PAHrtners Deaf Services offers residential programs to adults with psychological, behavioral health and/or intellectual challenges. We provide highly individualized residential services, in a community setting, on a 24-hours a day, seven days a week basis.
Residents live in a supportive atmosphere amongst peers, but receive staff services and oversight as determined by the individual resident’s needs and functioning level. Each resident’s care is overseen by the interdisciplinary treatment team, which includes: the resident, residential support services, case management, therapeutic and psychiatric services, a nurse and family members. In addition, we collaborate with outside service providers as needed.
The goal of the residential program is to provide Deaf individuals with a community-based home that offers the level of care they need, promotes independence and teaches necessary living skills. Residents are integrated into the Deaf community as well as their local community at large. Participants in the residential program may work, attend PAHrtners’ Partial Hospitalization Program or engage in other educational activities.
Residents receive support with:
- Money management
- participate in their own medical care
- cook/grocery shop
- navigate public transportation systems
- utilize assistive technologies relating to hearing loss
Residents are provided a home where they can communicate freely with apartment-mates, support staff and neighbors. Apartments with one, two or three bedrooms are available. Some of our homes are barrier-free for residents with mobility needs.
Our Deaf-friendly apartments are equipped with:
- Interconnected smoke and fire alarms with strobe lights that automatically notify the local fire department
- Different colored strobe lights to alert residents when the front doorbell, bedroom doorbell, bathroom doorbell, or house TTY rings
- Videophone, video relay service, internet, email, and fax machine equipment
The residential program staff are primarily Deaf/HoH. All staff members are fluent in American Sign Language, are knowledgeable in Deaf culture and have experience working with Deaf individuals with psychological challenges, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities.
PAHrtners’ residential programs are licensed by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) or the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP).
PAHrtners Residential Program is CARF accredited.