Intellectual Disabilities

Resources for Human Development has been serving adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and helping them lead more fulfilling lives since 1972, when it established the Lower Merion Vocational Training Center.

Today, RHD offers dozens of programs, both daylong and residential services, that include a variety of effective and innovative approaches, such as creative arts therapies, the companion model and more. Community-based programs such as On Our Own and On Our Way are specifically tailored to adults and children with autism and related behaviors, supporting their ability to develop life skills and achieve independence.

RHD specializes in creating solutions to a wide variety of community challenges. RHD’s Mainstay services, for example, provide supervised community-based residential program designed to provide a range of established and innovative rehabilitation strategies for adults with developmental disabilities and problematic sexual behaviors who are in need of clinical/forensic treatment. The program focuses on community and personal safety, accountability, competence, least restrictive alternative, normalization, due process and control.

Employee of the year

Ella, a client at RHD DeFuniak Springs, is honored for excelling at her job at a local hospital.

At the center of each program is RHD’s belief that people of all abilities are of equal worth, deserving of respect and dignity. RHD is always looking for better ways to help our partners live more fulfilling and independent lives. Take advantage of our unique, innovative approach to human services, and put our experience and enthusiasm to work for you.

For more information:

  • Grace Dempster
  • Executive Vice President
  • 215-951-0300 ext.3096
  • grace@rhd.org

Programs

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
Click here to see a complete listing of programs.
  • Adesha Village

    Adesha Village is a therapeutic community providing residential & personalized day services to adults with special mental health needs and developmental and intellectual challenges.

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  • Beyond Boundaries

    Beyond Boundaries provides community based living arrangements for individuals who have both intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental health challenges. All residents are encouraged to function as independently as possible by …

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  • Blank Canvas Studios

    Blank Canvas Studios is a creative arts program for individuals with developmental disabilities, providing people of all ability levels the opportunity to create and be celebrated for their very special …

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  • Center for Creative Works

    The Center for Creative Works is a unique, creative day service program with a focus on arts and arts based skill-building, education, in-house generated vocational opportunities and community involvement for …

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  • Choices

    Choices supports people with intellectual disabilities by assisting them in the process of reintegration to the community. Employees help people improve daily living skills, medication management, social skills training, transportation, …

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  • Community Passages

    Community Passages is a community-based residential program designed to provide a homelike environment for individuals with developmental disabilities and dual diagnoses, many of whom present significantly challenging behaviors and most …

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  • Early Intervention

    Early Intervention provides treatment for infants and toddlers, birth to three years, with developmental delays. The program has a family focus on skill training to enhance developmental skills of the …

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  • Fine Line Studios

    Fine Line Studios offers adults with disabilities an outlet for unbridled creativity and self-expression through visual arts, music, and community involvement. We provide individuals with the tools and materials to …

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  • Gaining Respect and Opportunity with Teaching and Hope (GROWTH)

    G.R.O.W.T.H. stands for Gaining Respect and Opportunity with Teaching and Hope, and provides unlicensed home and community habilitation and life sharing for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism.

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  • Genesis

    Genesis provides community-based living arrangements for people with developmental disabilities, with a focus on providing specialized supports around the individuals’ physical health care needs. Residents are encouraged to function as …

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  • Harmony

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  • Host Family Home Program

    Resources for Human Development’s Host Family Home (HFH) program develops housing and community-based support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The HFH provider is a community-based family home …

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  • IDEATE

    IDEATE is an inclusive employment organization dedicated to providing clinically guided support to individuals with barriers to getting and sustaining earning opportunities. Our mission is to support our clients to …

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  • Imagine That!

    Imagine That! is an innovative creative arts studio for people with intellectual disabilities. We offer creativity-based healing and learning opportunities for artists of all abilities, empowering people to realize their …

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  • JPHSA Mobile Crisis Services

    Mobile Crisis Service provides 24-hour crisis intervention for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. The interventions are made over the phone or in person and are provided by crisis workers and psychiatrists. RHD …

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  • JPHSA Pathways Phase II

    Pathways-Phase II is a supervised independent living program for adults with a severe and persistenet mental illness or a co-occurring disorder with mental illness as primary. The program provides 10 …

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  • Live Yes Studios

    Live Yes Studios is an alternative arts-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities that seeks to break down societal barriers and create a space where individuality is fostered. Live …

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  • Main Line Wine Gala

    The Main Line Wine Gala is presented by Resources for Human Development, celebrating the world’s most innovative winemakers in an event benefiting three of RHD’s many innovations in human services. …

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  • Mainstay Delaware

    Mainstay Delaware provides therapeutic neighborhood group homes for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. Our program goals are safe community reintegration, through improving upon daily living skills, medication …

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  • Mainstay Philadelphia

    Supervised community-based residential program designed to provide a range of established and innovative rehabilitation strategies for adults with developmental disabilities. The program focuses on community and personal safety, accountability, competence, …

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  • Mainstay United

    Supervised community-based residential program designed to provide a range of established and innovative rehabilitation strategies for adults with developmental disabilities. The program focuses on community and personal safety, accountability, competence, …

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  • Misty Harbor

    Misty Harbor is a 12-bed community group home for people with mental illness who have low stress tolerances, limited coping abilities, and possible drug and alcohol addictions. The program provides …

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  • NJ STEP

    Specialized Teams Empowering People (STEP) provides supervised community-based residential program designed to provide a range of established and innovative rehabilitation strategies for adults with intellectual disabilities. The program focuses on …

