Chimes and Intervals merge operations for the disabled

May 12, 1998|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

The Chimes and Intervals, two nonprofit groups serving children and adults with mental retardation, have merged operations to provide better service and save operating costs.

Under the sole leadership of Terry Allen Perl, president and chief executive officer of Chimes, the groups will work together to complement their experiences with different types of clients.

The groups will keep their names and boards.

"We merged to enhance programs and services and to provide more cost-efficient administrative support," said Mary "Terry" Chapman, who was chief executive officer of Intervals and remains as its chief operating officer.

"People will be better served through a broader array of programs, increased personnel resources and improvement in the quality of life for people with disabilities."

Besides mental retardation, the "medically fragile" Interval clients might have seizures and respiratory problems and require feeding tubes. Some are amputees.

The move is part of the recent trend toward merging or combining leadership among nonprofit agencies that have similar clients, said Marge Wisnom, director of development and corporate communications for Chimes.

An example is the Family Tree, made up of the former Parents Anonymous and the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Another is the appointment of one person to run Action for the Homeless and the Maryland Food Committee while a full merger is studied.

The Chimes, founded in 1947, is the largest provider of community-based services for Marylanders with developmental disabilities. But its reach is broader.

Chimes offers 2,500 people a range of activities in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, California, Israel and, through affiliates, Pennsylvania and Iowa. Its corporate offices are at 4815 Seton Drive, Baltimore.

It receives federal, state and private funds. It is not a United Way agency but receives United Way funds from those who specifically donate to it.

It runs a Level 5, nonpublic Special Education School certified by the Maryland State Department of Education to serve people ages 5 to 21 with multiple disabilities. Other programs include adult day services, 76 residential units in the Baltimore area, work opportunities and respite care.

Intervals, founded in 1989, has a residential program serving 48 clients with complex health needs in 13 homes in Baltimore, Howard and Prince George's counties. A Woodlawn site provides daytime care and medical services.

Chapman will work with Cecil S. Fox, her counterpart at Chimes Maryland, to coordinate delivery of services. The boards of both groups will continue. Stephen S. Kramer is chairman at Chimes and Michael May at Intervals.

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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