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Our History

Vaughn-Blumberg Services (VBS) was formed as a result of guidelines established by Act 310 of the 1967 Alabama Legislature. Act 310 allows for the creation of a non-profit corporation to provide comprehensive services for individuals with intellectual disabilities/developmental delays through contracts with the Alabama Department of Mental Health (DMH), Division of Intellectual Disabilities.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy which guides the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of services for people with intellectual disabilities includes the following elements:

  • Individuals with intellectual disabilities are, first and foremost, people with basic human needs, aspirations, desires, and feelings; second, citizens of a community, who are afforded all the rights, privileges, opportunities, and responsibilities afforded other citizens; and finally, includes who happen to have a disabling condition.

  • People with intellectual disabilities are recognized as having diverse needs, concerns, strengths, motivations, goals, and abilities which can best be addressed through the coordinated and cooperative efforts of an inter-agency network of human services providers.

  • Family units, both traditional and nontraditional, are frequently the most important resource and support to people with intellectual disabilities.

  • The rights, wishes, values and needs of people with intellectual disabilities and family members are paramount in planning and operating the intellectual disabilities services system.

  • The system is sensitive to other members of the population with intellectual disabilities.

  • For the majority of people with intellectual disabilities, the natural setting in the community is the best place for providing services.

  • Local communities are the most knowledgeable regarding their local environment, issues, strengths or gaps in the service system, and opportunities.

  • Staff who work effectively with people with intellectual disabilities are highly regarded and valued resources of the system.

Agency Directory

Dana Strickland

Executive Director

Brett Cunningham

Associate Executive Director of CQI/Staff Development/Safety

Shannon Hilson

Associate Executive Director of Administration 

Chris Smith

Associate Executive Director of Programs

Samantha Jackson

Director of Nursing

Denise Trammell

Director of Human Resources

Peggy Payne

Director of Residential Services

Ingrid Smith

Director of Day Program Services

Rental Policy

Merchandise is the sole responsibility of the Renter – any item returned damaged will be charged to the renter.

Pick-up Friday by noon. Return Monday by noon.

Fern Rentals:

Keep brown bags
Keep ferns out of the sun
Do not keep fern in car overnight
Ferns only ride in an enclosed car or trailer, not in the back of a pick-up truck.

Items are not reserved until the non-refundable 25% deposit is received. The deposit will be applied to the total cost.

Delivery/pick-up fee inside the city limits is $100.00.

Delivery/pick-up fee outside the city limits will be determined by the mileage required.

Rented merchandise is the responsibility of the Renter. Any merchandise not returned or returned damaged will be charged to the Renter. Please return all items on the following Monday by 12:00 p.m.

Renters will be charged a $15.00 late fee for all items not returned by the above time.