LEAP offers new service to Farmington area adults with development disabilities

By Darryl Wood

FARMINGTON — Life Enrichment Advancing People will offer new service to local adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Targeted Case Management helps connect people to the services they need and is required for adults receiving services under the Medicaid waiver program.

Case Management Services are provided by a social services or health professional to identify the medical, social, educational and other needs of the eligible person; identify services necessary to meet those needs; and facilitate access to those services. Through a personalized approach, LEAP case managers assist individuals to navigate the adult developmental services system. Case management consists of developing a personal plan to assist persons in meeting their needs and personal goals, assessment, coordination, advocacy and monitoring.
LEAP, at 313 Farmington Falls Road, has been providing residential and habilitative services to adults since 1980, and is pleased to be able to help people in a different but equally meaningful way.
Kristin McPherson was hired as program director in fall 2017, and after a lot of work LEAP has become certified and is ready to start accepting clients. McPherson has extensive education and experience in management, social work and more specifically and recently in case management. It is expected she will maintain LEAP’s core values as we develop this new community resource into a quality human services program.
LEAP is a local non-profit residential service provider that strives to empower people of all abilities to believe in themselves, live healthy and well, make friends and have hope for the future. The foundational principle is to provide services that encourage well-being, self-expression and experiences of joy.
For more information on LEAP, and to learn more about LEAP’s mission and services, visit www.leapcommunity.org

PHOTO: Frank Hosea, president of LEAP’s board of directors, stands with Kristin McPherson, LEAP’s new case management director. (Submitted photo)