Hattie Larlham opens new Constant Companions location in Cuyahoga County

COLLABORATION BETWEEN HATTIE LARLHAM AND CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES BRINGS UNIQUE DAY PROGRAM TO REGION

On Monday, December 5, Hattie Larlham will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Constant Companions in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The program at 6909 Engle Road will be the largest Constant Companions facility to date. It joins three current locations in Twinsburg, Green and Evendale, Ohio; allowing Hattie Larlham to serve 120 people with developmental disabilities through the program.

Constant Companions is a unique alternative to traditional day or work programs for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on the mutually beneficial interaction between people with disabilities and various domestic animals such as cats, rabbits, birds and fish. The lives of Constant Companions participants are enriched through pet care experience, day trips, skill-building activities and lasting friendships.

Constant Companions in Middleburg Heights is a result of ongoing collaboration between Hattie Larlham and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

“We are extremely grateful to the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities for their longstanding support and encouragement of Hattie Larlham. They saw the need and invited us to expand our award-winning pet-based programs into the region. The board was instrumental in helping us choose the best possible location for the new Constant Companions and the Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding to open near Cleveland Hopkins Airport in the first quarter of 2012. We look forward to growing this partnership to improve the lives of even more people with developmental disabilities,” said Dennis Allen, chief executive officer of Hattie Larlham.

“Hattie Larlham is a strong partner in our efforts to increase the number and variety of opportunities available for individuals with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play in our community. We are excited about helping to bring this new venture to Cuyahoga County,” said Terrence M. Ryan, superintendent of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

ABOUT HATTIE LARLHAM
Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides care to 1,500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For 50 years, Hattie Larlham has provided services of the highest quality, enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and their families through our commitment to comfort, joy and achievement. Beyond world-class health care, Hattie Larlham supports and nurtures those in our care through educational, vocational and recreational programs. For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org.

ABOUT THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities offers a full range of services, including in-home early intervention programs for very young children and their families, leisure programs for seniors, specialized therapies (speech-language, occupational and physical), psychological services, support administration, quality assurance, family resources and respite care, supported living, vocational training, community employment, rehabilitation engineering and crisis intervention. It serves more than 10,000 children and adults annually.