SERVICES

Step By Step, Inc. offers a broad spectrum of programs administered by a multi-disciplined staff of professionals with a singular focus on improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The agency recognizes the ability of people with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and autism to live independently in their own home with responsive supports. Services are provided to individuals without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, (including limited English proficiency), age or sex.

Step By Step, Inc. is proud of the supports it provides and the contribution it has made in the Community Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities field.


Community Homes

We provide a community residence and 24-hour supervision for one to four individuals with intellectual disability. Specific goals are developed for each individual according to his or her strengths or needs. Assistance and training is provided in basic skills necessary for daily living: communication, meal preparation, laundry, socialization and recreational skill development.


Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals
with Intellectual Disabilitie
s

These facilities are specialized residences where individuals with intellectual disability can receive intensive support services and can experience and learn a range of traditional daily living skills. Services are developed and provided by an Interdisciplinary Team consisting of professionals in the fields of social services, psychology, psychiatry, and medicine, nursing, nutrition, speech pathology, physical therapy and developmental disability services.

Life Sharing

This service is a residential option available to individuals with intellectual disability. Support is provided to no more than two individuals in the private home of a person/family. This program can offer an alternative to typical residential placements. The Family Living Sponsor agrees to provide long-term personal care, support and assistance to individuals as they join their home as a fully participating member.

Older Adult Day Program

This service offers a creative new approach to day services for mature adults (seniors) with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities. It offers participation in community volunteer and community inclusion opportunities. The ADT service is an employment and pre-employment training program for adults with developmental disabilities. It offers training in vocations such as: housekeeping/janitorial, office skills, manual labor, human services, horticulture, retail and simple kitchen skills. Individuals are given the opportunity to refine their skills through volunteer and employment opportunities.

Adult Training Facility (ATF)

This service is an employment and pre-employment training program for adults with developmental disabilities. It offers training in vocations such as: housekeeping/janitorial, office skills, manual labor, human services, horticulture, retail and simple kitchen skills. Individuals are given the opportunity to refine their skills through volunteer and employment opportunities.

Day Option Services

Day Options Program is a non-traditional, alternate program that focuses on the individual with intellectual disability finding valued roles in his/her community. Most of the day is spent in the community doing volunteer work, seeking employment, working on life skills, and being involved in recreational and leisure activities.

Home and Community Habilitation

Home Based Services is a community support program the serves individuals with intellectual disability who are living at home in the community with family or friends. This program provides the coordination and delivery of crucial services needed to help the individual to continue living at home as well as provides support services to their families.

Respite (Hourly & Daily)

Respite Services are provided to give relief and support to family members and care givers. The reasons for using Respite can vary greatly. Some examples include families/care givers who schedule respite service to relax and rejuvenate. With a brief break in care, they are refreshed as they begin providing care for their family member again. Respite is also a valued service when one family member or care giver becomes ill and/or is hospitalized. The family can be assured that the individual is well cared for in Respite Services while the family addresses their own medical needs.

The individual’s participation in community activities and day or employment services continues as normal while receiving respite services.

Respite Services can occur in the individual’s private home, or may be provided at an alternative home licensed by DPW.

Respite Services can be short term (hourly) or can be provided for one or multiple days (daily).

Behavioral Supports

Services include functional assessment, development of strategies to support the individual based upon assessment, and the provision of training individuals, staff, relatives and caregivers. Completed on 1:1 basis between individual and behavior support professional with a Master's Degree or under the direction of someone with a Master's Degree.

Supported Employment Services
(Job Assessment, Job Finding and Job Supports)

The Supported Employment Services is designed to assist individuals with disabilities or severe disabilities exercise choice and self-determination in obtaining, learning to perform and maintaining a competitive job, in a fully integrated setting, as minimum wage or above. On-going supports are provided as necessary. Job Finding and Job Supports are the two components of Supported Employment Services provided to individuals who, because of their disabilities, need support to perform in a work setting. Staff will assist individuals with interview assistance, employer outreach and orientation; resume preparation, job searching and preparation for job tasks. Once paid employment has been secured, staff will assist with training in a job assignment, periodic follow-up or ongoing support with individuals and their employers in integrated community work settings. All job finding and job support activities are a direct service to one individual at a time.


Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services
for Children and Adolescent
s

Services include functional assessment, development of strategies to support the individual based upon assessment, and the provision of training individuals, staff, relatives and caregivers. Completed on 1:1 basis between individual and behavior support professional with a Master's Degree or under the direction of someone with a Master's Degree.

Community Residential Rehabilitation

Residential Habilitation assists individuals in acquiring, retaining, and improving the communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help, and adaptive skills necessary to reside in the community. This service includes any necessary assistance in performing activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living. Residential Habilitation is provided in licensed facilities not owned by the individual or their family.

Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Services
(Co-Occurring MH/D&A), Mental Health Counseling, & Psychiatric Services

The Outpatient Program provides individual and/or group treatment to those individuals who are at risk or dependent upon legal or illegal substances and/or have a mental health diagnosis.  The program also provides education and support necessary to assist individuals in their efforts to live a substance free lifestyle, and reduce or eliminate symptoms of the mental illness.  The program uses all modalities, techniques, and procedures generally accepted by the profession for treating drug, alcohol, and addictive problems, including Suboxone treatment.

How do I become eligible for this service? Individuals age 18 and older who reside in Lehigh or Northampton County, are at risk or dependent upon legal or illegal substances, and have a mental health diagnosis are eligible for this service.

How can I pay for this service?
• Medical Assistance (Magellan)
• County authorization (Lehigh County D&A only)
• Private Pay

Step By Step has a centralized Intake for ALL of our Behavioral Health Services. Referrals need to be faxed to 610.882.2497, and email for general inquiries.



Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services assists individuals, 18 years or older, who have functional disabilities resulting from mental illness to develop, enhance and/or retain: psychiatric stability, social competencies, personal adjustment and/or independent living competencies in order to experience success and satisfaction in their environment of choice. Services are: generally short term and based upon individual goals, provided on a weekly basis (up to six hours/week), provided in the person’s home, an educational setting or other community setting and are on an individual (1:1 basis) and are face-to-face.

Supported Independent Living

Supported Living services are designed to provide active support, assistance and advocacy to individuals with intellectual disability and mental illness living on their own in their home or apartment. The goal of the program is to help individuals maintain their community independence.

Supported Housing

Supported housing-managed residence provides safe and affordable housing. It promotes community integration while providing opportunities to enhance skills needed to maintain long term self-determined independent living.


Fairweather Lodge

The Fairweather Lodge program, located in Allentown, is a research driven, recovery oriented housing model for persons with mental health disorders. The model consists of shared housing and an employment component for persons with mental health disorders. The goal is to provide a home in which members emphasize group cohesion, bonding and support as a foundation for recovery and wellness. Members focus on individual recovery and a commitment to the greater good of all lodge members. Employment and financial independence are cornerstones of the Lodge Model.


Specialized Autism Support Program (SASP)

The Specialized autism Support Program (SASP) is to provide an efficient, clinically appropriate, comprehensive service to early intervention and school-aged individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder through a team format of support. The primary goals of this service are: to create an environment that will decrease problem behaviors while increasing learning time; enhance the acquisition and development of communication, academic, and social skills through the use of evidence-based techniques.