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Innovative Supports Program for Immigrant and Refugee Empowerment (INSPIRE)

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.

The INSPIRE program provides services to immigrant and refugee individuals and families with extensive healthcare needs, including developmental disabilities, through case management and occupational therapy support.

Nationalities Service Center's INSPIRE program offers intensive, strengths-based case management and occupational therapy supports to immigrant and refugee individuals and families with extensive healthcare 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 and life 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 advocacy, 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 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, SIV, asylee, T-visa holder, or Cuban/Haitian entrant and have obtained that status with the last 5 years OR a Limited English Proficient individual with a developmental disability.

Referral: For more information about INSPIRE or to make a referral, please complete the referral form below and contact: Christina Kubica, Refugee Health and INSPIRE Program Manager, at


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