Welcome to Blue River Services, Inc.

Blue River Services, Inc. (BRS) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1959 by six families that believed that all people are capable of learning when given the opportunity and appropriate support services. With this guiding philosophy for more than 58 years, BRS has consistently expanded its services to meet the needs of community members and help people with disabilities and the general public overcome barriers to independence.

BRS strives to reach its motto of “People Serving People” by providing exceptional services for all ages, from infants to seniors, in all areas of life and levels of ability.  The agency offers services through 13 departments, and in fiscal year 2016, served more than 22,000 individuals in 32 Indiana counties.

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NEWS

Nichols Avenue Group Home Achieves Rare Cite-Free Survey

 

The staff at Blue River Services, Inc. Nichols Avenue Group Home in Salem have a lot to celebrate this year. The team accomplished a nearly impossible feat -- receiving a citation-free state survey.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there are hundreds of regulations a supervised group home must comply with, from documentation, medication administration, custodial care, and health and safety, to individual rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, environmental requirements, and resource availability.

“We have a long history of great surveys at this facility, but it is extremely rare to receive a citation free survey,” said Tim Beitzel, Director of Supervised Group Living. “This shows the exceptional quality of care that Blue River Services provides to their consumers.”

The Indiana State Department of Health, which is responsible for licensing Indiana health care facilities, also serves as the state survey agency for Medicare/Medicaid certification programs, such as group homes. A state surveyor conducts an onsite assessment annually to observe staff and consumers. Interviews with consumers also are held to discuss their level of participation in and choice of services, as well as outcomes.

“The annual recertification process is important,” said Beitzel, “because it holds us to the highest quality standards to provide supports to the individuals we serve.”

Nichols Group Home, operated by Blue River Services, Inc. under the Supervised Group Living program, has been serving adults with developmental disabilities since 1987.

Pictured Above: Nichols Group Home staff members are, from left, Tyra Gant, Stephanie Scifres, Holly Troncin, Carolyn “Susie” Robinson, Elizabeth Navarro-Johnson, and William “B.J.” Spencer, and seated, Deana Williams, left, and Robin Swartz.

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Lowell Norskov wins the Gold

Bringing Home the Gold

Summit View Group Home resident Lowell Norskov brought home gold in three events at the May 13 Special Olympics event held in Seymour, Indiana. Norskov competes in the long jump, 50-meter run and softball throw.

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Brs helps raise community awareness at Harrison County Prevent Child Abuse Event

At the April 27 Harrison County Prevent Child Abuse community awareness event are, from left, Heidi Waynescott, foster parent; Brad Fortner, Harrison County DCS Director; Heather Richard, PCA President and BRS Program Manager; Mike Kurz, foster parent; Julia Baylor, BRS Children’s Services Director; Otto Schalk, Harrison County Prosecutor; and Stephanie Rex, PCA Vice President and BRS District Coordinator.  The event, held in collaboration with Harrison County DCS, highlighted the importance of child abuse prevention efforts.

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