News Stories for 2021


New Year, New Career, Higher Pay Rates

Direct Support Professionals (DSP) will now receive $16/hour in our services in Pennsylvania, and Community Support Professionals (CSP) now start at $16.50/hour at Keystone Autism Services. The pay rate increase reflects the critical role DSPs and CSPs play in supporting people with disability to live full lives. They live our mission every day, making inclusion...
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Self-Advocates Tell the UN: “We Want Institutions Closed”

Today marks the launch of a global report by self-advocates: “Closing Institutions and Living in the Community.” Keystone Human Services is proud to have participated in the development of this report, headed by Inclusion International.
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Susquehanna Service Dogs and Team Foster Partner to Provide Assistance Dogs for Veterans

(Harrisburg, PA) November 16, 2021 – On Veterans Day, Team Foster presented Susquehanna Service Dogs with a check for $100,000, part of an ongoing partnership to place assistance dogs with veterans.
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Dr. Jennifer Chambers

Dr. Jennifer Chambers Named 2021 Edna Silberman Humanitarian Service Awardee

(Harrisburg, PA) November 5, 2021 -- On November 4, 2021, Keystone Human Services (KHS) honored Dr. Jennifer Chambers with the Edna Silberman Humanitarian Award at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Membership. Dr. Chambers is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians...
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Mary Pelletier and Jo Pepper named 2021 Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Awardees

(Harrisburg, PA) November 5, 2021 -- On November 4, 2021, Keystone Human Services (KHS) honored Mary Pelletier and Jo Pepper with the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Membership.
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2021 Annual Meeting

“All of us have been resilient. We have used this time to be transformative with the ultimate goal—to great inclusive communities, build a better world, and change lives,” said Charles Hooker, President and CEO of Keystone Human Services, during the 49th Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Corporation on November 4, 2021.
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Keystone Moldova’s Self-Advocacy for Better Inclusion Program Receives Policy Impact EASPD Innovation Award

Keystone Moldova has been honored with a Policy Impact EASPD Innovation Award. As part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities recognized 25 innovative practices in support services. The selected practices showcase the successful implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)...
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Parliament Building, Chișinău, Moldova

UK and Moldova Sign Agreement Repatriating Stolen Funds: Keystone Moldova to Monitor Use for Disability Support

(Harrisburg, PA) October 4, 2021 -- On September 21, 2021, British Ambassador to Moldova, Steven Fisher, and Moldovan Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Marcel Spatari named Keystone Moldova, part of PA-based Keystone Human Services, as the monitor and evaluator of the expenditure of funds returned to Moldova by the UK under the UN Convention...
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Marcel Lemnaru

KHS and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The 2021 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion (CRC DGD), held at the UN in Geneva on September 16 and 17, focused on “Child Rights and Alternative Care.” In anticipation of this important event discussing children’s services, KHSI collaborated with SPOON, International Social Service General Secretariat, United Aid for...
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KHS Celebrates DSP Recognition Week September 12-18, 2021

Around the world, we set this week aside to recognize and honor the work of Direct Support Professionals. Here at Keystone Human Services, I’m proud to start the week by reaffirming our commitment to the powerful role DSPs play in making our vision of inclusion and independence real in the lives of individuals and entire...
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