ABOUT DIDLAKE INCORPORATED
Didlake Incorporated, located in Manassas, Va., offers outpatient services to adults with disabilities and for those struggling with substance abuse. The mission of the organization is to create opportunities that will enrich the lives of people with disabilities. First founded in 1965 as a private school following laws prohibiting children with disabilities from attending public school, the facility has now grown to serve residents in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia with many different types of disabilities from autism to visual/hearing impairments, substance abuse/addiction to traumatic brain injuries. In fulfillment of the organization’s mission, 78% of Didlake employees are individuals with disabilities.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Didlake provides support for individuals and families with disabilities through job support and training, day-support services, employment assistance with competitive wages and benefits, and assistance for individuals to follow a path for upward mobility.
The facility’s Community Inclusion Program (CIP) is a licensed day support program that aims to link people with disabilities to valued social roles in their community. Each participant receives an Individual Service Plan (ISP) to focus on skill development including social/communication skills, personal care tasks, and self-awareness/self-advocacy skills. Participants also receive cooking classes, fitness activities, arts and crafts, and education on current events.
Didlake’s Supported Employment program helps improve the unemployment rate of 70% in people with disabilities. The facility uses an assessment process to match individuals with the opportunities that are a right fit for them and will help them maintain employment long-term. Supported employment programs are offered through both individual and group supported employment. Individual support assists businesses with screening, job training, and continuing support at no cost to the business for the employee. Group support provides on-site supervision, training, counseling, advocacy, and support for the employees with disabilities.
The facility lists 78 percent of their employees as individuals with disabilities. It appears that the facility also employs support staff for the people with disabilities but their credentials are not listed. There is also an administrative board of directors; the Chair and Secretary both have a PhD while the Vice Chair has a doctorate in education.
At the time of this writing there has been one staff member polled by Best-rehabs.com. The anonymous male staff member gave a very positive review of the facility including five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations & amenities, and five stars for meals & nutrition. He strongly agreed that the facility was adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders; that the facility staff were experienced and well-trained; and that family and loved ones were able to participate in treatment through facility programming. The staff member felt that a strength of the facility was that the treatment offered humanized service experience. He did not identify anything that the facility could improve upon and wrote that the “organization (is) dedicated to providing rehabilitation services with human qualities and professional experience whose actions lead to improved actions of psychoactive substances always ensuring the welfare and rehabilitation of the patient.”
On the facility’s Facebook page, which it can manage, there is an overall rating of 4.6 out of five stars based on 11 total reviews. One client, K.C. who gave five stars, spoke highly of the services at the organization. He wrote. “I’m an employee who was hired by didlake and I gotta say that this job is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. They work with my mental disability and they are understanding and have been all around the best employer I’ve ever had, I work at the didlake warehouse in northeast, MD, I would recommend them to anyone.” C.Y., a former client, did not agree with that viewpoint. He gave one star and wrote, “Supposedly a company that hired disabled. Well once I officially became disabled, with cancer, I finished all of my chemo treatments and then get let go the next week due to too many absences. They should be ashamed!” On Google, the facility has an overall rating of three out of five stars based on two reviews. One reviewer, H.H., gave the facility one star and wrote, “Fired my mom because she got sick. Worst job ever!” The other reviewer gave five stars but did not leave a comment.
Didlake is a not-for-profit organization. Funding is received through service contract customers who employ the participants, VA Medicaid, Community Service Boards, Department of Rehabilitation Services, and other donations including through fundraising. It does not appear that there is a cost to clients to participate.