Hartwood Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that develops and operates residential service programs for persons with intellectual disabilities in Virginia. Founded in 1973 by a small group of families, our first program provided respite services to individuals and families at a time when there was virtually no services available in northern Virginia for young adults who had “aged out” of the school system. The organization has evolved over the years and we now operate 17 additional community based group homes, along with a variety of family support programs. Nearly 100 persons live in our full-time community homes. Some 50 to 60 persons use the respite program annually. And, many others are involved in the family support programs we operate in cooperation with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.
Hartwood programs are licensed through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services- Office of Licensing. Our programs are operated in cooperation with, and receive funding from, the Arlington Community Services Board, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, and/or the Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services Agency. We also operate six homes in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Section 8 Housing Subsidy Program (Section 202/8 or Section 811) and provide federal housing subsidies based on need to the persons living in those homes.
We employ about 200 employees, half of whom work full-time. All but 14 employees work directly with the persons for whom we provide direct care and support. Over and above training mandated by the Office of Licensure and the CSBs, staff also receive Hartwood sponsored supplemental training with a strong emphasis on on-the-job, hands-on training. This specialized training ensures that each staffer is able to provide the quality care desired and needed by the individuals we support.
The men and women who receive support through Hartwood are a very diverse group. In addition to intellectual disabilities, many live with other physical and intellectual challenges that require a broad range of support including barrier-free and adapted environments, special medical and personal care regimens, and have their own specific set of wants and interests. Hartwood works with each person on an individual basis to develop the support each one needs and wants in order to create the opportunities that make for a satisfying and productive life.
Hartwood maintains a variety of professional affiliations that assist in keeping pace with the latest thinking and best practice issues in our field. In addition, our affiliations allow us to network with other professionals to share insights and ideas.