SKC History

History of the Scott Key Center
Scott Key Center began operations in March 1966. SKC provided services for all ages, children and adults. The passage of Public Law 94-142 shifted responsibility for children with disabilities to the Board of Education and, as a result, the Scott Key Center became an adult developmental center in 1978. 

Scott Key Center began with 3 clients and 1 instructor at the Staley Park Field House off of Motter Avenue. Several months later a move was made to the old emergency hospital behind the Montevue Home. Six years later, Scott Key Center moved to the B wing of Rock Creek School and in May 1981 moved to present location at 1050 Rocky Springs Road. 

In December 1979 the Scott Key Center Board of Directors entered into an agreement with the Frederick County Commissioners to make the Center a county agency under the Health Department. 

Work Activity Center

In 1982 the Scott Key Center obtained a license from the United States Department of Labor to operate a work activity center. For the first time, Scott Key Center was able to provide vocational and employment services for all clients and, most importantly, pay them wages based on their productivity. During this time a commercial greenhouse was erected to provide horticultural training and sheltered employment. 

In December 1985, the division of Vocational Rehabilitation of Maryland State Department of Educationaccredited the Scott Key Center. Scott Key Center was one of the original 10 members of what became known as the ''500 club". These 10 organizations each paid $500 to enable the Maryland Association of Workshops, now known as Maryland Works, Inc. to hire a part-time staff person. 

This organization has grown tremendously over the years and now works cooperatively with the Maryland State Government to manage the preference-purchasing program, which makes it possible for organizations serving persons with disabilities to have preference on some State contracts. Maryland Works, Inc. is also involved with advocacy and lobbying efforts in Annapolis. Scott Key Center is proud that they played an instrumental role in the development of this organization. 

In 1986, Scott Key Center began a supported employment program with the help of the Maryland Supported Employment Project affiliated with Kennedy Institute. Scott Key Center was one of 5 organizations statewide to form a focus group which would give guidance and leadership to the Supported Employment Project's Manual for agencies making the transition to more community-based employment model. 

Achievement Award
Scott Key Center received a Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties in 1987 for success in integrating persons with developmental disabilities into the work force. In the same year one of Scott Key Center's employees, Charles Boller, received a Citizenship award from the American Association on Mental Retardation for outstanding achievement in employment in service to the community. 

In Summary
Scott Key Center is celebrating It's 40th year in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Currently Scott Key Center either employs or support to 113 the area including Buckingham's Choice, Board of Education, Roy Rogers, Fort Detrick, JC Penney Company, Griff's Landing, Lintini Pizzeria and others. Custodial services are provided under contract to Frederick County Government. This program has grown to include almost 20 buildings per day and is good source of employment for approximately 43 individuals. 

Scott Key Continues in Helping Shape Futures!