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A.N.D Hosts Direct Support Professionals Day 2017 Celebration

September 5, 2017

On August 31, 2017, Ability Network of Delaware and its members came together to honor Direct Support Professionals in our community on the 8th annual Direct Support Professionals Day. This special event is meant to show our appreciation for the hard work DSPs do every day helping Delawareans with disabilities while supporting themselves and their […]

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Registration is Open for 2017 Conducting Serious Incident Investigations Training

April 25, 2017

A.N.D. is offering the Conducting Serious Incident Investigations training to meet the requirement in PM 46 regarding investigations training. The curriculum and will include the fundamental principles of conducting investigations including: the types and forms of evidence, investigative techniques for collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, taking statements and reconciling conflicting testimony. This training teaches investigative skills […]

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A.N.D. Leadership Gives Testimony at FY18 JFC Budget Hearings

February 10, 2017

This week, members of the Ability Network of Delaware (A.N.D.) leadership team testified at Joint Finance Committee (JFC) budget hearings for both the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the Division of Developmental Disability Services.  On Tuesday, February 7th, A.N.D. Associate Executive Director, Carolyn Petrak, spoke to the JFC about the need to […]

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Report Points to Solutions for the Public Health Crisis of Addictions

November 23, 2016

On Thursday, November 17, A.N.D. received the following message from Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health: Addiction is one of the nation’s most pressing health concerns. One in seven Americans experience an addiction in their lifetime, and even more will misuse substances. Addiction is a chronic disease that puts a person […]

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A.N.D. Executive Director, Thomas Cook Delivers Testimony at OMB Budget Public Hearing

November 9, 2016

Ability Network of Delaware, Executive Director, Thomas Cook, delivered testimony on Wednesday, November 9th at an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) public hearing in Dover.  Mr. Cook spoke in front of OMB director, Brian Maxwell and staff to encourage the support of $393, 496 in proposed price adjustments to contracts in janitorial services that […]

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A.N.D. Applauds Collaboration that Fosters Future Social Service Workers

October 4, 2016

At the monthly quality meeting of the Document Imaging and Scanning (DIS) team of the Division of Social Services, Ability Network of Delaware member agency,  DePaul Industries  awarded 3 temporary staff certificates of appreciation for their outstanding performance provided to the state. There are multiple service centers in the state that provide countless support services […]

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Ability Network of Delaware Launches Petition Campaign in Support of HB433

September 22, 2016

On September 1, 2016 the Ability Network of Delaware (A.N.D.) launched a petition campaign in support of House Bill (HB) 433, legislation introduced in June 2016 by Representative Melanie George Smith, the co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee.  HB 433 mandates that services to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities be funded at 100% of the market […]

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Thomas Cook, Executive Director Testifies at House Health Committee in Support of HB433

July 13, 2016

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Thomas Cook, executive director of the Ability Network of Delaware (A.N.D.) testified in support of House Bill 433, an act that will mandate the funding of developmental disability services in Delaware at 100% of the market rate. In his testimony, Thomas reported the House Health Committee that the Developmental Disability […]

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DelARF Relaunched as the Ability Network of Delaware

April 8, 2016

March 23, 2016, marked a new beginning for the Delaware Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (DelARF). As of that date, DelARF began doing business as the Ability Network of Delaware (A.N.D.). This new identity more accurately reflects the focus of the Association’s membership on the strengths of the people they serve and the rich community interactions […]

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April Member Spotlight

April 30, 2015

DelARF is proud to shine our Member Spotlight for the month of April, Autism Awareness Month, on Autism Delaware. As part of the month’s awareness activities, Autism Delaware was on hand in Legislative Hall on April 2nd for Smart Cookie Day, an annual opportunity to meet with members of the First State’s General Assembly. Autism […]

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2015 DSP Day Call for Nominations!

April 21, 2015

It is time once again to honor our most dedicated and remarkable professionals at the 2015 DSP Day Luncheon. Nominate an outstanding DSP and join us for 2015 Direct Support Professionals Day on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Download the Call for Nominations for this year’s event for instructions, guidelines and more details. The deadline […]

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A.N.D. Sponsored Janitorial Training

April 15, 2015

Working in collaboration with our partners from SourceAmerica, DelARF sponsored a 3-day Janitorial Training event in New Castle April 7th through 9th. The training was designed to benefit the entry-level custodial employee as well as teach seasoned managers some of the best practices in the janitorial services arena. Source America’s Charles “Mickey” Crowe, one of the […]

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Member Advantages

April 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a new partnership to benefit all of our members. The Outside-In® Companies, CBI Group, Placers and Barton Career Advisors provide talent management services in recruitment, temporary staffing, and outplacement. “We know that talent can be a real difference maker in your company. As a DelARF member, […]

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