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Adult Foster Care in Hennepin County – Upton House

Contact Information

Upton House
People Incorporated
7720 Upton Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Phone: 612-866-5490
TTY: 612-866-5490 (VP 651-964-1458)
Fax: 612-869-2851

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Upton House is a four bed Adult Foster Care home providing services to Deaf people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. We provide a safe environment and teach residents the skills necessary to live, work and socialize in the community. The primary mode of communication is American Sign Language. Therefore, knowing sign language or being willing to learn is an advantage to all participants.

Who we serve

Waivered Services serves people who are Deaf and may have a combination of developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental illness.

Services we provide

We provide 24/7 supervision with staff awake around the clock. We have a skilled, competent staff that have signing skills, allowing us to use crisis intervention/prevention methods to provide services to Deaf clients who have challenging behaviors. Staff administer medication to clients, monitor clients’ health, and provide transportation to and from medical appointments. A consulting nurse is also available, on weekly basis. We provide scheduled activities and outings to enrich clients’ social and community integration skills, and provide a signing environment to meet each clients’ needs. We also teach independent living skills that include cooking, laundry,cleaning, and medication management as these items apply to their client goals. 

About our location

Upton House provides a home-like setting in Richfield close to parks, shopping, restaurants and sport activities. We try to promote normalization by doing what most people do throughout their day, and giving clients the opportunities to make choices in their lives.

About the process

Referrals come from Hennepin County, social workers, community team members and family. We also receive referrals from people outside our organization like job coaches and teachers who have students seeking the support our program provides.

About our fees

Cost for services at Upton House is covered by recipient income, GRH funding and waiver funds. Payment for the program must be pre-authorized by the county of financial responsibility. The person must be screened for waivered services funding and the rate set includes both program fees and room and board.

About our staff

Our staff are both Deaf and hearing and all are fluent in sign language. Staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, OSHA, VA, HIPPA, psychiatric rehabilitation, psychiatric medication training, communication skills, and mental health crisis de-escalation.

Hours of operation

Services and on-site supervision 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, with awake overnight staff.


Member of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) and the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA)