Residential Services

NHS provides homes for people with intellectual disabilities in diverse communities. Although these types of services must meet state regulations, there is a great deal of flexibility in the way these homes are designed and operated. Support personnel encourage and follow a person-centered approach. A team consisting of the individual, family, friends, and other interested parties meets to determine necessary supports and how the person wishes to spend his or her leisure time. People living in our community homes are involved in meaningful daytime activities such as employment or volunteer work.

Family/Shared Living

The Family/Shared Living program is designed to offer an alternative living situation to a person with developmental disabilities. Individuals in the program choose a family and/or individual they want to live with in an apartment or house. Individuals become part of a family, thus each relationship is different and unique. Individuals in the Family/Shared Living program are afforded optimal opportunities for involvement in the family and community. Individuals in the program usually range in age from 12-70, and services are open to anyone with a developmental disability diagnosis.

Supported Living

Supported Living provides a system of support for individuals who require more support than minimal supervision, but less than group home living. Supported Living enables individuals to choose their own place to live and receive the support to succeed. The Supported Living program provides an excellent transitional system of support for adults living in Community Living or Family Living homes who are able to reside more independently and handle their own room and board costs. Supported Living services are available for anyone with a diagnosis of mental retardation between ages 18-70, who require less than 30 hours of support per week.

Respite Care

The Respite Care program provides short term, temporary living arrangements to families caring for a person with disabilities. These services can occur in the home of the individual, or at home or facility operated by NHS. Respite Care is also offered during afternoon or evening hours at some of NHS' Drop-In centers.

Community Living

The Community Living program provides a home to a group of individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation who need high levels of staff support. Individuals receiving Community Living services are involved in meaningful daytime activities, including employment, volunteer work, social and community activities, and training programs. The Community Living program is designed to offer self-directed opportunities for community life for individuals with intellectual disability.

Community Houses Special Population

The Community Living Program provides homes to individuals with significant needs in addition to a developmental disability or mental retardation. These additional needs may be related to a diagnoses mental illness, autism, or complex medical and physical needs that require higher levels of staff support, staff with special training or additional professional support including therapies, behavioral support or nursing. Individuals receiving services in Community Living Medical Homes are involved in meaningful daytime activities, provided in and out of their home environment, with an emphasis on community inclusion and self-determination.

Intermediate Care Facility of the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR)

The Intermediate Care Facility of the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR) is a community-based residential program that provides active treatment services to individuals who are mentally retarded, or persons with related conditions, in a home-like setting. The ICF/MR homes, which usually house 4-7 individuals, provide a higher level of support and care for individuals with complex medical needs and challenging behaviors. The goal of the ICF/MR is to help individuals achieve their maximum potential, as they maximize involvement in their community.

NHS also operates Woodhaven Center, a state owned facility which serves 105 adults in Northeast Philadelphia, PA.