The Arc of Beaver County

ArcLogo_Color_Pos_JPGNancy Murray, President
105 Beaver Valley Mall, Rt 18
Monaca, PA 15061
724-775-1602
fax  724-775-2905
nmurray@achieva.info
www.achieva.info

Programs: 

Advocacy and Family Support

  • All staff in our Family Support department are parents of children with disabilities and are available to provide information via phone and email
  • We provide networking opportunities for families to share experiences and support each other
  • Our staff hosts workshops and produces webinars to educate families on disability-related topics
  • For additional information contact Lori Capperis at 724-775-1602 x16 or e mail lcapperis@achieva.info

Day Camp

Click here to see the brochure for Day Camp 2017

Day Camp is designed for school-aged individuals with intellectual disabilities and is offered during the summer months. This can be used as an extended school year program for students. ACHIEVA Day Camp provides socialization and community activities during the day, including swimming, movies, pottery classes, hiking, fishing and crafts. For additional information contact Karen Vodenichar at 724-775-1602 x10 or e mail kvodenichar@achieva.info

Weekend Camps

Click here to see the brochure for Weekend Camps 2017-2018

During Weekend Camps are offered for individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). During the camp weekends, people travel to a variety of locations, including Moraine State Park, Camp Guyasuta, Oglebay, Raccoon State Park and Conley Resort. If a person required a 1:1 to ensure their health and safety, they will need to bring a hab staff at their own expense. Transportation is NOT provided to and from any of the weekend camp sites. Most camp weekends begin on Friday evening and end on Sunday morning. The cost of the two-night weekend is $310. For additional information contact Karen Vodenichar at 724-775-1602 x10 or e mail kvodenichar@achieva.info

Recreation

Click here to see the brochure for our 2017-2018 recreation events

We offer activities for individuals of all ages and all abilities, including karate, bingo, zumba, line dancing, ceramics, gardening, crafts, basketball, soccer and swimming. Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay and socialize with other parents and caregivers during the activities. If an individual needs 1:1 or other specific assistance, and adult caregiver or responsible staff person must stay for the event. All activities and events are staffed by ACHIEVA employees and volunteers.

Learn more about the activities; please contact Karen Vodenichar at 724-775-1602 x 10 or e mail kvodenichar@achieva.info

Representative Payee

A representative payee is appointed by the Social Security Administration to manage someone else’s money who cannot independently manage their own finances. A payee acts on behalf of the beneficiary and makes payments and keeps records of how an individual’s funds are used. For additional information contact Jennifer Lubert at 724-775-1602 x15 or e mail jlubert@achieva.info

Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q)

The purpose of IM4Q is to collect information by way of surveying individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve the quality of life of the people served/supported. The survey is guided by the values and principles of Everyday Lives: choice, control, quality, stability, individuality, freedom, relationships, success, contributing to the community, accountability, mentoring, collaboration and inclusion. For additional information contact Lori Capperis at 724-775-1602 x16 or e mail lcapperis@achieva.info

Educational Workshops and Webinars for Self Advocates, Families and Professionals

ACHIEVA offers many webinar topics for families and professionals of individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. A complete list of over 80 topics can be viewed at our website www.achieva.info

Trust Services for Individuals with Disabilities

  • ACHIEVA Family Trust is proud to provide the following services for individuals with disabilities and their families:
    • Case management and social work expertise to help preserve eligibility for essential government services
    • Life planning services for individuals with disabilities and their families, including planning tools, supports that augment government funded services and asset management
    • Management and distribution of funds to increase the quality of lives of individuals with disabilities, recognizing their individual preferences and capabilities
    • A personal planning guide to help families collect and update information about their loved ones
  • Reasons for a Trust
    • Individuals with disabilities and their families can use special needs trusts to supplement government supports and services provided by Medical Assistance, Medicaid Waivers and Supplemental Security Income. The Social Security Act allows assets to be held in certain kinds of trusts for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Those assets do not count when calculating if a person qualifies for government services. Creating a special needs trust helps an individual with a disability remain eligible for government services. Trusts offer some peace of mind to families trying to ensure that their loved ones are taken care of in the future.
  • Families Should Consider Establishing a Trust When……
    • Family members of an individual with a disability want to begin saving for their future
    • Family members of an individual with a disability begin to develop their estate plans
    • An individual with a disability has too many assets to remain eligible for government supports
    • An individual with a disability receives a financial settlement or inheritance that would affect his or her eligibility to receive essential government services

For additional information contact Rebecca Tyers at 412-995-5000 or e mail rtyers@achieva.info

Older Adult Protective Services (OAPS) funded by the Beaver County Office on Aging

The goal of Protective Services is to prevent, reduce or eliminate danger to the well-being and or property of elderly persons. Caseworkers investigate and intervene in cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment, exploitation and other emergency situations. This help is available in older adults in the community, as well as those in licensed facilities. The individual’s personal rights are respected and legal counseling is arranged when appropriate.

  • Criteria for Protective Services – The older person must:
    • Be age 60 and older
    • Live within Beaver County
    • Be incapacitated
    • Have one or more functional limitations
    • Need the assistance of another person to perform or obtain services necessary to maintain physical or mental health
    • Lack a responsible caregiver
    • Be in imminent risk of danger to person or property
  • Making a Report
    • Any person who has reasonable cause to believe that an older adult needs protective services may file a report
    • Mandatory reporters include administrators and staff who have reasonable cause to suspect that a recipient of care is a victim of abuse
    • Confidentiality for reports is optional
    • Emergency referral can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Call 724-775-1786 or 1-800-272-0567 to file a report
  • Signs of Abuse
    • Unexplained broken bones, untreated wounds, welts, signs of being tied up (wrists and ankles)
    • Bruises or burns, often in shapes or patterns, in various stages of healing
    • Difficulty walking due to unexplained injuries or medical condition
  • Signs of neglect
    • Lack of adequate food, clothing or shelter
    • Lack of necessary medical care
    • Lack of supervision resulting in imminent risk or danger to self
    • Lack of hygiene or housekeeping causing individual to become sick
  • Signs of Exploitation
    • Unpaid bills and lack of necessities when there is adequate income
    • Unusual withdrawals from accounts, bounced checks or forged signatures

For more information, call 724-775-1786 or e mail jhamilton@achieva.info