INnovative Supports Program for Immigrant and Refugee Empowerment (INSPIRE)

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    MSS connects clients to needed supports including medical care.
NSC provides strengths-based case management and occupational therapy support to immigrants and refugees with extensive medical needs, including developmental disabilities through the INSPIRE program.

Nationalities Service Center's INSPIRE program offers strengths-based case management and occupational therapy support to immigrants and refugees with extensive medical needs, including developmental disabilities. The INSPIRE team collaborates with clients to break down barriers caused by complex health needs, chronic medical conditions, and other factors limiting the progress of their healthcare goals.

Services Offered:

Case Management: Utilizing a strengths-based case management approach, the INSPIRE team works alongside clients to achieve goals, understanding, and self-sufficiency. INSPIRE provides referrals to additional social service and community supports, coordination with medical and mental health providers, advocacy for services, educational supports, and linkage to supportive services, including Social Security Disability, Medical Assistance transportation, Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS), waiver services, and others.

Occupational Therapy: Through partnership with the Jefferson School of Occupational Therapy, clients in the INSPIRE program receive occupational therapy services to support their daily needs. OTs design and implement a combination of group and individual client-centered interventions to achieve general goals of participation in meaningful, health promoting daily work, home management, and self-care activities.

The INSPIRE program is currently actively engaging stakeholders across Pennsylvania to create an opportunity to connect and begin dialogue with service providers across different sectors in Pennslyvania through a 5-year grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) by looking at what services are currently in place for Limited English Proficient (LEP) clients with developmental disabilities, what are the challenges, and what we need to see across the state.

The INSPIRE program is currently funded by USCRI and the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Preferred Communities Program and the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC).

Eligibility: Clients served in this program must be a refugee, asylee, or other ORR eligible populations who have been in the U.S. for less than five years or an immigrant with Limited English Proficiency who has a diagnosed developmental disability.

Referral: For more information about INSPIRE or to make a referral, please complete the referral form below and contact: Christina Kubica, Program Coordinator, at ckubica@nscphila.org

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