What WE Do
LEE Services are designed to implement person-centered practices in meeting the unique social, emotional, and educational needs of people with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). All program sessions are provided in a safe, secure, and stimulating environments where individuals with IDD can expand knowledge, develop independent skills, foster healthy relationships, and actively engage in local community activities.
LEE Services is a start-up agency in response to the need for more community integrated Day Habilitation programs in Warren County, New Jersey. Lorraine D’Sylva-Lee, is the Executive Director of LEE (Learning Enrichment Experiences) Services, LLC. She has a Masters degree in Leadership and Public Administration. Ms. D’Sylva-Lee started her career in the field of developmental disabilities with the closure of North Princeton Developmental Center, a state institution in New Jersey, where she coordinated community integration, effective communication, self-advocacy, and public policy leadership training programs for adults with developmental disabilities and their families in their transition to community living arrangements.
Lorraine D’Sylva-Lee, Executive Director
Lorraine D’Sylva-Lee is completing a Ph.D. in Health Sciences at Seton Hall University, with more than 25 years of program development, training, and technical assistance in areas that encompass special education, family support services, self-direction and Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Ms. D’Sylva-Lee is the former Director of Training and Program Development for the Family Resource Network, a role that fostered collaborations within the Office of Special Education Programs, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Division of Disability Services and Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC). She is a certified Trauma-Competent Professional, Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer, and Lead New Jersey Fellow. Currently, she is employed as a Training and Consultation Specialist at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Behavioral Research and Training Institute (BRTI) for New Jersey’s CSOC, Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) unit, in this role she develops curriculum and provides TTA statewide on developmental disability related issues. She also provides TTA coaching to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded initiative for CSOC residential providers in the use of Trauma Informed Care practices, the evidence-based model of 6 Core Strategies for Restraint and Seclusion Reduction, and Nurtured Heart Approach.
Statement of Purpose
Learning Enrichment Experiences- LEE Services is an agency dedicated to serving the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. The concept of emerging adulthood implies a period of continued growth beyond the age of maturity, and for people with IDD, this transition into adulthood is a critical juncture that requires a more concentrated focus on person-centered care. For many families struggling to identify meaningful day activities for their loved ones, this is a stressful time. Therefore, LEE Services focuses on promising practices and engaging activities specific to day habilitation services. Programs provided will include:
There is a high demand for innovative program options like LEE Services for persons with IDD, based on recent changes in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) within Medicaid policies. It is located in an urban enterprise zone serving marginalized populations, which coupled with the growing concern for long term planning needs of families growing older, these services will provide families caring for adults with developmental disabilities some sense of support and stability in the future.
motivate each day.
have others depend on you.
Statement of Cultural Diversity:
At LEE Services we believe in recognizing uniqueness and promoting inclusion for those we serve and employ. We focus on respecting and valuing the different skills and experiences all stakeholders contribute to the agency. LEE Services recognizes the diversity of our participants, employees, families, and communities on the basis of ethnicity, gender, age, culture, religion, language, disability and/or socioeconomic status – and we are committed to celebrating the richness of our perspectives, experiences, knowledge and skills. We believe that all persons who receive our services have the right to receive an appropriate level of guidance and training without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, color, national origin, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, political affiliation or other characteristics protected by law or moral code.