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“Amy” is an amazing young lady who came to HCRS in 2007; she had been placed in residential school due to her uncontrolled behavior issues and inconsistent home life and had a State appointed legal guardian. With the help of HCRS, Amy was placed in more stable home environment with a family that she had already established a relationship with during emergency respite care. With natural supports and the supports from HCRS; Amy has been able to establish a safe and more consistent relationship between herself and her biological family; she has been able to maintain gainful employment; and just last year was legally appointed to be her own guardian. Amy started working part-time at a grocery store and a department store. In 2010, Amy successfully completed a 3 month internship as a front desk clerk. This internship opportunity really helped build Amy’s vocational skills and professional self esteem. Since this internship, Amy has flourished at work and socially.

Developmental Services

Developmental ServicesHCRS Developmental Services (DS) Division provides comprehensive supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. DS assists families and individuals in navigating their state and local services network. The ultimate goal in DS is preserving the family/community component of care and ensuring that individuals have opportunities and freedom of choices in all aspects of their lives. Developmental services provide homes for individuals as well as school, community and employment supports. All of our services are community based. Our staff work with clients in the community to assist them in reaching their full potential and in becoming as independent as possible. Staff members regularly volunteer to support many community activities such as dances, dinners, and the local chapter of Special Olympics.

Our services are intended to help people achieve outcomes in four key areas:

1. Having a safe comfortable home of their choice
2. Health and wellness
3. Relationship development
4. Opportunities for work or other meaningful activities in the community

In order to accomplish those outcomes, we offer a variety of living situations and well trained staff that includes nurses, employment specialists, and direct service staff to support people in the community.

HCRS DS Brochure

For More Information on Accessing our Developmental Services, please call toll-free:

  • Brattleboro area: (855) 220-9428
  • Springfield area: (855) 220-9429
  • Hartford area: (855) 220-9430


HCRS' Community Reach Program

The Community Reach Program provides many opportunities for clients to take part in activities at each of our sites. The current calendars of activities are provided below:

Reach activities are postponed due to the pandemic. 

Community Reach Program Brochure