Services for Adults

The Barber National Institute provides services for adults with disabilities and behavioral health challenges that will foster greater independence, increase community involvement and improve social interaction in Erie, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, PA.

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Behavioral Health Services

The Barber National Institute provides services for adults with behavioral health challenges that will foster greater independence, increase community involvement and improve social interaction. These services include Mental Health Partial Hospitalization, Blended Case Management, and our new Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic

Educational Services

The Adult Basic Education / Adult Literacy Program at the Barber National Institute offers instruction in math, reading and writing skills. The adults in the program are over the age of 17 and have intellectual challenges and learning disabilities.

Adult Day Programs

Adult Day Services provide a variety of programs and flexibility in services so that we can best meet the needs of individuals with developmental challenges and maximize individual strengths. We provide services that will foster greater independence, increase community involvement and improve social interaction.  These programs include Club Erie, Journeys Program, Wheels in Motion, Lakeside Senior Center, and Home & Community Habilitation.

Residential Services

The range of options available through Residential Services all promote shared goals: to facilitate individual choice, foster greater independence and community involvement, and provide a comfortable, life-enriching home life.  Adult Residential Services offer a multitude of programs for their residents including Community Homes, Supported Living, Respite Care, and Lifesharing through Family Living. The Mental Health Partial Program helps individuals with a mental health diagnosis manage daily challenges. 

Recreation & Socialization

There are a variety of recreational activities that promote socialization for adults with intellectual disabilities. ESO Dances extend an open invitation to adults with an intellectual disability to enjoy an evening of fun, dancing, and friendship with their peers.  ESO Summer Camp offers social opportunities through various skill building activities, adaptive sports, creative arts, and recreation.

Employment Services

Employment services help individuals with intellectual disabilities build job readiness and also help locate a job in the community.  These services range from Transitional Work Services (TWS), where an individual can gain a variety of work experiences and specialized training in landscaping, food service, janitorial work, and machine operation, to Supported Employment, in which an individual will have a community-based job assessment, training and help with the job search and interview process, and job coaching once employed.