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Booneville Human Development Center


The Booneville Human Development Center (BHDC) is a nationally accredited state-run facility. The Center which opened in 1973 is on the National Historic Register and located on 1,000 acres just two miles south of Booneville Arkansas. As of August 2016, Booneville HDC serves 125 adults with intellectual disabilities. Ninety-four percent of the residents are also diagnosed with mental illness. BHDC is known as an ICF/IID specializing in serving people with intellectual disability and persistent, severe, and chronic mental illness. The residents at Booneville HDC range in age from 20-74.

Booneville HDC assists residents to develop new skills and improve established skills. Various on-campus work programs and training projects include a rug weaving program, paper recycling, and custodial/food service training opportunities.

Rugs made by clients are sold annually at numerous craft fairs throughout the state. The process of sorting and cleaning loops, as well as the actual weaving of the rugs, allows clients to engage in productive pre-vocational training tasks at all functional levels. Paper for the recycling program is gathered from nineteen school districts in six counties, which allows clients to be engaged in this worthwhile project while preserving the environment. Clients are involved in sorting, shredding, and baling the paper products.

Staff and clients enjoy visits to local restaurants, movie theaters, public parks, football games, county fairs, and retail stores. This gives our clients an opportunity to practice their money skills, social skills, and communication skills while interacting with the local community. The clients are involved in Special Olympics in many different sports and in the Scout program at BHDC. They also have the opportunity to attend worship services on campus and in town.

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Office: Booneville HDC

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

Address: 87 Reed Road, Booneville, AR 72927

Administrator: Jeff Gonyea - HDC Superintendent

Contact: 479-675-2121 | 479-675-2518

Email: Jeffrey.Gonyea@dhs.arkansas.gov

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

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

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