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Developmental Services Division

Sara Craddock, Director of Developmental Services

434.799.0456, Ext. 3121

245 Hairston Street

Danville, VA 24540

e-mail:  scraddock@dpcs.org

Welcome to the Developmental Services Division

The Developmental Services Division provides a services system that assists citizens of Danville and Pittsylvania County with developmental disability in having the same opportunities and choices as other members of the community in the following areas:

  • to have a home

  • to learn skills which are useful to their lives and careers

  • to work

  • to develop and sustain relationships with people who depend on them and upon whom they can depend

The Developmental Services Division offers the services listed below.  For more information, click on the service of interest.

Case Management Services

Gayle Burnette, Director of Case Management Services

434.799.0456, Ext. 3059

245 Hairston Street

Danville, VA 24540

email:  gburnette@dpcs.org

Case Management assists individuals with developmental disability and their families in accessing services, supports, and resources within their community.  Case Management functions as the door through which an individual passes to access needed services.

Case Management is licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Case Management Services include:

  • Determination of eligibility for Developmental Disability Waiver Services

  • Assistance in transitioning from state facility-based services to local community-based services

  • Identifying and reaching out to potentially eligible individuals

  • Assessing needs and planning services

  • Linking and assisting individuals in obtaining needed services, supports, and resources

  • Coordinating services with other providers

  • Enhancing community integration

  • Monitoring service delivery

  • Advocating for people in response to their changing needs

Developmental Disability Case Managers determine eligibility for Waiver Services.  In order to be eligible, an individual must have a diagnosis of a developmental disability and must meet functional and financial eligibility.  For additional information, please call 434.799.0456.

Case Managers also assist individuals residing in Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities; Central Virginia Training Center and Southside Virginia Training Center; and the state mental health facility that serves Danville and Pittsylvania County, Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute; in transitioning from state facility-based services to local community-based services.

Call 434.799.0456 to make a referral for Developmental Disability Case Management Services or to ask questions and obtain additional information.


Oral Healthcare Access Program
245 Hairston Street
Danville, Virginia 24540

In collaboration with the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, Delta Dental of Virginia, and Danville Regional Dental Society, this program provides funding for some high-need, low-income adults with a developmental disability to receive care for untreated oral disease. Case managers coordinate dental services for consumers identified as without resources to pay for oral healthcare. This grant program ensures dentists receive reimbursement for services, ensures appointments are kept, reduces transportation barriers to appointments, and reduces use of the hospital Emergency Department for dental care.



Child and Adolescent Services

Ashley Cox, Director of Child and Adolescent Services

434.799.0456, Ext. 3141

245 Hairston Street

Danville, VA 24540

e-mail:  acox@dpcs.org

Child and Adolescent Services provides services to children from birth through age 17 who have developmental disabilities.  These services are implemented through Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (also known as Early Intervention Services) and Case Management for children and adolescents. 

Early Intervention

Early Intervention provides a full range of services for babies with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families.  The goal of services is to provide formal and informal support to meet outcomes identified by families for their children.  Our specific goal is to assist parents in meeting the unique developmental needs of each child.  We provide outreach, coordinate services, and make referrals in the community as needed.

Service Coordination

Each family is assigned a Service Coordinator who ensures that services provided to their child and his/her family best meet their needs.  Service coordination is provided at no cost to the family.

Developmental Screenings and Assessments

Each child will receive a developmental screening and/or assessment to evaluate his or her developmental levels in five areas of skill:  cognitive, communication, social or emotional, physical, and adaptive.  Initial screenings and assessments will be provided at no cost to the family.

Specialized Services

Part C infants and families will receive the appropriate services determined through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to help promote developmental progress.  Based on the child’s and family’s needs, the following services may be provided by local agencies:

  • Developmental Services

  • Physical Therapy

  • Speech Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Family Counseling and Support

  • Audiology Services

  • Vision Services

  • Assistive Technology

  • Health

  • Social Services

  • Nursing Services

Child and Adolescent Case Management

Children receiving case management services are assigned a Case Manager who has specific knowledge about child development and local resources available for children and adolescents from age 3 through age 17.  Case managers assist individuals with developmental disabilities in obtaining services they need by assessing the individual’s needs, developing a service plan specific to the individual, advocating for the establishment of needed services, and providing direction and support to children and adolescents as they move through the service system. 

To Make A Referral

Part C Early Intervention Services and Child and Adolescent Case Management Services can be accessed by calling 434.799.0456 extension 3141.  Referrals are made directly to the Director of Child and Adolescent Services.  Frequently, these referrals are made by parents or pediatricians.  Anyone, however, can make a referral with a parent’s consent.  For referral information for Part C Early Intervention Services outside of the services area, contact the Referral Line at 800.234.1448 or visit the website at www.infantva.org.


