Information about services may not be complete or accurate. In addition, each program has requirements that may change without notice. For accurate information, please contact these resources with your questions.
Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilties
Governor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
Governor's Office for People with Disabilities, Edward Butler, Executive Director, 866-229-9337
Contact Ed Butler for help with any disability issues.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS - Descriptions and contact information
1. Assistive technology lending library - at The Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA at http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/atlend/index.htm.
2. Attendant Care Program (or
sliding scale Act 150) - Waiver program for those on Medicaid who need assistance. Age 18 or older -
3. Centers for Independent Living - Many around the state - a wide array of services for adults with disabilities. Go to: http://www.pcil.net/.
4. CommCare Waiver - Waiver program for those on Medicaid who need assistance. Age 21 or older, disabled by a traumatic brain injury - http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/PhysicalDisabilities/003670178.htm.
5. Drug Education - Philadelphia Police Department Heads Up Program - provides drug education in schools to prevent brain injury - www.ppdonline.org/prev/prev_headsup.php. To schedule, call (215) 685-1120 or 1121.
6. Early Intervention - for children age 0 - 3 years - extensive services
7. Early Intervention - for children age 3 - 5 years - Intermediate Units http://www.mycitymyplace.com/earlyintervention.htm
8. Head Injury Program of the Department of Health - includes one
year of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation to a maximum of $100,000 in services. The TBI must have occurred
after July 2, 1985 and you must be 21 or older. Asset and income limits apply. You will have help in completing your
application. For information, go to
9. Housing & Home modifications - http://www.oit.state.pa.us/accessiblepa/cwp/view.asp?A=2&Q=29340
10. Independence Waiver - Waiver program for those on Medicaid who need assistance. Age 18 to 60, all disabilities - http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/PhysicalDisabilities/003670178.htm.
11. Medical Access - Also called
Medicaid and Medical Assistance. Pays for all children under 21 who are disabled
regardless of parent income or assets. Parents only provide several pay stubs if
they are working. A special program allows hospital social workers to expedite
applications for disabled children. Also covers adults with low income
and assets and their children. Federal law requires Pennsylvania to provide all necessary services to children
on Medicaid, including brain injury rehabilitation. See Section 1396(d)(r)(5)
Early & Periodic Screening Diagnosis & Treatment (EPSDT) for required services
to children. General information for
12. Mental retardation services -
for those with an IQ under 70 prior to age 22 -
The Consolidated Waiver for those age 3 or older - http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/MentalRetardation/003671640.htm
The Person/Family Directed Support Waiver is also for age 3 and older - http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/MedicalAssistance/SuppServWaivers/003671641.htm
13. Michael Dallas Waiver - Waiver program for those of any age who are on Medicaid and dependent on technology - it appears that this waiver may be combined with the Independence Waiver. http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/MedicalAssistance/SuppServWaivers/003671490.htm
14. OBRA Waiver - Waiver program for those of any age who are on Medicaid who became disabled prior to age 22. All disabilities - http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ServicesPrograms/PhysicalDisabilities/003670178.htm.
15. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Regional OVR Offices provide assessment, training, placement, and job coaching for those with disabilities. There are requirements, including the capacity for competitive employment within 18 months. Further help is available, if needed, after discharge from the program. Go to http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/cwp/browse.asp?a=128&bc=0&c=27855 and click on the map for a local office.
16. Social Security has three programs. The full retirement age for
Social Security includes Medicare but the age is being extended out. Social Security Disability is available for
disabled workers with sufficient quarters of earnings but they must wait two years for Medicare. Supplemental Security
Income is available to those with low income. Medicare is available to disabled adults 18 and older and dependent
children under age 18. Both Part A and Part B of Medicare include in-home services. For Medicare coverage questions, call
1-800-633-4227. For Medicare denials, call 1-800-322-1914.
To apply, go to: http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/ssa.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=326.
17. Transportation - http://www.oit.state.pa.us/accessiblepa/cwp/browse.asp?A=2&Q=15891