Vision Statement: BARC Development Services will assist and support individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism to reach their fullest potential, lead happy lives and contribute to their community.
Please see below for up to date information for the agencies response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
April 2, 2021: BPSQ and BPSW Will Temporarily Close due to the Positivity Rate
We just received notification that the positivity rate in Bucks County reached 11% today, which means the county has once again moved into the Substantial level, and we are expected to close our day programs at BPSQ and BPSW.
While we regret the need to close, for the safety and well-being of the individuals we support and our staff, we find it necessary to do so.
Therefore, beginning Monday, April 5th, 2021, our two day programs sites (BPSQ and BPSW) are closed for the individuals we support until further notice. We will post updates on both the BARC Facebook page and on the home page of our website, as they become available.
You can also call BPSQ at 215-536-4048 or BPSW at 215-672-6010. You will hear a message that states our programs are closed until further notice.
In line with current recommendations, we are expected to remain closed until the positivity rate in Bucks County drops below 10% for two (2) consecutive weeks. Once that occurs, we will let everyone affected by the closure know when we plan to reopen, along with other pertinent details.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these very challenging and difficult times. We urge you to continue to follow the most current CDC guidelines and stay well.
Date: March 3, 2021
To: Individuals, Families, Team Members, Residential Workers, Therapists and Supports Coordinators
From: Eric Macklin, Residential Director
Re: Updates and Changes to COVID Precautions
I would like to take this opportunity to express my continued gratitude to all of the people who this letter is being sent. COVID has affected us in many ways and we have each developed our own personal coping techniques while adapting our daily routines in many ways. What I am thankful for is what each of you has done for the individuals that BARC Developmental Services supports residentially. I am very proud of how incredibly well you have helped the individuals adapt to the changes in their lives and remain as safe and healthy as possible. The role each of you plays has allowed the end result to occur. Lastly, I would like to thank the individuals for their patience, understanding, flexibility and courage during the past year.
As of today, all individuals, with the exception of two who were not cleared medically, have been fully vaccinated. Many workers also elected to be vaccinated. Additionally, the Bucks County COVID rate has been under 10% for the past three weeks. We have worked hard to maintain high standards of screening for COVID symptoms upon arrival at worksites, following cleaning protocols and testing for COVID when needed. For these reasons the following changes are effective now:
- Individuals’ outings into the community can occur to locations where social distancing can take place. The individual must be able to wear a mask and social distance for the full length of the outing.
- Dining out is not being reinstated for individuals and remains prohibited. Drive thru and delivery food is permitted at this time with full precautions in place including washing of hands and the use of hand sanitizer before and after the handling of bags, etc.
- Medical appointments of all kinds will resume for individuals. This includes office visits and in-home therapies. Telehealth appointments will continue if desired by the medical professional.
- Schedules for office staff are being reviewed again to continue to balance the number of staff in the office together each day of the week. This will increase the number of staff in the office each day going forward.
- Certain in-person trainings for associates are resuming while virtual trainings will continue for the majority of courses.
- Visits for families with individuals will be resuming effective immediately either at the residential offices or outside of the residential homes depending on the weather. Contact the House Manager or Program Manager / Coordinator to schedule the visit and to learn about the precautions that are in place.
11/10/2020 Residential Visitor Policy Update
Below is an update for the agencies ICF Residential Reopening Plan. This plan is available in a seven page pdf format. The plan was created by Residential Director Eric Macklin.
Thank you to our incredible staff and contractors for their supports to our children and adults over the past several months. A true example of dedication, compassion and resilience.
EARLY INTERVENTION UPDATE: Parents are offered the services according to their child’s Individualized Family Service Plan by teleintervention. Early Intervention team members are providing support and strategies to each family via a convenient platform. Families that prefer not to participate in teleintervention services are on hold until face to face service is allowed.
As we work closely with our government entities regarding the ever changing information regarding COVID-19, we ask that you please check our Facebook page and website (barcprograms.org) frequently for the most up to date information regarding our services. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this rapidly changing situation.
Who We Are
We are people with disabilities and the members, parents, and staff who support them…We are guided by a volunteer board of directors.
We were founded in 1951 by parents of children with developmental delays. These parents sought growth and achievement opportunities for their children. Today we serve over 700 individuals from birth through retirement.
Early Intervention Programs
We help infants and toddlers develop a variety of skills through our Early Intervention Program. The family is central in planning supports for their child.
We support individuals in their homes through our Residential Program. The supports we provide are as varied as the dreams of the people we serve.
We help develop work skills needed by individuals to earn wages through our Vocational Services Program and our Production Services Program. The JOBS Program offers community based employment services for disabled adults; for more information on JOBS Click Here
Those who choose to work within BARC Developmental Services do so in a multi-faceted environment that allows each associate to perform, grow and succeed. Because we are a growth-oriented, creative agency we seek associates with wide ranging skills and backgrounds to join our team. Many of our employees feel strongly about what we do here at BARC, to read some of their testimonies, click the link to be redirected to our careers page. Read More