The Elizabeth Richardson Center offers a variety of services for children and adults with disabilities. These services include a residential program for adults which consists of three 10-bed Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) and supported living services through Medicaid Waiver.
A Medicaid Waiver pays for services for people with developmental disabilities - including supported living services and supported employment. The waiting list for Waiver services can be extensive. However, there are three categories of people who receive priority for Waiver services.* They are:
Persons who reside in an ICF who want to convert those services to Waiver services in the community
Persons who reside in a Nursing Facility
Persons who reside in the Arkansas State Hospital
The goal of the ICFs is to provide a supportive environment while assisting residents with the progression from dependent to independent living. Many residents will move on to an even more independent living option through the Medicaid Waiver program.
Residents at the ICFs have two options for weekday programs. They can choose to take part in vocational training at Richardson Industries or participate in classes or leisure activities at our Life Skills location. Each resident and/or guardian, along with a Case Manager, participates in the development of an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) that will define the types of training that a person needs to achieve a greater level of independence and desired quality of life. Case Managers advocate for each resident and work with families to ensure they are receiving the services they need to meet their individual needs and goals.
Residents will work toward:
- Communicating more effectively
- Learning how to advocate for themselves
- Budgeting money and making purchases
- Participating in social/recreational groups
- Learning personal care, hygiene and home safety skills
- Learning the social skills needed to be safe and integrate into their community, family, school and church
The medical staff includes on-site Licensed Practical Nurses who operate under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
A Recreational Therapist plans, directs and coordinates medically-approved recreation programs for the residents. Activities include Special Olympics events, Unified softball teams, dances, bingo, bowling, trips to local attractions, music/drama clubs, cooking and art classes, and other activities necessary for a fulfilling life.
Our Direct Support Professionals assist the residents to lead a self-directed life and contribute to their community. They assist with activities of daily living if needed, and encourage attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion. DSPs also act as advocates for each resident, in communicating their needs, self expression and goals. With the assistance of DSPs, residents are able to take part in classes at local colleges, activities at their churches, volunteer for community organizations and attend various community events.
For more information about the ICFs, call (479) 872-4657.