MA Day Program Halloween Trunk or Treat – October 2017 – Photos from the Halloween “Trunk or Treat” event hosted by IPPI’s MA Day Program. The event provided a great opportunity for individuals to safely trick or treat from the trunks of cars. Everyone got into the spirit and staff did an amazing job decorating their trunks and getting into character! A great day for all that attended! Thanks so much for all you do!
IPPI’s Vision 20/20 Kicks-Off October 26th! – October 2017 – We’d like to thank our employees and Board members for participating in the strategic planning process that initiated the kick-off of our 3 year plan Vision 20/20. The plan, a true team effort, is focused on building stronger communities by empowering individuals. We are fortunate to work with so many inspiring individuals and families across multiple states and we celebrate their many achievements! All of us are looking forward to the future as the best is yet to be!
Maryland Peer Support Professionals nominated for recognition! – October 2017 – The Peer Support Professionals at our Day Options program in Maryland play a crucial role in supporting and empowering adults with autism by assisting them in creating the life they want. Peer Support Professionals work with individuals to plan and participate in meaningful activities in the community, help with all the steps to employment; job searches, completing applications, developing interview skills as well as the tasks of daily living; cooking, laundry, shopping etc. We’re very proud and grateful to have such dedicated people on our team!
Connecticut clinicians present workshop at 38th Annual BABAT Conference – October 2017 -IPPI’s Tamara Shook, Elizabeth Sellinger, Kathryn Cyr, and Victoria Gomez presented a workshop at the 38th Annual BABAT Conference on Thursday October 12th. The workshop titled “Learning in The Workplace: Using Performance Diagnostics to Improve Staff Performance” offered 1.5 CE’s: BACB and PSYCH. Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) is an off-shoot of Applied Behavior Analysis that offers a variety of effective strategies for supervisors to utilize within the workplace. A case example of this process was showcased and outcome data and future considerations were discussed.
Great day at the NH ABA Fall conference last Saturday September 30th! – September 2017 – The impressive list of speakers included Keynote Speaker Dr. Gregory Hanley, Dr. Derek Reed, Caitlin Kirkwood, Mike Miklos and Distinguished Speaker Dr. Mark Sundberg who has given hundreds of conference presentations both nationally and internationally. The sold out conference was attended by 300 people. IPPI’s NH State Director, Dr. Le’Ann Milinder, serves as Vice President of the NH ABA. The group did a wonderful job hosting the event. It was a very pleasant and informative day for all in attendance!
Voices of U.S. celebrates their 1st Anniversary! – September 2017 – Congratulations to Voices of U.S. who celebrated their 1st Anniversary this September! Parnell Barmer, Day Options Director, at Mid-Atlantic Human Service Corporation (a division of IPPI) established the self-advocacy group to provide members with disabilities a chance to network with community members and local politicians so that their voices are heard. Lots of laughter and stories were shared and an award of appreciation was presented to Parnell for his outstanding efforts in the success of Voices of U.S.!
IPPI NH celebrates Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week – September 2017 – IPPI NH hosted a cookout for our hardworking, dedicated DSP’s featuring Karaoke, a Pie Eating Contest, and “Techie” Gift Bags that included earbuds, a multi USB charging station and other “techie” essentials. A big thank you to Program Coordinator and Home Care Provider Nicole Dufour and her family for hosting the festivities as well as the large number of IPPI volunteers that made the event possible! We are also very grateful to local individuals and businesses that generously donated raffle items for continuous 30-minute raffles throughout the day!
September 10th – 16th is Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week – September 2017 – Join us in recognizing the dedication and commitment of our outstanding Direct Support Professionals and expressing our appreciation for their vital contribution. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, need people who provide them with assistance and instruction on completing tasks most people take for granted. DSP’s fill this need and help the individuals they care for live life to the best of their abilities. The position offers both challenging and very rewarding work!
