Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc.  began on September 5, 1972 as Lonoke County Exceptional School.  The beginning of the program originated from the concern of local community members who recognized a need for a program to serve children with developmental disabilities who were not served in the public school system and were not able to obtain the educational opportunities that they legally deserved.  As the service area grew outside Lonoke County to include other counties the County was dropped from the name.  In 2017,   the organization was rebranded and renamed as Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc.

Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization licensed by Arkansas Developmental Disability Services.  The program is governed by a volunteer local board of directors with 14 members.  Direct supervision of program operation is provided by the Executive Director, Janie Sexton. Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc. is designed for service.  The programs offered are designed to provide skills and opportunities for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities to increase their ability to make choices that will lead to a useful, purposeful, and self-sufficient life.  Our goal is to continually provide the best and most current services to each and every consumer regardless of their disability or their needs.

 Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc. primarily   serves 4 counties (Lonoke, Prairie, Pulaski, and White) in 3 locations.  Our Lonoke location has the capacity to  serve 60 preschoolers and  70 adults.  Trained staff provides services for both age groups.  Supervision for the preschool consists of teachers certified in Early Childhood Special Education.  Occupational, speech, and physical therapy are provided to both the adult and preschool consumers as recommended by licensed therapists.  Transportation to and from the center is provided daily for our consumers.  Hot meals are served in our fully staffed cafeteria.  Nursing services are available by a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Our adult consumers enjoy sheltered work opportunities provided by MKT.  As part of their work activity program, our adult unit also operates a greenhouse which is open to the public year round.

Our Cabot location opened originally in 2000 in a remodeled 3,000 square foot building and then in 2009 a new 15,000 square foot building was constructed which has the capacity to serve 84 children.  The original Cabot site was converted into a program for adult services.  The supervision and services including therapy offered are the same as the Lonoke location.   Transportation to and from the center is provided daily for the consumers.   Nursing services are provided by a Registered nurse. Hot meals are prepared each day.  Our Adult building has the capacity to serve 40 adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities that live in the Cabot area.  The adult program operates in a similar fashion to the adult program in Lonoke.     

A 2nd Cabot location was added in 2019 to accommodate an adult services program that focuses on transitioning young adults to work.  The building for this program is leased and will accommodate 20 individuals for services.  

The Outreach Early intervention (EI) program is offered through the children’s program.  The outreach program offers services to children and their parents in the home or in typical daycares.  The Outreach Department offers in-home evaluations, occupational, physical, and speech therapies, as well as developmental therapy.  We are excited to be able to offer the option of center-based or home-based services in this program.

Autism Waiver is based in our Cabot center.  Autism Waiver Services:  is a Medicaid waiver program that provides intensive, evidence-based intervention 20-30 hours per week in the homes and in the community of young children diagnosed with autism. 

Our Home and Community Services Department is responsible for implementation of the Community and Employment Supports Waiver and the Employment Services program.  Administration for this program is housed in a suite of offices across the street in our Cabot location.     CES Waiver provides an alternative to institutionalization placement so that individuals with developmental disabilities can live and work in the community as independently as possible.  Offered through this program is as follows: care coordination, supportive living, adaptive equipment, environmental modification, specialized medical supplies, consultation, respite, crisis intervention, supported employment, supplemental supports, and community living.  This department has been in operation since 2004.

Employment Services are offered through Supported Employment and Pre-employment Transition Services.   Supported Employment services help individuals with disabilities get and keep jobs in the community.  This program is funded through Arkansas Rehabilitation Services for individuals that because of their disability have not been able to find or keep employment and need ongoing support services to perform work.  Support services are always based on the person’s specific needs and provide help with job development, job match, job-site training, and extended Services (follow-along support).  Enrollment in supported employment begins with referral to Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. 

Pre-employment Transition Services (PreTS) are offered to high school students. The purpose of pre-employment transition services is to ensure to the greatest extent possible that students with disabilities that are transitioning from high school to postsecondary life have opportunities to receive exposure to work readiness skills and work experiences allowing students to engage in an integrated setting fostering success in vocational training or other services resulting in competitive integrated employment.  Typically, these services are provided at the local high school with work experiences in the home community.

Through the PROMISE grant, job coaching services are provided to students referred from this program each summer.  Job Coaching services are provided at the job site.

 “Bridging the Gap” Resale Shop opened in September, 2014 in Lonoke.  The resale shop is an avenue for perpetual fund-raising to support the supported employment program.  

