Project CARE / Serving Special Needs Citizens

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The Mission of Project CARE is to improve the lives of the Special Needs Population in our community through Education, Resources, Opportunities, Support, Legislation, and Advocacy.  

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Project CARE is a group of local community partners that have united to better serve the special needs population of Northeast Arkansas. Our partner members currently include:


Arkansas Department of Human Services

4701 Colony Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72404


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The Jonesboro Human Development Center is a state-funded residential facility which provides training and care for people with intellectual challenges or related conditions. The center serves approximately 100 people on its campus, while also offering support services to those in the surrounding community who might benefit from alternative living/service options. The goal of the center is to provide the supports and training needed to help people reach their maximum potential in life while considering their rights to dignity and respect.

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Arkansas Rehabilitation Services / Division of Workforce Services 

2311 E. Nettleton Avenue, Ste G, Jonesboro AR 72401


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The mission of the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Subdivision is to assist persons with disabilities so they are empowered to become employed.  Arkansas Rehabilitation Services helps individuals overcome those obstacles by focusing on ABILITY rather than DISABILITY.  Please call to discuss further details all the services that can be provided. 

Please contact our office to discuss further details all the services that can be provided. 

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Brookland Public Schools

200 W School St. Brookland, AR 72417 


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K-12 Special Education, High School Transition Program 

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The City of Jonesboro

300 South Church Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401

(870) 932-1052

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David E. Puryear Center / The Learning Center of Northeast Arkansas

2806 Fox Meadow Lane, Jonesboro, AR 72404 


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The David E. Puryear Center is an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.  We provide 24/7 care for 10 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We work with each adult on the activities of daily living, social communication, community involvement, and other skills that will help them live more independent lives. Mission Statement: To provide quality residential and medical care for adults with intellectual disabilities, while working with these individuals to develop their independence to the highest possible level.   

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Focus, Inc.

504 Flint Street  Jonesboro, AR 72401 


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 "To empower individuals, with or without disabilities, to pursue their goals and take their place in our community.“ At Focus we believe that everyone can achieve greater independence with the proper care, training, and development. Depending on their personal ability and goals, our residents participate in a wide range of developmental and training activities. Our facilities, programs, and credentialed staff qualify us to help people develop physically, emotionally, and vocationally. Our passion, though, is what makes the difference in the happiness of our program participants and their motivation to achieve their personal goals. 
SERVICES OFFERED Adult Development The Focus Adult Development Programs are day activity programs operated by Focus, Inc. They are licensed, partially funded and monitored by the State of Arkansas. The purpose of the programs is to assist adults with disabilities to grow and learn. Transportation to and from programs is provided. Medicaid Waiver The Medicaid Waiver Program is designed to assist people with developmental disabilities who cannot live independently.  Autism Waiver/Autism EPSDT Autism Waiver (ages 18 months-7 years)/Autism EPSDT (ages 7years-21years old) provides services for all ages with Autism to help build skills in their natural environments in the areas of cognition, communication, self-care, socialization, and appropriate behavior. The purpose of the program is to provide intensive, evidence-based intervention for 20-25 hours per week in the homes of our consumers with autism who meet eligibility requirements.  Supported Employment The supported employment program assists our participants in finding and keeping gainful employment in a fully integrated environment.  Participants are encouraged to work 15-20 hours per week.  An individual’s interests and long-term goals are taken into consideration when searching for a position.  We strive to build partnerships with local businesses so that our participants are employed in a variety of occupations. 


HOWL Transition Program 

330 University Loop West, Jonesboro, AR 72401


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The H.O.W.L. Transition Program provides the A-State experience to students. The H.O.W.L. Transition Program also provides support to students who may need: Mentoring Social Skills Career Planning Independent Living Skills Tutoring 

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Jonesboro Public Schools

2506 Southwest Square, Jonesboro, AR 72401


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K-12 Special Education, High School Transition Program 

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Mind Align Counseling

820 E Matthews Ste F Jonesboro, AR 72401 


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Outpatient mental health provider/counseling 

At Mind Align Counseling we're providing outpatient mental health counseling for teens through adults. We have several areas of expertise and use various interventions to assist individuals, families, and relationships with the healing that they're needing. We partner with several nonprofits in the community and are very community-focused. 


Nettleton Public Schools

3300 One Place, Jonesboro, AR 72404


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K-12 Special Education, High School Transition Program  

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Pathfinder, Inc 

2606 East Matthews, Jonesboro AR 72401


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Our Mission: Pathfinder, Inc. is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of individualized strategies designed to provide citizens with developmental disabilities and/or behavioral health needs total access to community life. 

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St. Bernard's Project SEARCH

311 East Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401

(501) 529-3139

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ACCESS Initiative is an innovative job-training program providing a nine-month internship program for young adults, with developmental disabilities. Interns in the program complete (3) ten-week rotations at a partnering business with the goal of gaining the necessary skills to obtain competitive employment. Upon completion of the program, staff provides assistance with finding employment within the community and continued support during employment.

Reform Alliance

The Reform Alliance 

411 South Victory Street, Suite 202, Little Rock, AR 72201


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The Reform Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring every K-12 student in Arkansas has equal access to quality education. 


Special Olympics Arkansas

NE & North Central Field Rep

146 CR 964, Brookland, AR 72417


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The mission of Special Olympics Arkansas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a  sharing of gifts,  skills, and friendship with their families, other Special  Olympics athletes, and the community.


The Learning Center

2808 Fox Meadow Lane, Jonesboro, AR 72404


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The Learning Center of Northeast Arkansas provides an early intervention development treatment center, outpatient therapy services, a private school for children with autism, ABA therapy, developmental therapy, OT, PT, and speech therapy, as well as a diagnostic and resource center for psychological testing. 

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Valley View Public Schools

2116 Yarbourgh Dr., Jonesboro, AR 72404 


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K-12 Special Education, High School Transition Program  


Westside Public Schools

1630 Hwy 91, West Jonesboro, AR 72404


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K-12 Special Education, High School Transition Program