IPPI Massachusetts staff coordinate donations for Hurricane Harvey victims – September 2017 – Hats off to IPPI MA’S Jenn Law and Maritza Guzman for their efforts in coordinating donations for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas! IPPI staff generously donated a host of much needed items such as first aid supplies, hygiene products, clothing, blankets, diapers, pet supplies etc. Gardner resident, Jake Strait, and Jonathan Gleason of Baldwinville, left Wednesday September 7th in their trucks to deliver the donations to a church in Webster, TX for distribution. The outpouring of support and generous donations from IPPI staff as well as many others, including numerous local businesses, was truly amazing!
Nothing says summer like sunflowers and fresh vegetables! – August 2017 – Once Upon A Farm’s summer harvest ready for the Farmers Market. The farm is an IPPI Connecticut non-profit community project located in Bethany, CT. The farm celebrates life in all it’s forms and is run by, and for, people with special needs. Partnering with the community, the farm is dedicated to fostering an atmosphere of creativity, learning and growth. To read more visit www.ippi.org/onceuponafarm
IPPI is a proud supporter of the NH Family Support Conference. – July 2017 – This year’s conference was attended by over 550 people, consisting of families who were there to learn about disability issues, services and supports for their family members as well as professionals and vendors. Highlights included well known advocate Roberta Gallant receiving the NH Family Leadership Award. Roberta spent 25 years as a resident of the Laconia State School in NH.
Congratulations to our Graduates! – June 2017 – On June 30th the Permanency Services Division hosted the third Annual Graduation Celebration at IPPI’s Meriden, location to honor the accomplishments of nine of our foster youth! We could not be happier, or more proud of these amazing kids! We are thrilled that all of our graduates are planning to pursue a post-secondary education and so excited to see the places they will go! A special thank you to the family caregivers and IPPI team who support these young women and men as they achieve their goals!
Lisa Daubenhauser receives Certificate of Appreciation from Meriden Rotary Club! – June 2017 – Rotary is an organization of both men and women throughout the world who come together to serve their community and enjoy great fun and fellowship. Rotarians are a diverse, energetic, successful and friendly group of leaders who provide their time, expertise and resources to help their local and world communities. Recent community projects include assembling “Buddy Benches” on local school playgrounds and giving a makeover to a local home that serves children with severe disabilities. Please join us in congratulating Lisa!
IPPI goes to the 2017 ABAI Convention in Denver! – May 2017 – Dr. Barry Morgenstern, in collaboration with Kaitlin Grace Causin and Jaimie Weinlein of Attentive Behavior Care, Inc., presented their research poster “Teaching Pronouns to Individuals With Autism” and IPPI Clinical Coordinator, Liz Hatzenbuhler presented in the symposium “Advancements in Teaching Play Skills to Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Over 5000 behavior professionals from all over the world attended the five-day conference! The program featured contributions from close to 2000 participants from more than 45 countries.
The Institute holds it’s first Day Options Summit! – May 2017 – Last week our Day Supports teams from four states came together for our first Day Options Summit held in Manchester, NH. William Stillman dubbed “The Autism Whisperer”, an award winning author, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work, spoke about Autism and Employment and Valuing Passion. It was a wonderful day of collaboration, new ideas and learning! The next Day Options Summit will be hosted by IPPI Massachusetts and will include a tour of the Community Based Day Program.
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month – May 2017 – Every May the National Foster Care Awareness Month campaign works to raise awareness about the needs of children and youth in foster care and encourages people to get involved. Whether you have an interest in becoming a foster parent, or would like to partner with a program by serving as a guest speaker, respite provider, community resource or Job Coach, there are so many ways to help! To learn more about IPPI’s Permanency Services Foster Care program visit www.ippi.org/ctfostercare
Another IPPI Staff Member Receives Credentialing – April 2017 – Congratulations to our most recently credentialed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Jillian Connor! Jill is The Institute’s Clinical Technology Specialist. She brings technology and adaptive solutions to our programs to enhance the lives of the adults and children we serve with developmental and other disabilities including autism spectrum disorder. Jill previously served as a Special Education teacher at The Durham Center for Education, our DESE 766 approved, private special education school in Massachusetts and prior to that as a Senior Case Manager for The New England Center for Children. The Institute has over forty BCBA’s on staff, eight at the doctorate level.
