Our History

A Legacy of Care

NCIA was founded by Dr. Jerome G. Miller and Herbert J. Hoelter, two of the country’s leading experts in developing alternatives to institutionalization and incarceration. 

Since 1977, we have worked to better the lives of persons with disabilities as well as returning citizens and SNAP recipients involved with  human service and correctional systems. We use an individualized, person-centric support model that prizes customized care, concern, and treatment.

NCIA provides comprehensive services and resources to people who have disabilities, are facing economic adversity, and are involved in the criminal justice system. These programs include advocacy, housing support, case management for barrier removal, job training and workforce development, and a nonpublic education school. Our unique and adaptable programs empower people to achieve their goals to build fulfilling lives and stronger communities.



We cannot help adults with disabilities expand their experiences, youth with disabilities exceed their potential, and returning citizens and SNAP recipients excel in their lives without you! Your donations help fund the critical programs that enable participants to flourish, embrace their independence, and build an even stronger community.

We are grateful for the support that our NCIA family has provided over the years, and we look forward to continuing to provide these life-bettering—and life-changing services—to our recipients.

We welcome your donations and thank you sincerely for your heartfelt help and support. Your gifts make a real difference in real lives every time. Thank you.