Raystown Developmental Services Inc. is a home, school, community, and site based service provider offering a variety of behavioral health and intellectual disability services to children, adolescents, and adults in Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Juniata Counties. Our services are designed to strengthen and emphasize individual choice. All of our services are provided with compassion, respect, and our staff’s awareness of every individual’s privacy.
The Family Preservation and Reunification program offers support to families with a child at risk for or currently placed out of the home. We provide intensive services in the home, working in cooperation with the family, and Children and Youth Services, to determine risk factors. For children at risk, we help the family develop goals that address those risk factors, so that children can remain in their homes. For those children placed out of the home, our goal is for their safe return.
Family Connections supports children who have been placed out of the home in Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Juniata Counties. This program is a supervised visitation program that acknowledges the importance of continued parental and family contact for children in out-of-home placement. This program focuses on the child’s needs for nurturing and fun, and helps maintain critical family attachments with their children in the safest and most natural environment possible while they are in placement.
Family Group Decision Making supports families in Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Juniata Counties. This is a voluntary program that focuses on the process of bringing families together with the people who support them, to assist the family in making decisions to keep their children safe. We provide the following types of conferences in contracted counties:
Family Group Conferences strengthen relationships between families and service providers, allowing the family to play a bigger role in the solution, not just the problem. The focus is on safety, permanence, and well-being for the children.
Family Court Conferences provide an opportunity for the family, attorneys, and service providers to address family needs. The group comes together to review the family’s plan and permanency review order. The plan is then examined to ensure it addresses the protection and safety of the child, and other issues identified by the court.
Truancy Elimination Conferences are a partnership between the student, their family, the school, and involved community agencies. The group examines the issues related to the student’s truancy and develops a plan to address these issues, outlining specific responsibilities of those willing to support the plan.
Family Support Conferences provide the family the opportunity to develop their original Family Service Plan and Child Permanency Plan. The family comes together with their supports and caseworker to develop a plan that addresses the safety concerns that led to the agency’s involvement with them.
The Supervised Visitation Service supports children and non-custodial parents in Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Juniata Counties. This service provides a safe environment and advocacy for the child’s needs during court ordered visits. We do this at the Raystown Developmental Services office, where we offer comfortable rooms for visitation. Visits are monitored by trained staff whose goal is to insure the safety and well-being of the child.
Our Independent Living program supports adolescents between sixteen and twenty-one years of age in foster care placement in Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin Counties. We provide a variety of services that are unique to each individual’s goals. We do this by coordinating services deemed necessary to help these individuals make progress towards their goals, and to provide support as they work towards independence.
The Residential Living program supports residents of Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Juniata counties by operating Community Living homes for adults with intellectual disabilities. Our community living homes can support one to four individuals per home. We provide a safe and nurturing environment in each of our homes, and practice the philosophy that every individual has a right to live the life they choose. Family members are always welcome and invited to be a part of their loved one’s life.
We are able to operate successful Community Living homes by supporting our residents in becoming fully integrated into their communities. Personal choice is paramount in our homes, as evidenced by the way the homes are arranged and decorated. Additional supports to our residents can include medical monitoring and representative payee services.
The Life Sharing program supports adults with intellectual disabilities. This program supports both the consumer and a host family in the community that agrees to provide a caring and nurturing household for the individual. Consumers’ lives are enhanced as they have the opportunity to share responsibilities, successes, and challenges that occur in the course of normal day-to-day family life. Raystown Developmental Services provides support and supervision to the host families.
Our Community Participation Supports program is designed to support adults with intellectual disabilities. The program features a central hub where participants can meet daily, and increases the opportunities for these individuals to engage in preferred and meaningful activities within their community. We are able to achieve positive outcomes by encouraging participants to give direct input into their daily activity schedule. We also have a low staff to individual ratio, which ensures that each person has ample opportunities to engage in activities they enjoy. Daily activities are a combination of community-based and facility-based activities.
Administrative Office &
Community Participation &
710 Mount Vernon Ave
Huntingdon PA 16652
Huntingdon County Family Services
306 Penn Street
Huntingdon PA 16652
2 East Market Street
Lewistown PA 17044
Mifflin County Family Services
152 East Market Street
Lewistown PA 17044