IPPI Exhibiting at the 31st Annual New Hampshire Family Support Conference – April 2017 – The 2017 NH FSC is being held at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods April 28th – 30th. The conference is planned by parents and family members, with assistance from support agencies and the NH Bureau of Developmental Services. This unique conference offers families and caregivers an opportunity to explore care and treatment options as well as providing a wonderful forum to meet other parents, family members and professionals sharing the same journey. Hope to see you there!
IPPI Connecticut Celebrates Social Workers Appreciation Month – March 2017 – On March 29th IPPI celebrated our social workers by hosting a fun filled and creative “Social Work Day” at our Hamden, CT Art Studio. Social workers stand up for millions of people everyday and their contribution to society is immeasurable! Join us in thanking social workers everywhere for all they do!
IPPI presents and exhibits at the Connecticut ABA Conference – March 2017 – The 13th Annual CT ABA conference sold out this year. Over 400 behavior professionals and students attended and there were 21 exhibitors sharing information on their products and services. Two presentations were given by IPPI staff “I’ll Do Better If You Do Better: Using Performance Management to Train the Trainer” by Elizabeth Sellinger, Katie Cyr, and Tamara Shook and “Developing a PBS System for a Community Based Program” by Nichole Collins and Scott Evon. It was great to see so many of staff in attendance!
Permanency Services Foster Care celebrates another successful adoption! – February 2017 – We’d like to thank IPPI Case Manager Meghan Wheeler and congratulate the proud parents Jeffrey and Brian! We wish them and their son Carter the best of luck! The Permanency Services Programs are committed to supporting and empowering children and family caregivers to build and maintain strong, healthy family relationships that last a lifetime. They accomplish this using a team centered, family centered approach that is clinically sound and is validating and respectful of individual difference, culture and tradition. For more information on our Permanency Services Programs visit http://www.ippi.org/connecticut/ct-programs-and-services-for-children-families/ct-foster-care/
Twin Rivers Associates Day Program receives grant from the Eventide Foundation – January 2017 – Leah McFarland, Program Coordinator at The Institute’s Twin Rivers Associates Day Program in Stratham, NH receiving a grant from Dr. Burton Dibble, President of the Eventide Foundation. The Eventide Foundation, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the elderly in New Hampshire. This is the fourth year in a row that Eventide has generously issued the grant to the Twin Rivers Associates Day Program for “Twin Rivers Delivers!” a free pick up and delivery service for New Hampshire seacoast area seniors. The program invites seniors who can’t get out into the community to use the free service to pick up and deliver essential items; groceries, prescriptions, personal care items etc. right to their door. The Eventide Foundation’s annual grants provide the funding for this great program to continue. Hats off to the Eventide Foundation for making a difference in the lives of so many!
IPPI/MAHSC’s Parnell Barmer is a guest speaker on WHGM’s popular “Mallow in the Morning” radio show – January 2017 – Parnell Barmer, Day Options Director, in Maryland was a guest speaker on WHGM 107.5FM Smash Hits “Mallow in the Morning” show with host Justin Mallow. In a two part interview Parnell talks about the services provided by the Day Options program “Discover Your Passion”. He also talks about the self-advocacy group he recently established “Voices of U.S.”. The group provides members with disabilities the chance to network with community members and local politicians so that their voices are heard. Keep up the great work Parnell!
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IPPI Permanency Services Foster Care program receives donation for youth in foster care – January 2017 – A very heartfelt thank you to Michael Howard! Michael, who grew up in foster care himself, shared his incredible story with about 20 local businesses who generously donated items for youth in foster care. Michael presented the donations to a number of local foster care agencies including IPPI’s Permanency Services Foster Care program! Take a minute to read more about this incredible man Michael’s Story
IPPI Connecticut giving back this Holiday Season – December 2016 – In the true spirit of the holidays Permanency Services Foster Care’s Lisa D. and Sam C., along with a little help from “Oscar”, rang the bell last night for the Salvation Army representing IPPI through the Meriden Rotary Club. Best elves ever! Thanks guys!
