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Who We Are
Keystone Human Services works to create an environment where all people, regardless of ability, can grow, make choices and be valued and contributing members of the community.
What We Do
Keystone Human Services provides community-based services for children, adolescents, adults, and families in the areas of intellectual disabilities, autism, mental health, early intervention, and children and family services. in addition, we provide technical assistance to governments and other organizations to develop frameworks of support for people with disabilities. We also support educational efforts to promote community understanding and awareness of the value and importance of inclusion for all people in all aspects of society. We offer services and supports in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware in the United States, as well as parts of Eastern Europe and India.
“I want people to understand that we have abilities, we are part of society, and we have the same rights as others,” says Tamara Andries, a self advocate.
On September 19, she and Ludmila Jalba, an advocate for people with disabilities, share their stories during the Clinton Global Initiative. Both women have benefited from Keystone Human Services’ Commitment to Action, entitled “Disabilities: Social and Financial Inclusion for Women and Girls.” From 2013-2016, Keystone Human Services committed to create entrepreneurial and workforce opportunities for women with disabilities and caregivers of children with disabilities. As well, we assisted women and girls to leave institutions and join their communities.
Congratulations to Jerome Williams for winning the 2016 Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional of the Year Award from ANCOR! This award is given annually to the direct support professional who has been exemplary in their service. Jerome works in Keystone Human Services Intellectual Disabilities Services in Central PA. For the past 27 years, he has built trusting relationships with the people he supports and has been a strong advocate for people to live in the community and pursue their dreams.
WITF’s documentary i go home tells the history of institutionalization of people with disabilities. It’s a story of abuse and neglect, hope and reform, and the incredible resiliency of the human spirit. Although i go home focuses on Pennsylvania, similar stories can be found across the United States and the world.
Keystone Human Services President Dennis Felty and Betsy Neuville, the Director of Keystone Institute, were among the people interviewed for the film.
We encourage you to watch and share the documentary.
Keystone Human Services announces the planned retirement of Dennis Felty, Keystone’s Founding President, and the appointment of Charles Hooker III as President-Elect
As part of the planned retirement of Dennis W. Felty, Keystone Human Services’ President, the KHS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Charles J. Hooker, III was appointed as KHS President-Elect. Mr. Hooker will assume the role of Keystone’s President and Chief Executive Officer upon the transition of Mr. Felty to KHS Founding President in the fall of 2016.
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Colman, the honoree of the 2016 Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award! Bob has been a strong advocate for moving people out of institutions and into the community where they can live full, meaningful lives. Read more
Congratulations to Chuck DeHart, the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award! Chuck’s advocacy and leadership in his work with Keystone have served countless individuals. Read more
Congratulations to Jo Pepper, director of Capital Area Head Start, for receiving the 2015 Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award from the United Way of the Capital Region! This award recognizes a person who has worked for community engagement and made a significant and measurable impact in the health, education, and betterment of the community.
Congratulations to Muriel Gabriel for winning the Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional Award from ANCOR! This award is given annually to the direct support professional who has been exemplary in their service. Muriel works in Keystone Human Services Intellectual Disabilities Services and has continually exceeded expectations when it comes to supporting and advocating for the people she serves to reach their goals and live full lives in their community.
Enrollment for Head Start and Early Head Start for the 2015-2016 school year is open. If you are pregnant or have a child age 0-5, call Capital Area Head Start at 717-541-1795 to enroll.
Dennis Felty of the Elizabethtown College class of ’68 and the late Rev. Motlalepula Chabaku of the class of ’81 received the Educate for Service award last October at the President’s yearly dinner.
This year, Felty received the award for service through professional achievement. Felty dedicated his career to helping children and adults who suffer from mental illness and disabilities.
Recently, Dennis Felty, president of Keystone Human Services, talked with our Compliance Department about compliance and ethics and their role in everything we do at KHS. At its very fundamental level, compliance ensures that we are actually doing what we say we're doing. It's a balance between contractual and regulatory obligations and our ethical, vision, and values driven obligations. Compliance helps us honor our commitments to our funders and most importantly, to the people we serve.
The World Health Organization and the World Bank have partnered to produce the first ever World Report on Disability. The data shows that over one billion people are currently experiencing disability, and the report provides important evidence about effective methods of supporting people with disabilities and their families. At a time when many countries are taking steps to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this report will make a significant contribution to human services across the globe.
Did you know that everyone can work? With support from family, friends, schools, human service agencies, and businesses, people with disabilities are taking steps to find successful inclusive employment. On our new Inclusive Employment blog, we discuss the hows and whys of giving people the opportunity for inclusive employment, as well as some of the challenges. Read the blog and join the conversation.
Keystone Human Services believes that everyone can be a contributing member of society and that being employed is an important part of a person's involvement in the community. KHS provides support for individuals to use their abilities to become a vital part of the workforce. The online Employment Resource Center provides resources for employers and people seeking employment, as well as success stories of people who have successfully found and maintained employment.