Kerr helps children begin to recover from past experiences of abuse and neglect, address mental and emotional health challenges and receive life skills training and support to overcome obstacles related to both mental health challenges and developmental disabilities. Kerr also provides a wide range of care for adults with developmental disabilities aimed at allowing individuals to live the fullest and least restrictive life possible. Donations from our community directly contribute to these outcomes and help Kerr achieve its mission of supporting people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self-determined lives and realize their full potential. In the last year, Kerr's program's reported the following results: Developmental Disabilities ServicesGroup Homes for Youth: Kerr provided 24-hour care and treatment for 102 youth, ages 9 to 18, with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges in 15 group homes. Ninety-seven percent of the youth met their personal goals or are making significant, positive progress. Group Homes for Adults: Kerr provided a neighborhood home in a residential community for 113 men and women with developmental disabilities in 29 group homes and served 112 adults with developmental disabilities in Community Inclusion programs where participants entered the workforce, joined in community activities and pursued hobbies. Ninety-six percent of all adults with disabilities met their personal goals or are well on their way. Skills Training and Supported LivingKerr provided 4 men and women with developmental disabilities who live in their own home and require assistance in improving their skills in personal care, cooking, shopping and other daily activities. Youth & Family ServicesIntensive Community-Based Treatment Services Kerr served 97 low-income children, ages 4 to 17, with emotional and behavioral health challenges who were at risk of losing their home or school placement. Therapy, skills training, and intensive behavioral support allowed 77% of children to remain safely in their home setting. Crisis Psychiatric CareKerr provided short-term crisis psychiatric care for 297 children who posed an immediate danger to themselves or others. Ninety-seven percent of children were stabilized and able to successfully transition to a less intensive level of care, including returning to their family. Community-Based Outpatient Services Kerr provided services to 207 children who required mental health treatment, skills training, and family support to be maintained in the community and out of institutions. Kerr Early Childhood Outpatient ServicesKerr served 32 young children who are emotionally and behaviorally challenged. All 32 children showed improvement in their presenting problems and daily functioning. As a result, the children entered their community preschool or kindergarten ready to learn. Special Needs & Therapeutic Foster CareKerr provided care for 106 children in foster care who have both mental health challenges and developmental disabilities and require skills training and extensive foster parent support. While Kerr positively impacted the lives of more than 1,100 children, adults and families in the last year, the need for services remains great and more work needs to be done.Community support will help Kerr's programs continue to grow and be successful. For youth faced with a mental health challenge, as well as a developmental disability, this means providing a safe, supportive group home where each child can work to overcome significant challenges and build the social, emotional and daily life skills needed for future independence. For a child pulled from an unsafe family and placed into foster care, this means being a lifeline to stability and a brighter future. For a child in the midst of a frightening, even life-threatening, mental health crisis, this means being a safety net offering immediate security and stabilization.
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