November is National Adoption Month – November 2016 – Celebrate National Adoption Month by learning more about our Permanency Services Foster Care Programs. The Permanency Services Programs are committed to supporting and empowering children and family caregivers to build and maintain strong, healthy family relationships that last a lifetime. We do this using a team centered, family centered approach that is clinically sound and is validating and respectful of individual difference, culture and tradition. www.ippi.org/ct-foster-care
IPPI attends the 37th Annual BABAT Conference – October 2016 – Each year the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) holds one of the largest and most important conferences for behavior analysis in the United States. This years conference was held October 12-14 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Opportunities are provided for behavior analysts throughout the country to hear, and share their own cutting-edge research, recommendations for practice, and updates on professional issues. Over 35 invited speakers gave addresses this year. The conference is a wonderful forum for students, professionals, and parents to view, discuss, and share information.
Pictured are Clinical Coordinators Elizabeth Hatzenbuhler (left) and Diane Dean (right).
Dr. Le’Ann Milinder and Peg Chaffee serve as panelists at the NH ABA Conference – October 2016 – New Hampshire State Director, Le’Ann Milinder (pictured below 3rd from left), and Clinical Director, Peg Chaffee (pictured below 2nd from left), with fellow panelists Matt Cicoria and Gayle Perreault at the New Hampshire ABA Conference held October 1st. The discussion titled “Self-Care for the Behavior Analyst: Evidence-Based Practices” explored the demands of the profession and presented examples of evidence-based techniques to keep behavior professionals on top of their game. Some great information on ACT therapy, useful in managing stress in an increasingly demanding profession, proved very helpful as well. This popular discussion received great feedback from the participants!
Pictured are panelists Matt Cicoria, Peg Chaffee, Le’Ann Milinder, Gayle Perreault
IPPI Connecticut awarded CQL Accreditation – September 2016 – Melodie Peet, Connecticut State Director, recently announced that The Institute in Connecticut has been awarded The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) Quality Assurances Accreditation for three years. We are currently the only agency in Connecticut to hold this accreditation. CQL promotes excellence in person-centered services and supports that lead to the increased quality of life. They offer training, accreditation, consultation and certification services to organizations and systems that share their vision of dignity, opportunity and community. The Institute was awarded accreditation by demonstrating proficiency in Shared Values, Basic Assurances, and Personal Outcome Measures. The accreditation process is grounded in over 40 years of leadership and peer-reviewed research. View CQL Accreditation
Le’Ann Milinder and Peg Chaffee to serve as panelists at NH ABA Conference October 1st – October 2016 – Dr. Le’Ann Milinder, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NH State Director and Peg Chaffee, M.Ed., BCBA, NH Clinical Director, will be serving as panelists for the discussion “Self-Care for the Behavior Analyst: Evidence Based Practices” at the NH ABA Conference October 1st. The conference will be held at The Radisson Hotel in Concord, NH. The keynote speaker is Dr. James Carr, the CEO of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Visit http://nhaba.net/ to learn more.
