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Carey Services’ vision is a world where all people are empowered and equally valued in the community. Many of those people need specific supports, and Carey Services is here to help provide the support needed.

It can be confusing to navigate the world of disability services. Providers offer different services, and the funding and regulatory challenges can be confusing. Hopefully, the resources provided on this page can help you find the information you need.

If you have questions, or want to speak with one of Carey Services’ staff members, call (765) 668-8961, or send an email to


Carey Services' Continuum of Service




Without a doubt one of the best ways to build community is to help children get off to a great start in life. Carey Services is the Early Head Start provider in Grant and Blackford counties and is a strong supporter of the Early Childhood Coalition working in Marion and surrounding communities to support quality daycare and early childhood education.

As you consider daycare and early childhood education opportunities for your child, know that the areas where Carey Services operates have many great providers. As you research providers, a key indicator to look for are whether the provider has a Paths to Quality rating from the state. The state considers providers who have received Level 3 or Level 4 ratings in the Paths to Quality program as high-quality programs. Another indicator to look for is whether the provider has achieved an accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children; NAEYC is one of the top national early childhood accreditations available.

Early Head Start is a federally funded program for families with children under three years old and pregnant women who meet Head Start income guidelines. Enrollment is available for children with disabilities. Early Head Start works with First Steps to ensure that children with disabilities receive quality and comprehensive services. All Early Head Start services are free to qualifying families.

The goal is to have the children prepared to move to Head Start or another pre-school program after their third birthday and have them on a path to be successful when they enter kindergarten and progress though school.

We know the various programs that serve people often have their own languages. To help you understand some of the acronyms and terms you might find when researching your early childhood education options, you can view or download a glossary of frequently used terms. CLICK HERE TO VIEW



Providers who support people with developmental disabilities provide a myriad of services and many providers tend to specialize in serving individuals with specific disability diagnoses. As part of your research on selecting a provider, it is good to see what each provider offers and talk with provider staff to understand which provider would be the best for your disability.

The topic of adult services is broad, but generally encompasses many programs that fall under residential services (where you live) or day services (how you spend your day). Transportation services also play a huge factor, ensuring you can get to your home, your work, your desired social or community activities and the trips needed to fulfill your daily living needs.

Most providers in Indiana receive Medicaid reimbursements through the Medicaid waiver model. You will apply with the state to be approved to receive waiver services; one approved, you will select a provider to provide those services based on a budget for services the state approves for you.

As you research your adult services options, we know you’ll probably find terms and acronyms that you don’t understand. To help with that, you can view or download a graphic that explains many of the terms. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

To help you understand the waiver process, you can view or download a graphic that explains the state’s two main waiver programs. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

As you begin to put a desired list of services together, it’s also important to understand the different criteria used to determine waiver eligibility. You can view or download a graphic that shows the different waiver criteria. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Also, the process to obtain approval to receive waiver approval can be confusing. You can view or download a chart that will help guide you through the process. CLICK HERE TO VIEW



Social scientists tell us that of all the many factors that contribute to a person’s success, two foundational items are key: stable housing and stable employment. If you have those two items, you can probably navigate your journey a bit easier. If you have a disability, having those two items can be even more important because of the greater challenges you might face.

The process to obtain approval for vocational rehabilitation services can be confusing, and your progress when you enter services has many specific steps. You can view or download a chart that will help guide you through the process. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Employment Services in Indiana typically can be divided into two main categories: school-age youth and adult employment.

  • Employment services programs primarily serve school-age youth mainly through the Pre-Employment Transition Services (pre-ETS) program.
  • Providers serve can serve adults in two main ways:
    • As an approved provider that works with Indiana’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services agency and accepts individuals referred by VR counselors.
    • As an agency that supports only individuals served through its own adult services (residential or day services) programs. Those employment supports can be internal (an internal production facility, for example) or can be external (supporting an individual who wants to find community employment)

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