Community Support Services
DDS offers adults with intellectual delays additional support through a variety of community Support Services: Habilitation, Companionship and Respite Services.


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Direct Support Professionals will provide one-to-one training for individuals to learn, maintain and improve every day living skills for living independently and to participate more fully in community life.

DDS-Direct Support Professionals may provide services in the individual's home or in the local community and may assist individuals in gaining necessary skills for daily living.

Direct Support Professionals can assist individuals in developing and maintaining financial stability by teaching general banking, home budgeting, account balancing, recordkeeping and preparing income tax records. Other services may include instruction on how to access transportation so that individuals can do their grocery shopping, attend doctor appointments and visit with family and friends.

Direct Support Professionals will explore opportunities for individuals to participate in community projects through volunteerism and community work projects.

Habilitation Services are available to individuals who are currently working with a Supports Coordinator. Interested persons should contact their Supports Coordinator and request that habilitation goals be included in the Individuals Support Plan (ISP). Goals are customized to each individual with the objective for each person to become as independent as possible.

Companion Services:

Companion services provide non-medical care, socialization, or support for adults with intellectual disabilities. This service is provided in a person's home or at various locations in the community. A DDS-Direct Support Professional will help individuals do activities like shopping, household chores, meal preparation, and accompany individuals to community functions. Companion Services provide more opportunities for individuals to live independently and to become more engaged in their community.

Companion Services are available free to individuals who are currently working with a Supports Coordinator. Interested persons should contact their Supports Coordinator and request that companion services be included as a goal in their Individuals Support Plan (ISP).


Respite Services:

Many adults with intellectual disabilities are unable to care for themselves and need the assistance of a care giver to oversee their well being. Respite services are available to provide temporary short-term assistance to primary caregiver(s), usually a family member. Using respite is very important for caregivers as caring for a loved one can be stressful, in addition to being emotionally and physically exhausting. Respite Services provides an opportunity for caregivers to have a break from their everyday duties and affords them the opportunity to address their own personal needs.

A DDS Direct Support Professional will assume the role of the primary caregiver for a for a temporary short-term assignment. DDS does not provide overnight respite services.

Respite Services are available free to families and caregivers who are currently working with a Supports Coordinator.

Supports Coordinator

In Lebanon County, individuals and families should contact either the
Case Management Unit (CMU) at 717.769.6374 or
Service Axccess Management (SAM) at 717-644-9600 to learn more about available services.