Dr. David Gallaway to present at Autism Speaks New England Chapter’s Autism Education & Awareness Forum September 17th – September 2016 – Dr. Gallaway is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst. For the past 15 years, he has been involved in the development and oversight of intensive education programs for children with autism and developmental disabilities. To date, nearly 400 children from diverse communities and backgrounds have benefited from these programs. Dave is also actively involved in research and dissemination of professional knowledge in the areas of generative language learning and the treatment of challenging behavior. He is a strong advocate for the use of evidence-based interventions in both education and clinical practice. He will be joining a number of distinguished speakers at the Education & Awareness Forum to be held Saturday, September 17th, at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School in Waterbury, CT. The event is free to attend and requires registration, no walk ins. Space is limited, so click on the events link to register today! events.autismspeaks.org/ctforum Autism Forum Flyer Autism Forum Speakers
Dr. Barry Morgenstern presents at the National Autism Conference – August 2016 – This years’ National Autism Conference held August 1st – 4th was hosted by Penn State University. Conference attendees include; physicians, speech-language pathologists, general and special education professionals, early-intervention staff, behavioral health analysts/professionals, as well as family members and others interested in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Morgenstern is The Institute’s Director of Research in Connecticut and consults to many school districts. His presentation titled “Teaching Functional Skills to Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities” is an introduction to teaching functional skills and Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). Click on the link to view a webcast of the presentation. http://autism.outreach.psu.edu/2016-presenter/barry-morgenstern
HR and Payroll team members attend HR Retreat – June 2016 – Staff came together from all agency locations including; Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont to participate in The Institute’s first HR Retreat! The event was a great success and focused on relationship building, best practices, key projects and team building. The retreat was coordinated by Steve Schultz our Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Steve recently joined The Institute and brings a wealth of professional HR experience. He is based at our central office in Vermont and will travel extensively to the various state operations.
Pictured IPPI/MAHSC HR and Payroll Team Members (Steve Schultz, CHRO far right)
Mark LaFleur recipient of Gateways Community Services Direct Support Professional Award – June 2016 – Every year Gateways Community Services of Nashua, NH, honors Direct Support Professionals in the greater Nashua area for the inspiring work they do. The recipients are the “front line” who provide care and assistance to individuals in their homes, in the workplace and help them become active members of their communities. The 18th Annual Awards Breakfast was held at the Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua. The Institute is a proud sponsor of this very worthwhile event. Recipients were presented with a Certificate of Excellence, cash award, and registration to the Direct Support Professionals Conference. Please join us in congratulating Mark! We are honored to have him on our team!
Pictured L to R – Sandra Pelletier (President/CEO Gateways Community Services), Mark LaFleur, Perla Levy.
The Institute is Exhibiting at the 42nd Annual ABAI Convention in Chicago May 27th-31st – May 2016 – The Institute will be among the approximately 100 companies, educational institutions and non-profits focused on autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, response to intervention, and technology that will be exhibiting at the 42nd Annual Association for Behavior Analysis (ABAI) Convention May 27th-31st in Chicago, IL. The convention hosted by both the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Swissotel is attended by more than 5000 behavior professionals from all over the world. If you’re attending the convention this year please stop by booth #104 to say hello!
Subaru’s “Share the Love” Program Donates to IPPI’s Twin Rivers Day Program – April 2016 – Jan Knox, IPPI’s Twin Rivers Associates – Program Coordinator, took the initiative to get IPPI into Subaru’s charitable “Share the Love” program. The program allows folks who buy a car to select a non-profit to receive $250 for each car purchased. As a result, IPPI received a check for over $20,000.00 from Exeter Subaru!!! Jan has once again gone above and beyond in her dedication to those we serve. Over the years Jan has secured an incredible number of grants and donations that have benefited IPPI’s Twin Rivers Associates and Seacoast programs in NH. When you see Jan, please take a moment to thank her for all her efforts!!! A huge thank you goes out to Exeter Subaru and their customers for their generosity!!!
