Adult Shared Living Services 

ENHANCING THE LIVES OF OUR CLIENTS AND COMMUNITY

Program Description

The Becket's Shared Living program is an enhanced family care residential service option for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders. Shared Living Providers may be families, individuals or couples supporting individuals in their home providing opportunities to learn new skills, socialize, participate in community activities, develop natural supports, and live a meaningful life in their community.

Our careful, thoughtful, and personalized matching process ensures that there is a strong compatibility between each individual and their provider. We strive to achieve an individualized, customized living situation that promotes development of a strong foundation for meaningful and long-lasting relationships. All prospective providers must undergo an extensive background screening process and complete a thorough home assessment prior to being accepted into the program. Providers receive extensive training, case management, and access to an array of supports including: consultative services such as clinical, behavioral and nursing supports, respite, and 24-hour emergency on-call services.

Our Shared Living program may include an array of service options tailored to each individual’s needs:

Specialized Shared Living Services

Specialized Shared Living is an alternative to the traditional shared living services and staffed residential service programs. It is designed to support individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral needs. This service incorporates residential staff support and embedded clinical services from our Clinical Intervention Support Team.

Clinical Intervention Support Team Assessment Services:

Our Clinical Intervention Support Team Assessment Service utilizes a wraparound team-based planning model that is multi-faceted and individualized for individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral needs. Our Clinical Intervention Support Team includes an array of professionals with extensive experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders. Our team includes a licensed psychologist, physician, psychiatric nurse practitioner, medical nurse practitioner, and a behavior analyst. The team engages the individual, providers, and staff to assess and monitor evolving needs, make recommendations, and create strategies to support the individual in a holistic and person-centered manner.

 

Community Participation Services

Community Participation Services are specifically tailored to provide individuals the opportunity to participate in integrated community activities. Our Community Integration Specialists assist individuals to increase independence, fulfill personal goals, learn or improve decision-making skills, safety skills and/or social skills. This may include a variety of community-based activities and volunteer opportunities that are inclusive and person-centered.

 

Supported Employment Services

Supported Employment Services offer assistance to individuals who would like to obtain competitive employment. Our Employment Specialists develop relationships with businesses within local communities and assist individuals in seeking employment in inclusive settings.  Services may include assistance with resume building, job searches, interview skills, training, assistive technology, transportation and development of natural supports. 

Leadership

 

Jennifer Cordaro is Executive Director of Shared Living Services. She has twenty years’ experience in the areas of business development, advocacy, clinical and program leadership in the developmental disability, child welfare, and behavioral health fields. Jennifer served as the Senior Vice President of National Operations for LifeShare Management Group for fifteen years, where she developed and managed services in six states. She was instrumental in the development of a cutting- edge crisis response service utilized as an alternative to traditional behavioral health crisis interventions for managed care organizations. Most recently, Jennifer served as Vice President for Easterseals NH where she managed the community-based services division. As the Executive Director at Becket, Jen has developed an innovative array of specialized services for individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders, and is working to expand these services throughout New England. Jen holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She resides in Kensington with her husband and two children.

jennifer.cordaro@becket.org

Executive Director

Jennifer Cordaro, M.Ed.