The community living program provides housing opportunities for the consumers that we serve that can live semi-independently with minimal support in the community.  BBDCS owns 1 apartment complex with 2 apartments available for rental,   1 house and a duplex with 3 bedrooms per unit to provide housing for those in need of this service.

If you would like additional information about the Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc. programs, please contact either location at the numbers listed. We invite you to visit our centers for a tour at any time.  Our website can be viewed at:  www.buildingbridgesar.org

PRET Teacher

Part time position to receive no more than 25 hours per week.  High school diploma, GED and have a minimum of one year of relevant, supervised work experience with a public health, human services or other community service agency, OR have a minimum of two years verifiable experience with individuals with developmental disabilities may be used in lieu of aforementioned qualifications AND/OR have two years of verifiable successful history with individuals with developmental disabilities.  Current Arkansas driver’s license and auto liability insurance & registration; driving record approved by BBDCS’s insurance carrier; and be physically able to drive to various locations in Arkansas. Satisfactorily pass drug screens, criminal background check, adult & child maltreatment check, FBI checks as required by BBDCS and other licensing agencies;
Send resume to BBDCS HR Dept, PO BOX 980 Lonoke, AR 72186, Fax 501-676-0697 or email to jrippeto@buildingbridgesar.org

Preschool Direct Support Substitute- Cabot

Qualifications: A high school degree or GED or Alternative Compliance, One year experience in working with developmentally disabled, Satisfactorily pass a criminal background check and adult and child maltreatment registry check,  Satisfactorily complete a drug screen prior to employment in accordance with BBDCS policies and procedures.

Job Duties:  Interacts well with consumer, staff and parent/guardian to promote a positive environment.  Assist classroom technicians in working with consumer to achieve progress in the specific goals and objectives set for each individual.  Must have a comprehensive knowledge of behavior modification methods, the ability to analyze consumer problems and behaviors, and understanding of operational procedures and the ability to help consumers work through problem solving. Complete application below. 

Hours Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, we are a day treatment facility for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Experience in working with developmental disabilities preferred.    Please apply on-line below or send resume to BBDCS HR Dept PO BOX 980 , Lonoke- 72186, Fax 501-676-0697 or email jrippeto@buildingbridgesar.org 

AS NEEDED: We are looking for that valued team member with character and caring nature to meet our consumers with a smile and focus on their needs.

Qualifications: Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and license to practice in this state; eligible to enroll with AR Medicaid Provider Enrollment and pass a pre-employment drug test and background checks; preferred experience in working with developmentally disabled children & adults. Complete application below. 

Class C-CDL/passenger endorsement for AM/PM routes in the Lonoke/Cabot area for Building Bridges Developmental & Community Services, a day treatment facility for individuals (preschool & adults) with developmental disabilities. Looking for an opportunity to enhance the lives of others? BBDCS offers a good work environment. We are looking for that valued team member with character and caring nature to meet our consumers with a smile and focus on their needs. Diploma/GED required.  Complete application below.


Building Bridges Developmental & Community Services is searching for caring individuals to work in our Waiver Supportive Living Program. Prior experience with IDD and/or behavioral health. Must have HS diploma/GED, valid AR driver’s license, pass a criminal background check & drug screen test. Contact: Building Bridges at 501-843-0030; fax 501-628-006; e-mail jrippeto@buildingbridgesar.org; 8/4, M/F, 

Building Bridges Developmental & Community Services is looking to hire an In-Home Direct Support Professional for our Waiver Services Department. Selected applicant must be able to lift and assist with transfers for client care. A background in CNA or other caregiving is preferred. Serious applicants can contact Jackie at 501-843-0030 for more information. This position includes working with those who have disabilities, in helping them live a more independent life. Must be able to transfer and lift as required. Must have high school diploma/GED, valid AR driver’s license, be able to pass a criminal background check and a drug screen test. If you are looking for a career that is rewarding please contact us. Equal Opportunity Employer

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Notice of Nondiscrimination

Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc., complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal equal opportunity laws and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion, or disability, in admission or access to and treatment in programs and activities, as well as the center’s hiring or employment practices. Complaints of alleged discrimination and inquiries regarding the center’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Compliance Office, PO Box 980, Lonoke, Arkansas 72086, phone 501-676-2786, or the following email address: jsexton@buildingbridgesar.org

This notice is available from the ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator in large print, on audiotape, and in Braille.