Provides personal and career exploration through a day program, residential program, and supported employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities toward fulfillment of their life goals through choice and support in homes, employment and community activities.
Starting in the 1970s, a nationwide movement began by implementing community-based services in place of often dangerous and discriminatory institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The effort was prompted by the deinstitutionalization lawsuit of Halderman v. Pennhurst and, as a result, people with intellectual/developmental disabilities were reintegrated into society and the population of large state-run institutions was dramatically reduced from nearly 200,000 in 1967 to below 40,000 in 2008. In place of those institutions, smaller settings and systems to support community living were built across the country. Community Living Alternatives, Inc. (CLA) had the wisdom to think differently. Right here in Colorado, CLA was at the forefront of this crusade. Prior to this campaign, common wisdom among the professional community led to the distorted practice that it was best to place people in institutionalized situations, effectively shutting them off from the rest of society. In these settings, there was little hope for living a fulfilling, productive life. CLA, along with several other agencies and organizations in the disabilities community, had the wisdom to think differently by implementing the host home model. In an effort to improve individual services by meeting the broad variety of needs that individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities had, in July of 1991, CLA reduced the number of individuals served in order to step up quality and provide more personalized services to the individuals being served. Since that time, CLA has made a conscious decision to focus on quality of services rather than the quantity of people served.
Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas counties
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Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.