmental disabilities and/or autism. Host families share their homes and life experiences with carefully matched individuals. The Lifesharing provider is a community-based, family-oriented home that offers people the ability to participate and contribute to the household while promoting personal growth and independence. The Lifesharing providers receive extensive support, training, and ongoing oversight to support and assist the individual in service. This supportive environment empowers individuals through the development of skills and coordination of resources, in accordance with person-centered practices.
Mainstay United offers a range of residential, behavioral, and independent living skills support, within a rehabilitative model, for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The program specializes in helping people who have a history of problematic sexual behavior by incorporating clinically centered practices into everyday living. Mainstay United uses trauma-informed and person-centered positive approaches to address risk-reduction for the community and to assist individuals in gaining independence. There are currently 14 homes and 23 individuals being served in the Lehigh Valley area.
GROWTH (Gaining Respect & Opportunities with Teaching and Hope) Community Participation Supports (CSP) is non-facility based and provides the opportunity for individuals to achieve their goals for community life in a variety of integrated community locations. The consumer is encouraged to explore and develop their interests with the intention of creating and sustaining a network of natural supports. Community Participation Supports are used as an alternative to a traditional day program and can be pre-vocational, leading to employment.
Evergreen is a community-based program providing comprehensive residential and day services in staffed homes. The program was created to support adults with autism, dual diagnoses of intellectual disabilities and mental illness, developmental disorders, and other neurobiological disabilities, significant mental health issues, as well as medical complications. Emphasis is placed on developing communication skills, building social supports, enhancing daily living skills, supporting the community and social integration, providing trauma-based therapies, and mental health stabilization—with the goal of increased independence and participation within the community. There are currently 22 homes and 38 individuals being served in the Lehigh Valley area.