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Eligibility: Criteria for eligibility are: U.S. citizenship, Pennsylvania residency, medical confirmation of a diagnosis of one of the medical problem listed above, lack of monetary resources or health insurance (including Medical Assistance and Children’s Health Insurance Program). Depending on income some families share in the cost of treatment based on a sliding scale. If the eligible individual has health coverage, it must be used first to pay for care since the Department is the “payer of last resort”

To Enroll: Contact the Bureau of Family Health’s Eligibility Unit listed below to request an enrollment application. Eligibility is based on review of a client’s health care coverage, income, age and medical confirmation of condition. Once enrolled, a client must reapply annually for eligibility verification

Banner resource information:

Pennsylvania Department of Health - Bureau of Family Health - Health and Welfare Building - 7th Floor East Wing - 7th & Forster Streets • Harrisburg, PA 17120

1(800)986-4550 TTY: 1(877)986-5432  www.health.state.pa.us    

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Appendix J: Services through the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)

Banner resource information:

For assistance call ODP’s Customer Service Number: 1(888)565-9435 Web address: www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/MentalRetardation

Where do I Begin

* Call to register with the County Office of Mental Health and Retardation (MH/MR). Number for your county MH/MR office is in the phone book

* The county offices serve individuals of all ages

* Take documents such as medical, psychological, and school records. The County Office of Mental Retardation will then determine if you are eligible for services. Onset of MR must occur and be diagnosed prior to age 22

* If eligible, you may choose a Supports Coordinator

* If eligible, consider applying for Medical Assistance Programs

* Ask for the brochure about waivers and talk with a Supports Coordinator about eligibility

What Happens Next

* Depending on services available and your needs, the Supports Coordinator may:

- Attend your IEP meeting to help you with planning for your future

- Talk with you about your needs and goals

- Help you develop your individual plan

- Offer you an opportunity to complete an application for the Consolidated or Person/Family Directed Support Waivers

- Help you arrange to work with individuals or agencies in the community

Offer you the opportunity to complete a Prioritization of Urgency of Need for

Services (PUNS) form and place you on the waiting list

- Help to identify other types of community supports and services that would help you while you are waiting

* Youth or families should report changes in needs to Supports Coordinators

What Types of Services are Available

* Home and Community Services

* Employment Services

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