Community Support Services

Since 1989, Sunshine School & Development Center has proudly provided Community Support/Waiver services to children and adults with qualifying disabilities and currently serves more than 40 individuals in Benton and Washington counties.


Autism Waiver

ACS Waiver is a state and federally funded program for individuals with disabilities. The waiver is an alternative to institutionalization. A person must be diagnosed with having a developmental disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or autism. The developmental disability must have occurred before the age of 22. These conditions may exist independently of each other.  Psychological testing including an IQ and adaptive behavior testing are required to determine initial eligibility.  Through a network of community providers, services and supports are provided that assist an individual to live, work, and recreate in the community of their choice.


Services We Provide

Supported Living/Medicaid Waiver Services:

Supportive Living is an array of individually tailored services and activities provided to enable eligible beneficiaries to reside successfully in their own homes, with their family, or in an alternative living setting. Sunshine School, through direct care personnel, provides training and support in areas of meal planning and preparation, laundry, personal care, health and safety, financial management, self-direction, self-care, mobility, and learning.

Please contact Amy Palmer at 636-3190, Ext.113 for questions or for more information.



Case Management:

The case manager is responsible for the initial visit and orientation to the Waiver program. He or she compiles and submits required documentation for Waiver eligibility, Medicaid determination, and the completion of the Person Centered Service Plan. Sunshine School case management services assist Waiver beneficiaries in gaining access to needed waiver services and other Arkansas Medicaid State Plan services, as well as medical, social, educational and other generic services. Case Management services include responsibility for guidance and support in all life activities.

The intent of Case Management services is to enable waiver beneficiaries to receive a full range of appropriate services in a planned, coordinated, efficient and effective manner.

Please contact Nelinda Perez at 479-636-3190, Ext.126 for questions or more information about case management services offered by Sunshine School.



Weekend Retreat:

Six times a year we take 15 special needs clients to such places as Roaring River, Eureka Springs, Arkansas Baptist Assembly and Mount Sequoyah where they fish, swim, go on hayrides and hikes, and find their creative side by doing crafts. Their weekend begins Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon.

The Retreaters’ family enjoy the break they have from what is often 24-hour care. It gives them 48 hours to relax knowing their loved one is in the very capable hands of the Retreat Staff.

Each Retreat is staffed by the Retreat Coordinator, 8 care providers, an RN, a night attendant and a cook. All arrangements are made to match each retreater with their own special needs.

Eligibility: 3 years of age and over who meet Arkansas Developmental Disability guidelines. 
Funding: State, Title XX.

Please contact Hasky McCool at 479-636-3190 for more information.