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  • Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Office

    This is RHD’s administrative office for the Lehigh Valley and Pocono region of Pennsylvania. Programs administered from this office include The Lodge; Crossroads Supportive Housing Program; Hope House; Hope Springs; …

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  • On Our Own I

    On Our Own I is a community-based program providing comprehensive residential and day services in staffed homes to adults with autism, developmental and other neurobiological disabilities, as well as medical …

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  • On Our Own II

    On Our Own II, Dual Diagnosis, is a community-based program providing comprehensive residential and day services in five staffed homes to 9 adults with intellectual disabilities and significant mental health …

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  • On Our Way

    On Our Way supports children and young adults with autism, related disabilities, and significant, challenging behaviors in a community-based residential setting. The mission of the program is to support, supervise, …

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  • Outside The Lines Studio

    The mission of Outside the Lines is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities with the tools and materials to create art and the supports to define themselves as artists. Outside …

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  • RHD Boston

    RHD Boston provides residential, day and individual supports for men and women with developmental disabilities, a dual diagnoses of mental illness and/or physical disabilities. The program focuses on a person-centered …

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  • RHD Connecticut

    This program provides residential community living arrangements, day services, and individual habilitative supports to people who have developmental disabilities in the West, South and North regions in Connecticut. Currently RHD …

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  • RHD DeFuniak Springs

    RHD DeFuniak Springs is a community-based clubhouse model and day program serving adults with developmental disabilities. Includes training in activities of daily living, pre-vocational skills, job exploration, volunteer services, work …

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  • RHD Florida Regional Office

    This is RHD’s administrative office for Florida, providing guidance and support to programs in the state.

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  • RHD General Fund

    Your donation to RHD allows the national human services organization to distribute your gift wherever the need is greatest, allowing RHD to continue developing caring, effective and innovative programs that …

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  • RHD Jacksonville

    RHD Jacksonville provides residential support, ADT and behavioral services to dually diagnosed individuals with behavioral challenges. Services and supports are aimed at enhancing adaptive skills that maximize the individual’s level …

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  • RHD Kansas City Residential

    Kansas City Residential uses the companion model which utilizes a shared home/shared life approach that provides support to adults with developmental disabilities. Within the companion approach, a person with a …

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  • RHD Mainstay South

    Supported living and day habilitation services for individuals with developmental abilities and sexual offending histories. Program offers weekly group and individual sessions facilitated by experienced clinicians.

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  • RHD Memphis

    Provides persons with developmental abilities in supportive, supervised settings the following services: residential habilitation, supported employment and personal assistance in the family home.

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  • RHD Missouri – Kansas City Office

    RHD Missouri provides supported living and day program services to people with developmental disabilities in Kansas City. The supported living program specializes in a shared home/shared life live-in companion approach, …

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  • RHD Missouri – St. Louis Office

    RHD Missouri provides supported living and day program services to people with developmental disabilities in the St Louis metropolitan area. The supported living program specializes in a shared home/shared life …

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  • RHD Nebraska-Lincoln

    RHD Nebraska-Lincoln provides residential supports to individuals with developmental disabilities in the Lincoln and Beatrice areas. RHD Nebraska specializes in providing true person-centered services to assist individuals in facilitating a …

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  • RHD Nebraska-Omaha

    RHD Nebraska-Oamaha provides residential supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. RHD Nebraska specializes in providing true person-centered services to assist individuals in facilitating a meaningful and successful life in their …

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  • RHD North Carolina

    RHD NC provides residential supports and services for adults with diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious and persistent mental illness and adults with dual diagnosis of mental illness and …

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  • RHD Rhode Island

    RHD Rhode Island is a day program that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. This creative, fun, intellectually stimulating, art-based day program provides family support services, community job development and supported …

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  • RHD South Dakota

    RHD South Dakota delivers person-centered case management services to people with intellectual disabilities, identifying resources and connecting people to those resources that are “Important To, and Important For” them. Through …

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  • RHD St. Louis Residential

    St. Louis Residential engages in the shared living model. We truly approach the companion and host family model with the idea that it is a shared home and shared life. …

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  • RHD Volusia

    RHD Volusia provides residential support and behavioral services to dually diagnosed individuals with behavioral challenges. Services and supports are aimed at enhancing adaptive skills that maximize the individual’s level of …

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  • RHD of Middle Tennessee (Nashville-Madison)

    RHD Nashville is a supervised, community-based residential program designed to provide a range of established and innovative rehabilitation strategies for adults with developmental abilities who may be at-risk or in …

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  • Residential Programs Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities & Behavioral Health

    RHD North Carolina’s Residential Programs Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities & Behavioral Health are comprehensive supportive individual apartment setting for adults with dual diagnosis of both mental illness and intellectual disabilities. …

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  • Residential Service Systems (RSS)

    RSS provides supervised living (CLA) and supported living (SLA), shared housing, individual home ownership, education, training, and clinical treatment services for men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout …

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  • Shining Through

    Shining Through is a multi-faceted community based residential program that provides community services to adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the community.   The program strives to promote …

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  • Valiant Studios

    Valiant Studios is an arts and music based program featuring artists who experience developmental disabilities, fostering growth in every artist’s passion, creativity, and individuality.

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  • Wister Street

    Wister Street provides a therapeutic residential environment for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who have some history of forensic involvement. The transitional program helps people learn social, emotional, …

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