Years of Operation:
KVOU, a non-profit agency, has provided services to adults with intellectual disabilities since 1972.
KVOU provides services to the Apollo, Vandergrift, New Kensington and Greensburg areas of Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
KVOU provides support to adults with intellectual disabilities, including those with additional mental health/and or medical needs. The age range served is early adulthood through senior years.
Licensing and budget:
KVOU provides adult residential services licensed by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Developmental Disabilities. In addition to residential services, KVOU also provides Home and Community Habilitation (Unlicensed) to adults with intellectual disabilities who have established homes in the community. The annual budget for both programs is approximately 2 million dollars.
The residential program at KVOU provides Community Living Arrangements for adults with intellectual disabilities. Our homes support two to four people with 24 hour, caring staff to assist each person achieve his or her full potential. All six of our houses are adapted for the special environmental needs of the individuals who live there, including those with mobility issues or visual impairment. Each individual has his or her own bedroom uniquely decorated with personal mementos and themes of interest. Every individual's likes, dislikes, strengths and needs are recognized and respected.
The minimal supports program at KVOU provides Home and Community Habilitation (Unlicensed) services to adults with intellectual disabilities living in the community independently or with family. Through these services individuals develop, improve or maintain the skills needed to successfully reside in their home. Such skills as personal safety, medication management, budgeting, housekeeping, socialization and the use of community resources are enhanced through real-world application. All services are tailored to the specific needs and wants of each individual to insure their health, safety and welfare.
Besides being fully trained in the support of the social, emotional and functional needs of adults with intellectual disabilities, KVOU staff is further educated in needs specific to each individual. This training includes support to those with diagnoses on the Autism spectrum and dual diagnoses of mental health and mental retardation. Staff also receive instruction on the use of feeding tubes, complex dietary requirements and eating disorders. In addition, staff are trained in complex behavioral issues relating to aggression, self-abuse and all aspects of sexual abuse. Opportunities are created for the individuals to enhance current skills and develop new ones in all areas of daily living.
Being located in a small town provides unlimited opportunities to interact at community events. Folks can attend festivals, parades, spaghetti dinners, bingo, bowling and plays. The area also offers numerous parks for picnics, walks, bike rides or fishing. Individuals participate in community groups and volunteer at business establishments, becoming a welcomed part of the community beyond their homes.