THE HISTORY OF THREE RIVERS CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
TRCIL was established in 1983 after a successful 3-year demonstration project that began in 1980 at the former Harmarville Rehabilitation Center, now a part of the HealthSouth Network. TRCIL’s founding father was Harmarville’s President & CEO at the time, Lee H. Lacey, a pioneer in rehabilitative services.
TRCIL serves thousands of people throughout Western Pennsylvania. As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), the CIL service area is Allegheny, Armstrong, and Westmoreland counties. Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) also provided from the Pittsburgh headquarters serves Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties respectively as well as some additional surrounding counties. TRCIL also provides various additional services to residents in other counties throughout Western Pennsylvania. Those additional services include Recycled Durable Medical Equipment (Into New Hands), Youth in Transition, and an Accessible Fitness Center.
As defined from Section 702 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended – The term ‘center for independent living’ is a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-residential, private non-profit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services.
AT A CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING:
at least 51% of staff are persons with disabilities;
at least 51% of Board of Directors are persons with disabilities ;
and provides 5 Core Services free-of-charge, across all disabilities (visible, hidden, physical, cognitive, emotional/mental health and/or any other):
Information & referral
Independent living skills training
Individual and systems advocacy