Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cost for services at Martha Lloyd Community Services (MLCS)?

A recent study showed MLCS to be one of the most cost effective programs on the East Coast. Professional fees are based on an individual’s Program Plan that includes Residential, Vocational, Day Program, and Medical Monitoring services. Rates vary on the type of services that each individual may need. Rates for fiscal year 2010/2011 begin at $4300.00/month. Please contact the Admissions Office to inquire about the fee structure.

2. What type of funding is available to individuals?

MLCS accepts many forms of public and private funding. It is suggested that families or interested parties inquire about public funding options from their local and/or regional state office. MLCS can also apply a portion of an individual’s Social Security benefit to cover some of the cost for services. Contact the Admissions Office for more information, or if you have specific funding questions.

3. What is Medical Monitoring?

Medical Monitoring is a comprehensive service provided by our Heath Services Departments. The primary role of Health Services is to monitor the health issues and to promote the well being of individuals in Martha Lloyd Community Services’ programs. Learn more.

4. How are families involved at MLCS?

Families are an integral part of Martha Lloyd Community Services. Families participate by taking part in the Individualized Program Plan process, our Board of Directors, our Strategic Planning Committee, and other key organizational committees. Friends and families are also invited to MLCS once a year to participate in the annual sharing and festival.

5. What do the residential homes look like?

Individuals live in an attractive home, either in Troy, Mansfield, or other surrounding communities. The 18 homes are designed to allow for growth and progression to the highest skill level for each resident. A committee made up of families, board members and staff, meet routinely and tour each home to ensure that furnishings continue to provide a supportive and home-like atmosphere. (See locations.)

6. How are MLCS programs licensed?

Martha Lloyd Community Services is licensed by the PA Department of Public Welfare in several categories, including Community Residential Facility, Adult Training Facility, Life Sharing, and Vocational Training Facility. The Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF/ID) is part of the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Program licensed by the PA Department of Health. We are also licensed by the PA Department of Aging as an Older Adult Daily Living Center. Martha Lloyd contracts with approximately 18 counties in Pennsylvania, and the states of New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia. Martha Lloyd is also recognized by the US Armed Forces TRICARE program.

7. What is the admission process for an individual interested in MLCS?

An Admissions Committee oversees the admission process. We require a completed application packet, psychological evaluation, medical history, and any other reports from current or past programs. We also require applicants to visit MLCS. This allows family members and staff an opportunity to meet, ask questions, and tour the variety of programs offered by MLCS. The committee thoroughly reviews all information in order to make an informed decision about admission. This decision is made in as timely a manner as possible, and is based without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual preference, socio-economic status or religious creed.

8. What vocational opportunities are available for individuals at MLCS?

Many opportunities exist for individuals that live at Martha Lloyd Community Services. Individuals experience fulfillment and benefit from increased self-esteem, as they become contributing members of the local economy. The CopperTree Vocational Work Center provides work experiences and training in supportive settings. Learn More.

9. What annual events are held at MLCS?

Every year, MLCS holds an annual festival. At this weekend festival, families, friends, community members and staff gather to celebrate the spirit and tradition that is Martha Lloyd Community Services. Also at the festival, families are invited to join in our annual sharing meeting, where families are updated on events at MLCS. Other events include The Lloyd Fund Pro-Am Golf Classic, staff appreciation picnic, holiday celebrations, and regional family meetings.

10. What is the difference between intellectual and developmental disabilities?

The term developmental disability refers to a severe and chronic disability that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment that begins before an individual reaches the age of 22. These disabilities include mental retardation or intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and disabling conditions closely related to mental retardation or requiring similar treatment. Developmental disabilities result in substantial limitations in three or more areas of major life activities:

  • capacity for independent living
  • economic self-sufficiency
  • learning
  • mobility
  • receptive and expressive language
  • self-care
  • self-direction

The term “intellectual disabilities” is a relatively new term. On April 25, 2003, as part of the annual celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, President George W. Bush renamed the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The term “intellectual disability” is considered the nearest term that can be used as a synonym for “mental retardation.” The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities sought to eliminate the two words that create difficulties for people with “mental retardation.” The word “mental” has often caused confusion with the term “mental illness” and the word “retardation” has often led to the use of offensive name-calling terms. The Committee seeks to eliminate negative attitudes and promote a more positive image for people with intellectual disabilities among the general public. To learn more about intellectual disabilities, visit AAIDD  or The President’s Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities.

11. How can I contribute to MLCS?

People can contribute to MLCS in a variety of ways. See our Donate section for information about the Goodsearch program, our annual fundraiser, the Lloyd Fund and to download a direct donation form.