SkillQuest Day Support Program

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SkillQuest provides training and support services to adults with primary diagnosis of intellectual disability, many with multi-handicapping conditions.  Training and support is provided in the areas of communication, socialization, academics, independent living, gross and fine motor development, ​​behavior management, leisure skills, and community exploration.   SkillQuest is licensed through the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). 

Eligibility criteria must be met with regard to age, disability and Medicaid Waiver enrollment.   Referrals must be age 18 upon entry to the program, must have a confirmed diagnosis of intellectual disability, and must be Medicaid Waiver recipients.

All referrals come through Virginia Beach Department of Human Services, Developmental Services Case Management.  The program is funded primarily though Medicaid Waiver and must abide by all federal requirements and regulations.

SkillQuest operates two daily shifts Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm. 

Center Based Site ​​

This site provides a constellation of activities for adults who have challenges related to intellectual disabilities or other co-occurring developmental disabilities, including autism.  The program provides continuous training and support in an atmosphere of encouragement, fun, and creativity.  Primary activities include development and enhancement of independent living skills through activities such as art, technology, communication, socialization, special projects, and community integration. 

Off-Site Locations 

There are currently two offsite locations where training and support is provided with a focus on developing the skills required to be successful in employment.  These sites operate as enclaves at contracted businesses.  Supervision and training at the sites is provided by SkillQuest staff.  Some of the vocational activities include assembly and mailing.

Other Services and Activities 

All staff has experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Upon employment, staff must complete a rigorous orientation and training regimen which includes CPR, first aid, and medication management.  Additionally, there are two nurses on staff, and an art therapist.  Physical therapy​, speech therapy, and occupational therapy may be provided as arranged by the case manager. 

Located at 400 Investors Place, ​Virginia Beach, VA 23452

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 PALS Program

​The Providing Adults Learning Skills (PALS) program provides recent special education high school graduates a temporary day placement while awaiting employment, permanent day support program, or waiver funding.   

Referrals are limited to those between the ages of 22 to 25, and all must come through Developmental Services Case Management Unit.  

Program hours are 9:30am - 5:30pm Monday through Friday, early drop off is available for an additional fee.  There is a minimum 3-day per week participation. ​