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Welcome to DH Special Services


Debbie Hommel, BA, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS is the Executive Director of DH Special Services. She is a Certified Activity Consultant with specializations in Memory Care and Education through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification with over thirty years of experience in providing direct care and consultation to long term care, medical day care, assisted living, and ICF/MR facilities throughout New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She is an experienced trainer and workshop presenter, conducting a variety of seminars throughout the Tri-State area as well as Kansas, Minnesota, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, South Dakota, and Louisiana for the Activity Professional, Administrator, and allied healthcare professional.

Debbie Hommel is an active member of Activity Professional Associations on State and National levels. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Activity Professionals’ Association, serving terms as Vice President and President. She received the Weidner Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and the Monmouth & Ocean County Activity Professionals Life Achievement Award in 1999. Debbie currently serves as the New Jersey state representative for the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals and has served two terms on the Executive Board of NCCAP. Debbie is the recipient of the National Certification Council’s 2009 MEPAP Instructor of the Year award.

I totally enjoyed the entire class.  The lessons were very well thought out. The assignments were interesting and beneficial to our program.   

I liked the content and totally immersed myself in completing the assignments. Debbie was the perfect instructor for me.  Although we never met in person, I feel like we know each other.  She always answered my emails right away, even on weekends and holidays!  She is very knowledgeable about course content.  I learned so much and cannot way to put this information into active use.

Gina Hobbs

Debbie has a deep compassion for for the work that she does. I’m very grateful to have been one of her students. Because of Debbie, I was able to pursue my career goal as An Activity Director. Thank you Debbie for sharing your unselfish knowledge, time, patience, and wisdom with me.