Community Participation in Rural Areas Workgroup

The Community Participation in Rural Areas Workgroup consists of provider members who provide community participation services in rural areas. Workgroup members discuss challenges in providing these services in rural areas, share with each other innovative community integration models that incorporate the uniqueness of rural Pennsylvania, and discuss potential solutions with ODP staff. This group generally meets in Harrisburg.

Kontis

Carrie Kontis, Chair

Vice President for Intellectual Disability Services
Barber National Institute
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Ms. Kontis has been integral in the development and expansion of the Lifesharing through Family Living program at the Barber National Institute. She remains focused on assuring best practices are central to Lifesharing. She currently serves on the Office of Developmental Programs Planning and Advisory Committee and the State and Regional Lifesharing subcommittees. 

Ms. Kontis is currently the Director of Community Habilitation and Lifesharing Services at the Barber National Institute. She began her career as a live-in house manager and held positions as program specialist, associate director and most recently, Director of Residential Services. 

Ms. Kontis has worked in the field for many years helping to develop and expand services including Lifesharing through Family Living, Respite Care, Supported Living, Community Homes and Specialized Single Person homes. Ms. Kontis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Lock Haven University and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Service Administration from Gannon University .