New Castle News

February 28, 2013

Local agency changes name

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Local agency changes name

The former Lawrence County Association for Retarded Citizens is now the Lawrence County Association for Responsible Care.

The name change became official Jan. 22.

“It was time for a change,” said Norman Moses, executive director.

Moses said the word retardation has a negative connotation both with the public and the agency’s clients and their families.

“We were among the last to make the change,” he said, noting the county’s umbrella mental health provider, previously known as Lawrence County Mental Health/Mental Retardation, changed its name to Lawrence County Mental Health and Developmental Services some time ago.

More than the name has changed, Moses said of his organization which has served the community for more than 60 years.

“Our focus is the services that we provide. When we began, we were chief advocates for our clients. As state and federal laws developed, there was less and less need for that, but we still advocate for adults, children and youth who need our services.”

Lawrence County Association for Responsible Care is a private, non-profit organization. It focuses on providing residential and community services for socially, intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals and their families, serving about 300 clients.

The agency also promotes the integration of its clients into the community.

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Human Services Licensing and Pennsylvania Office on Aging recently inspected the agency’s personal care home, adult training facility and community residential homes.

Inspectors notified board president, Judge Dominick Motto, that they were impressed by the high level of care provided, the staff’s dedication to the clients served and the clean, well-maintained home atmosphere at all sites.

Inspections are done annually and at random to assure compliance with regulations designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of individuals served.

The agency provides developmental services in Lawrence County and the New Castle area, operating 15 community residential homes, one adult training facility and a 29-bed personal care home.