Sharing the Love generated by Exeter Subaru and is customers are, from left, front, Pam Tyler, David Lattice, Donna Gorman, Laura Young, Tory Hatfield, Jill Sunde; back Darren Coute (Exeter Subaru General Manager), Katie Kelly, Molly Richards, Penny Weaver, John Hayes (Subaru of New England District Manager), Jan Knox (Twin Rivers Program Coordinator). Courtesy photo
#CHALKWALK 2016 Foster Care Awareness Walk – April 2016 – Our Permanency Services – Foster Care program in Connecticut will be assisting and participating in the FAKCT (Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Coalition Team) ChalkWalk April 30th at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT. This is a 5K walk to raise awareness about the need for foster homes in Connecticut. During the walk, participants will read powerful statements from kids in care and will have an opportunity to leave a message of encouragement on the #ChalkWalk wall. Foster care agencies will be available to speak about opportunities to help. You can change the life of a youth in foster care. Help us raise awareness about the kids who still need homes; and celebrate the amazing families who foster, adopt or provide kinship care! Visit www.anniec.org/chalkwalk/ to register and learn more about this very worthwhile event. To learn more about Permanency Services Foster Care click here
Melinda Parker named 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year! – March 2016 – Each year ANCOR proudly honors Direct Support Professionals who selflessly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in communities throughout our nation. This year, the Direct Support Professional Recognition Award will be presented to one National recipient and one District of Columbia, one Canadian and 44 State recipients, who embody the ideal qualities of the DSP. The awards will be presented at ANCOR’s 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago. A Recognizing Excellence magazine, which features profiles of all of the award recipients, will be distributed at the conference to all participants.
Announcing Three New Board Members – March 2016 – At the Annual Meeting on March 1, 2016 we installed three new members that were selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The new board members are Donna Curtin, Michael Hartman, and Deborah Shenk. Click here to read more in the Vermont Business Magazine.
NH ABA Hosts First State Conference – March 2016 – The New Hampshire Association for Behavior Analysis hosted it’s first state conference on Saturday March 12th in Bedford, NH. IPPI Clinical Staff pictured at our table at the event. L-R Kim Kelly, Le’Ann Milinder, Amy Rheaume, Bonnie Montague and Peg Chaffee.
Leominster Massachusetts Strives to Be Autism Friendly – February 2016 – The Durham Center for Education speaks at the Leominster City Hall kick off event for Leominster’s Autism Project. The Institute’s Durham Center is a private special education school in Fitchburg, MA that serves students 8-22 with autism and other developmental disabilities. Click here to read more in the Leominster Champion.
Connecticut Foster Care – January 2016 – The Permanency Services team is looking forward to another great year of connecting with families and helping kids thrive and grow. Best Wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2016!
The Durham Center for Education hosts Holiday Party – December 2015 – The Institute’s Durham Center is an approved, private, special needs school located in Fitchburg, MA. There was plenty of fun and good cheer for students and parents alike at this years holiday celebration covered locally by the Fitchburg Sentinel. Click on the link to view the article, photos and video. Sentinel DCE Article 12-24-15
November is Adoption Awareness Month – November 2015 -The Institute’s Lisa Daubenhauser, Home Finding Specialist, for the Permanency Services Foster Care program in Connecticut, is a guest speaker on WFSB Channel 3’s the Better Connecticut show that airs weekdays at 3:00pm. Lisa shares both professional and personal insights on adoption and foster care in the clip below.
New Hampshire State Director – October 2015 – Please join us in congratulating Dr. Le’Ann Milinder on her new position as New Hampshire State Director. Le’Ann has been part of the agency for over two decades. She previously served as Clinical Director providing clinical oversight for all of the Institute’s programs and services in New Hampshire. Dr. Milinder has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1987. In addition to working with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and behavioral challenges she has developed and led training seminars for staff, parents, service providers and other professionals. She is an adjunct faculty member at Antioch New England University and is serving as President for New Hampshire’s Private Providers Network. Dr. Milinder holds a doctoral degree in Psychology, with a specialty in Behavior Analysis, and a master’s degree in teaching. Dr. Milinder has taught Applied Behavior Analysis and Psychology courses at Antioch New England University, New England College, Johnson State College, Fitchburg State College, and UNH.
New Hampshire Clinical Director October 2015 – Please join us in congratulating Peg Chaffee on her new position as Clinical Director for The Institute in New Hampshire. Peg has been part of the agency for over two decades. She previously served as Clinical Coordinator and prior to that as Project Direct for the New Hampshire seacoast region. In her career spanning 35 years, she has worked with children and adults with a wide range of mental health and behavioral challenges. Peg received her master’s degree with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Johnson State College, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.