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Resources for Human Development (RHD) is a national human services non-profit organization founded in 1970 that specializes in creating innovative, quality services that support people in trauma-informed, person-centered programs across the U.S. RHD also provides field-based behavioral health treatment and supportive living programs for hundreds of adults and children across the country, as well as fully integrated federally qualified health centers serving 20,000 individuals throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

They also treat consumers with developmental disabilities, including autism. RHD offers dozens of programs, both daylong and residential services, for this population. RHD’s mission is “to provide caring, effective, and innovative services that empower people of all abilities as they work to achieve the highest level of independence possible and build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Employees & Individuals Served

RHD employs 5,500 people and delivers services to more than 50,000 adults and children each year.

Service Area

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RHD supports consumers in 160 programs across 14 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

Service Lines

RHD provides a broad array of services to support people of all abilities in more than 160 programs that include behavioral health, addiction recovery, homelessness/supportive housing, intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), health care, and women and children’s care. Autism specific programs include:

  • Gaining Respect and Opportunity with Teaching and Hope—This program provides unlicensed home and community habilitation and life sharing for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism.
  • On Our Own I—This community-based program provides comprehensive residential and day services in staffed homes to adults with autism, developmental and other neurobiological disabilities, as well as medical complications.
  • On Our Way—This program supports children and young adults with autism, related disabilities, and significant, challenging behaviors in a community-based residential setting.
  • RHD Lifesharing—This program provides lifesharing and supported living services for individuals with I/DD and autism in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

Financial Highlights

RHD reported annual revenues of $256 million in 2018, including service line revenues for behavioral health ($77 million), addiction recovery ($9 million), homelessness/supportive housing ($3 million), I/DD ($119 million), health care ($27 million), and women and children’s care ($11 million).

Organizational Highlights

  • RHD New Perspectives joined the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as a local call center, helping to better serve callers in distress by connecting people in the Poconos region with lifesaving resources backed by first-hand knowledge of local services, interventions, and resources.
  • The Sioux Falls Argus Leader and KELO-TV in South Dakota featured RHD Shared Living in stories on the Graff family, who receive support from RHD Shared Living.
  • Danna Ellison, Team Leader for RHD’s On Our Own I program, was selected as the Frontline Manager of the Year Award for Pennsylvania’s Northeastern Region by PAR, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s leading disability provider organization and advocacy association for people with autism and intellectual disabilities.
  • The Commonwealth Fund, an organization established in 1918 to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, featured RHD Iowa’s ACT teams.
  • Johnny B., an artist from RHD’s Imagine That! art program for people with intellectual disabilities, was honored with the Personal Success of the Year award from Eitas Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County.
  • RHD’s Center for Creative Works, a unique, creative arts day program for people with intellectual disabilities, was chosen to exhibit at the New York Outsider Art Fair, the nation’s largest showcase for outsider artists.
  • U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Dwight Evans visited RHD’s Family Practice & Counseling Network to see the completed work at RHD’s federally qualified health center.
  • Nationally-renowned comedian Cameron Esposito hosted RHD Morris Home at her show in Philadelphia during her “Person of Consequence” tour.

Key Executives

  • Marco Giordano, Chief Executive Officer
  • Dennis Roberts, Chief Program Officer
  • Alicia Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Linda Donovan-Magdamo, Chief Program Officer, Behavioral Health
  • Deanna Cerwin, Chief Financial Officer

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