Frances Haddon Morgan Center (FHMC) was established in 1972. It was named to honor the late State Senator Frances Haddon Morgan who was a leader and advocate for children’s services, especially for children with disabilities.
FHMC was originally opened as a children’s center supporting children with autism as young as 4 or 5 years old. In the mid 1980’s, parents asked for FHMC to become a long-term residence. Today, the center primarily supports about 54 people in long-term residence. In addition, over 50 individuals are supported through an active respite, short-term evaluation and crisis intervention program each year.
FHMC is certified to provide services for 56 individuals. At present, 54 people live at FHMC for long-term supports and, at any given time, up to 2 people receive short-term or extended respite services or evaluations.
The majority of people who live at FHMC have a diagnosis of autism and most have severe or profound developmental disabilities. Some have significant health concerns that may require specialized health and therapy services. Nearly 40% of the residents have a seizure disorder. All of the residents have speech/language challenges. Generally, long-term residents are between the ages of 21 and 38. There are 69% men and 31% women residing at FHMC. The average age is about 30 years.
FHMC is located within the Bremerton city limits. Because of its location, it is part of the local community and participates in as many community activities and events as possible. Residents over 21 have a variety of jobs throughout the local community and those under 21 attend school at the Bremerton School District programs. FHMC is partially funded and regulated by the federal government through the Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) program. Programs and services to enhance individuals' skills and strengths, along with providing active, individualized treatment, are the cornerstones of daily life at the center.