About The Alliance for Behavioral and Developmental Disabilities

In 1994, The Alliance for Behavioral and Developmental Disabilities (ABDD) was established as a private, not for profit, agency centralized in Mercer County, Pennsylvania to provide residential services for those primarily dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. As the program continuously developed, so did the person-centered approach of delivering supports in the capacity of daily programming and behavioral management. In doing so, the Alliance for Behavioral and Developmental Disabilities has witnessed success by the individuals in increasing their abilities to manage their daily lives and promote a better quality of life.

Our Mission Statement

It is the mission of ABDD to assist individuals with disabilities in living a rewarding and productive lifestyle, while delivering assistance only when necessary, to insure that the consumers of our agency maintain and develop as independently as their abilities permits.

Our Philosophy

The Alliance for Behavioral and Developmental Disabilities (ABDD) was organized in 1994 with the purpose of marrying two approaches of treatment, psychopharmalogical and behavioral, for special needs individuals dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges. Because of the intrinsic difficulty in treating the dually diagnosed individual, ABDD felt it necessary to implement psychiatry and cognitive psychology in close concert with intensive therapy. In many cases, this has worked. Consumers who were abandoned by agencies using traditional models in ABDD’s least restrictive environment. ABDD’s normalization principles, based on affording the consumer the maximum amount of choices possible, alleviate the natural anxieties associated with dually diagnosed individuals in a group home environment. Consumers and their families play the most integral part of ISP’s, cognitive behavioral plans, and medication monitoring. Familial contact, when possible, is encouraged to the point that consumers often communicate with parents and siblings during therapy sessions.

ABDD offers residential treatment that is based on a person-centered plan. Individuals receive formal training in activities of daily living. This training focuses on personal hygiene, individual finances, culinary skills, social skills, behavioral improvement, and independent living. Coupled with medication monitoring, one-on-one and group therapy, recreation, and day programming, the agency forms a concentric circle of treatment that targets all aspects of the consumer’s life.