Group Living Services For Adults
Our Group Living programs are available in the North Central, Southern and Western regions of Massachusetts. We provide individualized, holistic, evidence-based services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have significant challenging behaviors related to autism spectrum disorders, mental health disorders, and problematic sexual behaviors.
The Group Living program is designed to:
Improve the quality of care for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities who have medical and/or behavioral health needs.
Services and Supports are delivered to individuals in a trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically competent manner based on program goals and best available evidence of service effectiveness.
Provide assessment and recommendations regarding diagnoses, medication, and treatment.
Provide a safe home-like living environment while utilizing evidence-based treatment methods.
Promote each individual’s right to self-determination and self-advocacy.
Provide education and training to caregivers and support teams.
Expand access to mental health services.
Enhance and improve each individual’s acquisition of skills through comprehensive assessments, personal goal development, and consistent implementation of Individual Service Plans.
Prepare individuals to transition along the continuum of care to the be supported in the least restrictive setting in their local communities.
State Director, LCSW
Leah Andrews is the State Director in Massachusetts. She has both Bachelor's and Master's in Social Work from Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches TX, and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in Massachusetts. Leah has worked in adult residential services since 2005, starting at Pathway to Possible in Newton and then working as Director of Services for Work, Community, Independence in Waltham. Leah brought her background in Independent Living and Acquired Brain Injury homes to her current position as State Director in November 2020. Leah also volunteers as a Big Sister, and loves to spend time with her family and dogs.
Lauren Sherman, MS, BCBA
Director of Clinical Services
Lauren Sherman is the Clinical Director in Massachusetts. She holds a Master in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in Boston, MA and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Lauren started her career in children services and has worked with every age group from early intervention to adults. She found her passion while working in adult services.
Lauren enjoys developing and supporting clinical teams to positively contribute as team members. Lauren strives to not only create systems and standards for the clinical department but to enhance communication and support for the entire agency. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Quality Improvement
Magela serves as the Director of Quality Improvement for Massachusetts. Over the past eight years, Magela has dedicated herself to ensuring individuals with developmental disabilities are provided caring and quality supports. She has six years of experience working in Human Resources, IT, and Quality Improvement departments.
Magela began her career providing direct care to youth in residential settings. In addition to overseeing the day to day quality improvement activities, Magela also serves as Massachusetts Human Rights Coordinator at LifeConnections.
Associate Director of Nursing
Gayle is the Associate Director of Nursing for Massachusetts. She has eight years of experience as a nurse in our Group Living programs and began her career as a nurse supporting adults with developmental disabilities over fifteen years.
Gayle has felt the most fulfilled when she’s been able to provide guidance, advocacy, and supports to help others grow and plans on dedicating the rest of her career to continue to do just that. In her personal time, Gayle enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and restoring furniture.
Amanda is the Regional Director of Central, MA. She began her career in human services nine years ago as a Program Manager. As her role expanded, she was responsible for the oversight of additional residential programs and was promoted to Regional Director. Prior to her work at LifeConnections, she was responsible for the oversight of day services and worked in a recovery program for adults. Amanda strives to be a mentor to her employees so they can provide the best possible services to the individuals supported and meet their professional goals. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, children and new grandson!
Angelo is the Regional Director of Southern MA. He has worked in the field of human services for the past twenty-five years. Additionally, he has been teaching CPR and PABC since 2006. Teaching is his passion as it instills a positive work ethic and values such as caring for people, accepting that trust is the foundation of the relationship one must have with those we support, loving your work, and always doing your best. Angelo always remembers that everyone is doing the best they can with the skills they have and that they can do even better with support and guidance.
Contact us today:
107 Scott Drive
Leominster, MA 01453