Announcements & News

CARF Survey Team Coming Soon

A survey team from CARF International* will be visiting on June 12, 2017 to June 14, 2017.

We invited the surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality. The survey will tell us what we are doing well and ways we might improve. As a result of this survey, we may earn or continue accreditation.

As part of the survey, the surveyors will interview people who receive services, their families, our staff, and others. Some questions the survey team members might ask people are:

  • Do we provide a clean and safe setting?
  • Do you receive the services you need and want?
  • Are you treated with respect?
  • Do you take part in planning your services?
  • Are you told what you need to know about your services?
  • Are your questions answered in a way you understand?
  • Do you know where to go with questions or concerns?

If you would like to talk with one of the survey team members or want to learn more about CARF International, please let one of our staff members know (812.897.4840).

You may also contact CARF International directly:
Mail: CARF International, 6951 East Southpoint Road, Tucson, AZ 85756, USA
Telephone: (520) 495-7001
Fax: (520) 318-1129

*CARF International — A group of companies that includes CARF, CARF Canada, and CARF Europe.


Patty Oser

SIRS Announces Retirement of Patty Oser

Patty Oser is retiring as SIRS Vice President of Community Services after 39 years championing the rights of people with developmental disabilities. She officially retires on December 17, 2016. SIRS Management extends warm wishes on her retirement and deep appreciation for her passion and guidance toward full inclusion.

Rhonda Carter assumes the Vice President of Community Services role on December 25, 2016. She is currently a Residential and Community Specialist serving SIRS Dubois, Perry, and Spencer region. Rhonda has 13 years of experience in direct service, case management, fiscal oversight, and personnel management.
Kelly Mitchell, SIRS CEO, stated, “We are excited about the future of SIRS Community Services under Rhonda’s leadership.”

You can read the full Press Release by CLICKING HERE.

The Arc of Indiana Launches New Utility Support Program For Persons With Disabilities

Hoosier families, with one or more persons with disabilities, in need of help with utility costs may be eligible to receive assistance from The Arc of Indiana’s new Utility Support Program. The program can assist with payment of utility bills, funding to reactivate or prevent disconnection of services, deposit assistance to begin services, or funding to cover past utility debt.

Click here to learn about the program’s eligibility requirementsThe Arc Logo.

The Arc of Indiana is a branch of the largest national organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Evansville is the local branch offering services to area residents.

The Arc of Evansville empowers families with disabled members by providing them with information and resources to assist them in their journey of raising a child with a disability. Their mission is to help children with developmental disabilities to lead a full and meaningful life by providing them with the tools to be self-sufficient and independent to the greatest extent possible.

For more information about The Arc of Indiana or the Utility Support Program, call 800­.573­.9816 or email


spring-flowers-d23688-h900Free National Parks Pass for People with Disabilities!

Spring is here, so get out and enjoy the great outdoors! And now, people with disabilities can enjoy federal recreation sites for free.

Visit a federal recreation site, like Indiana Dunes ( or the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial (  

At the site, present some documentation of disability status and ask for the free Access Pass. Documentation includes a physician’s statement, or a document issued by a State or Federal agency like the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income, Supplemental Security Income, or a vocational rehabilitation agency.

The pass gives you and three adults free admission to federal recreation sites around the country, and it’s good for life!