In 1976, a group of Christian social workers in Pennsylvania were frustrated by the gaps in services provided for individuals with mental health challenges and developmental disabilities in their community. They formed Access Services to develop innovative ways to meet some of these needs.
The first community homes opened in Montgomery County in 1978 to accommodate individuals released from Pennhurst State Center and other large mental health facilities. Six years later, Access Services was asked to operate ten group homes in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Where we are now...
Today, we have expanded our services to include other community-based specialized services in three distinct service lines:
Since our inception, our primary goal has been to provide more than basic care — we are constantly looking for innovative ways to raise the standard of care for all individuals in our communities to help them live rich, fulfilling lives.
Over 40 years of service.
A timeline of our history.
Housing for adults with disabilities are offered through Family Living / Lifesharing services.
Intensive Home Counseling for adolescents in the juvenile justice system is initiated in the Schuylkill region.
Therapeutic and general Foster Care expands in the Lehigh Valley region, serving 171 children agency-wide.
Street Outreach Program is formed in partnership with Your Way Home, supplying the homeless population with their basic needs.
The Intersect initiative begins supporting those standing at the ‘intersection’ of faith and mental health.
ALTEC Services formally affiliates with Access Services, bringing innovative employment services.
Respite care expands to Northampton County.
Starting Point expands to Bucks County, bringing mobile psychiatric rehabilitation supports to adults with chronic mental illness.
A formal affiliation is developed with New Life Youth and Family Services. Providing children and family support services in Chester County.
Altec Employment Program joins a Regional Collaboration for Provider Transformation towards enhancing their services.
Access Learning Academy is developed to bring education to students with unique educational, emotional and social needs.