Life Enrichment for Adults with Disabilities

Life Enrichment Services

Merrick offers programming for adults with disabilities beyond developing job opportunities and provides support throughout all stages of adulthood including retirement. Specifically, we offer two programs that focus exclusively on providing life enrichment services: Alternative Services (AS) and our North St. Paul (NSP) program.

Alternative Services

Clients enrolled in Alternative Services have access to community inclusion activities; therapeutic experiences including animal assistance, horticulture, and music sessions; arts and crafts; sensory integration; social and recreation; positive behavior support planning; augmented communication including assistive technology and American Sign Language; and enriched staff-to-client ratios. In addition, clients have access to multiple activity settings and individualized strategies and schedules to promote emotional, mental, and physical health.

To learn more about Merrick’s Alternative Services, contact Angela Stachowski at (651) 789-6234 or

North St. Paul

With a desire to embed services within a community, Merrick opened our North St. Paul site in 2012. This unique program provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective and nurturing environment for individuals with disabilities.

NSP strives to enable clients to pursue personal preferences. Hence, we use a self-assessment and discovery process to assist clients with identifying specific activities in the community in which to participate. Moreover, clients enrolled in the program are encouraged to foster their own engagement as “citizens” of North St. Paul through opportunities for commerce, volunteerism, community service, and participation in community activities.

For more information about NSP, contact Andrea Mickelson at (651) 788-9107 or

Next Steps

If you are interested in receiving life enrichment services at Merrick, please apply online or request a tour today.

New Services Now at MerrickPositive Support Services & Individualized Home Supports

Merrick Inc., is pleased to announce two new licensed services available to current and prospective clients that can be provided in their home or in the community. These services will be provided separately, or in addition to current services, and will be scheduled at times that work best for the client and their support team:

  • Positive Support Services (Professional, Analyst, Specialist)
  • Individualized Home Supports (with training)

Clients or support teams should contact their case manager who will determine if the services are available within their waiver plan and assist them to identify which service is most appropriate. The case manager will initiate service authorization and if units are authorized, will update the Support Plan and make a referral to Merrick by contacting Brady Mallek, Positive Support Professional at or (651) 789-6208.