What is Community Skills Program®?
Community Skills Program® is a private, non-residential community reentry program founded in 1981 to serve the needs of people with brain injuries. In addition to serving persons with various neurological impairments, our services have also been requested and provided to persons with developmental disorders (for example, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders). Community Skills Program is now in its 35th year of continuous operation.
Our mission as an enterprise is to provide, through professional services, a therapeutic milieu for each person served to achieve and maintain the equilibrium in life necessary to engage in and sustain productive pursuit. We envision the crafting of our services at a high level of quality, such that they become a model for rehabilitation services. We envision the day that it will be commonplace to see individuals who are challenged by mental and physical impairments participating at all levels and in all aspects of American life where productive people work, play, and enjoy the fruits of full citizenship.
Community Skills Program® is a post-acute rehabilitation program aimed at community integration. Services take place following discharge from inpatient, day hospital, or outpatient services, or in conjunction with day hospital or outpatient services.
Community Skills Program has offices in Marlton, New Jersey, and in Philadelphia and Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and a part-time arrangement for space in Wormleysburg, PA. However, since the thrust of Community Skills Program is community integration, our staff work one-on-one with their clients in their clients' homes/communities to enable them to maximize self-directed, responsible behavior, live as independently as possible in the community, and achieve a satisfactory or better quality of life. Therefore, the location of our services is wherever our clients live. Our offices are for administrative purposes and for some group activities for clients (for example, our Vocational Adjustment Group in Philadelphia) and staff.
Although Community Skills Program initially served primarily persons with moderate to severe closed head injuries, the benefits of its treatment model led to referrals of persons with mild traumatic brain injury and other neurologic impairments (such as penetrating gunshot wounds, anoxia, post-concussion syndrome, brain tumors, encephalitis, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy), learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and mental health issues.
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