Community Skills Program® - a division of Success Rehabilitation, Inc. is a non-residential, post-acute program designed to assist individuals with brain injury to make the transition from hospital-based/facility-based programs to living as independently as possible in their own home and community.
Community Skills Program® provides services in New Jersey and the following counties in Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York.
In 1981, Ray Finley, Ph.D., and Sally Kneipp, Ph.D., CRC, founded Counseling and Rehabilitation, Inc. and started the Community Skills Program®, to assist people with traumatic brain injuries when reentering their communities, by providing one-to-services to them in their homes and other places within their communities. By the late 1980s, Community Skills Program® was serving an increasing number of clients not only in Pennsylvania but also in New Jersey. Dr. Finley and Dr. Kneipp established another corporation in 1989, in New Jersey, called Counseling and Rehabilitation of New Jersey, Inc. While there were two corporations, the Community Skills Program® continued to operate as a single entity.
In 2022, after directing Community Skills Program® continuously for 41 years, Dr. Kneipp decided to transfer the Community Skills Program® to Success Rehabilitation, Inc., effective January 1, 2023, with Stefani Eichelberger, M.S.W., LCSW, CBIS, CESP, client services liaison at Community Skills Program® for 14 years, becoming the director of Community Skills Program®. She will report to Joanne Tangney, M.S.W., LSW, president and chief executive officer of Success Rehabilitation.
Read Press Release : Community Skills Program® Joins Success Rehabilitation's Continuum of Care
Stefani Eichelberger, M.S.W., LCSW, CBIS, CESP,
new director of Community Skills Program®
Community Skills Program® - Program Focus
Staff work one-to-one with their clients in the clients’ homes and communities, to enable them to maximize self-directed, responsible behavior, live as independently as possible in the community and achieve a satisfactory or better quality of life. The number of days of an individual’s participation is variable and may be provided in conjunction with day program or outpatient services. In addition to individual services, the person served may participate in therapeutic group activities. As individuals make progress and establish their own support system in the community, their involvement with Community Skills Program® is gradually and systematically reduced. This carefully designed process fosters increasing independence and maximizes the individual’s potential for successful community living.
Examples of the type of services that may be provided in an individual’s rehabilitation service plan (RSP) include:
Assistive community integration
Cognitive rehabilitation therapy
Family education and involvement
Life skills training
Social skills training
Socialization/leisure time activities
Community based work assessments
Work-based learning experiences
Job development/placement and job coaching
To be considered for Community Skills Program® an individual must meet the following criteria:
Be 18 years of age or older
Be medically stable
Have functional mobility with or without assistive devices
Not be physically assaultive or abusive
Not be abusing alcohol or drugs
Be willing to participate in Community Skills Program®
Although referrals to Community Skills Program® are typically initiated by medical practitioners, insurance representatives, state agency personnel, or case managers, anyone can make a referral. The specific pre-admission/pre-enrollment procedures may vary somewhat, depending on the funding source. The pre-admission evaluation includes an in-person initial interview, typically conducted at the individual’s home, input from support persons in the individual’s life, and a review of the individual’s medical records. A comprehensive report is prepared, specifying the recommended services, the goals and objectives, and the plan to achieve them.
Make A Referral
To make a referral or for more information about Community Skills Program®, please contact Stefani Eichelberger, M.S.W., LCSW, CBIS, CESP, director of Community Skills Program® by telephone at (267) 990-8690 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here
A Message From The Founders
Joanne Tangney, Founder & CEO
" We are truly humbled to have the trust of Dr. Sally Kneipp, founder of Community Skills Program®, and will work with her to continue, under Success Rehabilitation, to build on her legacy and the incredible work of Community Skills Program®."
Sally Kneipp, Founder
Community Skills Program®
" Given the values and vision of Success Rehabilitation’s team members and the continuity and consistency of their management, it seemed logical for Success to take the reins in expanding Community Skills Program® non-residential home and community-based services under their leadership."