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Summer Months Are Here! Stay Cool!

Beat the Heat,  Links for  the Facts & Safety Tips!

Heat Safety

American Red Cross Heat Safety Tips


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heat Safety Tips


Helpful Phone Numbers:

Philadelphia Senior Center: 215-546-5879
PCA Heatline: 215-765-9040
Pennsylvania Health Department: 1-877-PA-HEALTH
Bucks County Area Agency On Aging: 215-348-0510
Chester County Department Of Aging Services: 610-344-4141
Delaware County Heat Emergency Hotline: 610-490-1220
Lancaster County Department Of Aging: 717-299-7979
Montgomery County Aging And Adult Services: 610-278-3601
Northampton County Area Department Of Aging: 610-559-3245


MAX Services Excellence Award!

Kathy Lilly – MAX Service Excellence Award Winner 2015

Kathy Lilly is a Supports Coordinator at Partnership for Community Supports. Kathy excels in her position always going well above and beyond the criteria of the job description. She takes her job very seriously. She has located non-waiver funded supports such as: pet therapy for one individual, special shoes for another in need and she has found numerous resources in the community for those she serves. Kathy believes that each and every individual she serves is the person in charge of their own life. Individuals, families and staff frequently comment on Kathy’s superb listening skills. In order to understand what an individual needs and wants, listening skills are essential. Kathy listens intently and sincerely to those who communicate non-verbally or someone whose communication style is not typical. She inspires others on teams by showing them that there is always a new way to understand those she serves. She is inspired by the challenge and she is not one to back away from difficult situations. Kathy has shown that by understanding what an individual wants she is better prepared to support them. Her leadership skills coupled with her listening skills has given her a reputation of being an outstanding Supports Coordinator.
Kathy is a person who thanks people for the tiniest things and she is grateful to those who work with her in supporting others. She has some extremely difficult situations that she deals with on a daily basis. As a Supports Coordinator she is responsible to facilitate team meetings which, at times, can be very challenging. Kathy is the kind of professional that moves the team meetings in productive directions without offending anyone. She redirects team members back to topic and assists everyone to stay on track. Kathy quietly supports individuals and facilitates team meetings in a way that everyone feels respected, but that the individuals’ choices are always central to the discussion. Kathy is an excellent problem solver who is not thrown by difficult circumstances and she always looks for a way to resolves problems. Kathy has since been promoted to a supervisor in Early Intervention.



Honorable Mention at Points of Transformation Awards!

Partnerhip would like to Congratulate their own Supports Coordinators Maryann Fricano and Len Megan! Both received multiple nominations from individuals and families. Although they did not win the awards given by the City, they were acknowledged for their commitment to individuals with intellectual disabilities at the Points of Transformation award ceremony yesterday, September 30!  Maryann Fricano was  nominated for Supports Coordination and
Len Magen was nominated for the Kathy Sykes award!  Thank you Maryann and Len for your outstanding work with individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Staying Warm this Winter

Winter is fast approaching!  Keep your home safe and warm this winter with these great resources!

Heating Assistance/LIHEAP, this federally-funded program helps low-income households pay for a variety of home heating fuel sources and furnace repairs in the winter and is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  LIHEAP Hotline is 1-866-857-7095

PA Weatherization website helps low-income families weatherize their homes to help save on energy costs.  Select your county for contact information.

The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) offers help for families who qualify under their Home Repair Programs, they aid families with heater repairs and roofing.  Visit their website at

The Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) offers to help families in Philadelphia County lower their energy costs by helping families conserve their energy.  The ECA offers a  variety of help, from their Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to their Utility Emergency Service Fund.  The ECA also links you to LIHEAP (Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program) and a Heather Hotline.  If you need Energy Assistance or just want to find out the best ways to conserve, visit their website, Energy Coordination Agency

Their Heater Hot line is (215) 568-7190

PA Senate Bill Replaces term “Mental Retardation” with “Intellectual Disability

The Pennsylvania State Senate Bill NO.458, Printers NO. 1299 which was passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House amends the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966 by renaming it the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act. This amendment will change the language used in the entire law, which defines the term and controls the Department of Public Welfare’s use of the term.This legislation renames the existing act and replaces the terms “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability.”

The amended Act replaces the current definition as: “Intellectual disability” means significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning that is accompanied by significant limitations in adaptive functioning in at least two of the following skill areas: communication, self-care, home living, social and interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-direction, functional
academic skills, work, health and safety. The onset must occur before the individual’s twenty second birthday.

Information provided by the PA Department of Public Welfare, Office of Developmental Programs’ Public Notices on November 29, 2011