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Conway Human Development Center

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The Conway Human Development Center (CHDC) is one of Arkansas’ five state-managed residential training facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. It is located on a 409.25-acre site in the city of Conway. CHDC’s licensed residential capacity is 518 individuals with a functional capacity of approximately 480 individuals. The Conway Human Development Center is licensed by the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care as an Intermediate Care Facility/Serving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID). CHDC has been nationally accredited since 1986 and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1998.

Because of its central location, Arkansans with intellectual disabilities from all over the state reside at CHDC where comprehensive specialized services are provided. CHDC has a fully functional Infirmary and Clinic. Services provided at CHDC include physician, nursing, respiratory, dietary, dysphagia, x-ray, bone density testing, laboratory, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and orthotics. In addition, CHDC provides audiology, dental and behavioral services. CHDC provides special education services for school-age individuals. Other training for individuals at CHDC includes domestic and personal skill development, habilitation training, work programs, employment training and recreation services. CHDC has a UAMS Infection Control Practitioner and provides Professional Staff Development training. Non-denominational chapel services are also provided for those who choose to attend.

As of July 2016, CHDC had a census of 469 individuals that all have a primary diagnosis of intellectual disability ranging in ages from 6 years old to 77 years old. Of the 469 individuals, 71% function in the profound range of Intellectual Disability. There are 283 individuals that are considered health fragile, 49 residents enrolled in Special Education services, 25 individuals that have been diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, 314 individuals with a dual diagnosis, 232 individuals are non-ambulatory, 111 individuals are fed by tube and 186 individuals work and receive commensurate wages.

CHDC’s Volunteer Council sponsors numerous fundraising activities throughout the year to support CHDC programs and services. CHDC Volunteer Council’s annual Walk-a-Thon and Bowl-a-Thon are popular fundraising events. Funds raised by the Volunteer Council are used for projects such as the Parent House, which is a triplex that serves as a place for families to stay in order to visit with their loved ones. Some previous projects completed by the Volunteer Council include building the Therapeutic Swimming Pool and funding construction of awning covers over sidewalks on the CHDC campus, which help shield individuals and staff from unfavorable weather conditions.

CHDC is a part of the continuum of services to individuals with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas and collaborates with community-based programs administering services through the Arkansas Medicaid Waiver Program.

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Office: Conway HDC

Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday

Address: 150 East Siebenmorgen Road, Conway, AR 72032

Administrator: Sarah Murphy - HDC Superintendent

Contact: 501-329-6851 | 501-336-0508

Email: Sarah.Murphy@dhs.arkansas.gov

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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