Summer Respite Services

Janice McKenna, Director of Day Services

434.797.3401, Ext. 3301

103 Dewey Place

Danville, VA 24541

e-mail:  jmckena@dpcs.org


Summer Respite Services allow children and youth time together during the summer for social and recreational activities.

Day Services covers the fee for eligible children ages 6 to 21 living in Pittsylvania County to attend the Summer Camp program at Stonewall Therapeutic Recreation Center.

The staff provides transportation to and from the campers’ homes to Stonewall Therapeutic Recreation Center. Campers enjoy a wide range of activities including swimming, movies, bowling, exercise, and cultural events.

Campers also enjoy the opportunity to interact and have fun with their peers.

Our goal is to expose children and youth to a variety of leisure and recreational activities and, at the same time, teach life skills.


Residential Services

Corene Hermanson,

Director of Residential Services

434.792.2789, Ext. 3734

505 Keen Street

Danville, VA 24540

e-mail:  chermanson@dpcs.org



Group Home Residential Services

Group home residential services are congregate residential services providing 24-hour supports, including all needed assistance and skill building activities to individuals in a community-based home and other settings in the community.  Emphasis is placed on supporting each person to develop his or her personal lifestyle so he or she can become as independent as possible.

Individuals receive services that enable them to improve or maintain the skills necessary to live in the community.  Our goal is to provide high quality, community-based services so the individuals we serve can enjoy their life to the fullest.

Individuals receive training and assistance with: 

          Personal care (bathing, dressing, eating, and grooming)



          Housekeeping and laundry


          Food preparation

          Medication administration and physician visits

          Community activities

          Transportation to all events and appointments 

Our agency (DPCS) currently operates two group homes that are licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) – Ashlawn View and Keen Street Group Home.

Community ICF/IID Residential Services

Community Intermediate Care Families for Individuals with Intellectual Disability (ICF/IID) homes provide 24-hour supports to individuals in a community-based dwelling.  Community ICF/IID homes provide health or rehabilitative services and provide “active treatment” to individuals receiving services toward the achievement of a more independent level of functioning or an improved quality of life.  A community ICF/IID provides a package of all needed services through one entity.  DPCS operates two community ICF/IID homes that are licensed by the DBHDS and certified for Medicaid by the Department of Health and the Office of Licensing and Certification – River View Place and Mount Hermon Manor.

Supportive Residential Services

Individuals receive assistance and support in their own homes, which enables them to continue living in the community.  Services can be provided for an individual who lives alone or with family members.

Emphasis is placed on individual needs and empowering the person to meet the challenges of living in the community.

Individuals receive training and assistance with:

          Learning to solve problems

          Appropriate peer interaction

          Cooking, cleaning, and shopping

          Money management

          Community inclusion


Day Services

Janice McKenna,

Director of Day Services

434.797.3401, Ext. 3301

103 Dewey Place

Danville, VA 24541

e-mail:  jmckenna@dpcs.org


The Day Services Program assists Danville and Pittsylvania County citizens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to reach their fullest potential by providing supports to access available resources from their local and surrounding communities.  Day Services provides a supportive environment where individuals with developmental disabilities are treated with dignity and respect.  These individuals are active participants in the development of services identified in their Individualized Person-Centered Plan that offer choices reflecting their strengths and developing their functional skills in order to maximize their potential while making and strengthening community connections.

Community Engagement/Community Coaching programs are directed by the individual and their person-centered plan that support and foster the ability of the individual to acquire, retain, or improve skills that are necessary to build positive social behavior, interpersonal competence, greater independence, employability and personal choice.  These skills are necessary to access typical activities and functions of community life such as those chosen by the general population.  The activities may include community education or training, retirement, volunteering.  Community Engagement provides a wide variety of opportunities to facilitate and build relationships with natural supports in the community, while utilizing the community as a learning environment.

Group Day activities might include going out to eat, attending social groups such as Senior Centers, local gyms and recycling, shopping, and swimming.  Individuals are able to make visits to the library, museums, or special out-of-town attractions.  There is a strong emphasis on volunteer opportunities for individuals.

The center is equipped with a full kitchen for cooking activities, arts and crafts area, an exercise room, a game room and a computer lab.

Individuals receive training and assistance with the following skills:

          Development of sensory, gross and fine motor skills

          Development of self, social, and environmental awareness skills

♦          Skill building and support as needed in communication and personal


♦          Skill building and supports as needed in positive behavior; the use

            of community resources, community safety

          Positive peer interactions and social skills

          Support to make and strengthen community connections

          Development of problem solving skills

          Support with personal care

♦          Development of skills required for employment in the community


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