Housing Supports for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities:
Bell Socialization Services began offering intellectual disability (ID) services in 1977.
Since 1988, Bell’s ID department has been providing structured residential opportunities for intellectually disabled adults needing intensive support and specialized housing accommodations in order to live successfully in the greater York/Hanover area community.
The primary goal of Bell’s ID residential program is to help individual participants explore their utmost potential and to integrate into the community-at-large to the fullest extent possible.
Residents are encouraged to develop their individual interests, making personal choices about activities and programs outside the home environment. They are encouraged to stretch and expand outside of their social “comfort zones” to pursue activities and programs as far as their skills and abilities will allow them.
While programs such as Special Olympics are very important and helpful to some, individuals are encouraged to go beyond these specialized areas and try new activities with people outside of their own peer group. Staff offer guidance and support to help residents develop appropriate social skills, for example, learning and understanding how to interact with others in a variety of settings and incorporating appropriate “boundaries” into their social interactions.
Residential program staff provide 24/7 support, supervision, and training in daily living skills, social skills, personal hygiene, and medication administration.
Each home is run by a Supervisor, who is ultimately responsible for managing the staff and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the home. Supervisors, in turn, report directly to a Residential Program Specialist, who is responsible for overseeing the operations of four or five homes.
Case management for residents is provided by Supports Coordinators with the York County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Program. This partnership helps to ensure appropriate and consistent coordination and integration of services to develop uniform goals for each individual, who is likely to be receiving services from several providers, in addition to Bell. This system helps all providers to be “on the same page” in meeting individuals’ needs in regard to residential, social, sports, employment, medical, and psychological concerns.
Read more about the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) licensing and inspection process of Bell’s IDRS homes.
Current Job Openings in the ID Residential Services Program