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Intellectual Disability Services

What is Intellectual Disability Services?

The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is responsible for the oversight of intellectual and developmental disability services in the state. The local County Administrative Entities are responsible to verify eligibility for intellectual disability services.  To receive services you must be registered with your County’s Administrative Entity (AE).  If you are found eligible to receive services, you may choose a Supports Coordination Organization (SCO).  

Once registered with an SCO, a supports coordinator will contact you to schedule an appointment and discuss what kinds of supports and services would be helpful to you. You will develop an individual Supports and Service Plan (ISP).  Your supports coordinator will assist you in locating, coordinating, and monitoring supports and services.  Language is not a barrier to service.  We use interpreters in addition to bi-lingual staff.

If sufficient funding and capacity for services is not available, your Supports Coordinator will complete a Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) form and place you on the waiting list.  They will assist you to identify other types of community supports and services that would help you while you are waiting.