News Stories for 2023


What Is a Direct Support Professional?

Direct Support Professionals or DSPs work directly with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing support to help them live full lives at home, work, school, and in the community.
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Legislative Roundtable on the Need for a Sustainable Human Service System

On April 20, 2023, Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) held a Legislative Roundtable, hosted by Keystone Human Services, for an open discussion on the human services system with legislative leaders.
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Bree with a book

Blind Date with a Book: Building a Community

Bree Dougherty is building a community of readers and book lovers. When she started in the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), she was in her early 20s. Like many people in their 20s, she was trying to make her way in the world. Through ACAP, she worked with staff who supported her with her goals...
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Dr. Kimberly Siegfried

Keystone Human Services announces Kimberly Siegfried, Ph.D., as new Vice President of Clinical Services

(Harrisburg, PA) March 30, 2023 – Keystone Human Services is pleased to announce Kimberly Siegfried, Ph.D., as Vice President of Clinical Services. Dr. Siegfried has over 20 years of experience promoting positive behavior supports and inclusive practices for people with developmental disabilities and other complex needs.
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A Successful First SRV International Distance Conference

A Successful First SRV International Distance Conference

Over 300 people from 11 different countries came together to explore powerful ideas in the first International Social Role Valorization Distance Conference. Held on February 22-24, 2023 and organized by the Keystone Institute, the conference featured six keynote addresses, 33 concurrent sessions, and a diversity of presenters and attendees.
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Keystone Human Services receives international Zero Project Award for its Technology for Independent Living program as an innovative model for supporting people with intellectual disability

(Harrisburg, PA, February 23, 2023) -- Keystone Human Services received a Zero Project Award for its innovative Technology for Independent Living program, launched in 2018 through KHS’s Intellectual Disability Services.
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Assistance Dogs Change Lives: Listen on The Spark

“Having my [assistance] dog with me made such a difference in the stress levels at work that I got healthier,” said Ramon Selove during an interview on The Spark with WITF. “I ended up being able to complete my whole thirty years with a normal retirement. It was ten years of work history that nobody...
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SSD Patriot Award

Director of Susquehanna Service Dogs Receives Patriot Award

We’re proud to share that Susquehanna Service Dogs Director Deb Tack has received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office within the Department of Defense. This award is given to supervisors and employers who support their Guard and Reserve employees.
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Julie Rizzo

Keystone Human Services Announces New President and CEO of Keystone Autism Services

(Harrisburg, PA, January 25, 2023) -- Keystone Autism Services (KAS), a subsidiary of Keystone Human Services, announced today that Julie Rizzo has been named the new President/CEO and Executive Director of Keystone Autism Services.
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Chuck Sweeder

Keystone Human Services Announces New President and CEO

(Harrisburg, PA, January 24, 2023) -- Keystone Human Services is pleased to announce Charles S. Sweeder as the third President and CEO in KHS history. He succeeds Charles J. Hooker III, who retired on January 24, 2023.
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