Intellectual Disabilities







Not sure where to start?  Call 724.847.6225 and ask for an Intellectual Disability (ID), or Mental Health (MH) Specialist.


Local Resources


Beaver County Behavioral Health (BCBH)

Direct Services Unit

​Intellectual and developmental disability services are administered through Beaver County Behavioral Health Direct Services Unit. The Beaver County Behavioral Health office serves as a referral source and most services are delivered by local agencies under contract with the county office.

The Beaver County Behavioral Health office determines a person’s eligibility for service funding and if found eligible a person will receive a supports coordinator. Individuals with an Intellectual Disability who are current residents of Beaver County are eligible for supports coordinator services at no fee. Services can begin as early as age three with an assigned Supports Coordinator assisting and monitoring all services throughout the individual’s involvement in the program.


Intellectual Disability & Autism Program
Eligibility Criteria for Services through Beaver County Behavioral Health

Beaver County Developmental Disabilities and Autism Intake and Registration Program
Letter to Parent or Caregiver
(Explains ODP services and supports.   Describes Option #1.  Option #2.  Option #3.)

Beaver County Behavioral Health
Application Page for selecting ODP Option #1 or Option #2




Beacon Health Options  (formerly “VBH-PA”)
P.O. Box 1840
Cranberry Township, PA 16066-1840
Toll Free Member Number:  1.877.688.5970

Managed behavioral health services for Medical Assistance (MA) recipients in Beaver County and 12 other Western Pennsylvania counties as part of the HealthChoices program.

Provider Directory and Resource Guide for Beaver County HealthChoices Members

Printable BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE  (provided by Beacon Health Options of PA)

ReferralConnect  – Search online for:
Individual Doctors, Counselors, Groups and Clinics.
Hospitals and Programs
Search Tips and FAQ



BCRC – Be Part of Something

BCRC is a life-changing experience for the many people with disabilities who seek to grow and develop in a dynamic and supportive environment. BCRC partners with the business community to provide  life enhancement experiences to hundreds of people with disabilities. People with disabilities develop confidence and a sense of self-worth while providing valuable services to the business community.

Aurora Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Aurora Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a subdivision of BCRC that helps people with psychiatric needs develop the skills necessary to achieve their goals for recovery.   Aurora Services Brochure (printable)

Autism Program

BCRC provides Community-Based services for adult individuals with an Autism-only diagnosis. Work with trained staff who specialize in helping people with Autism.

(The Autism program provides community inclusion support and integrated work experiences. Individuals are assisted in developing and working toward desired outcomes in the areas of mobility, communication, socialization, relationship and personal development, adaptive skills, domestic skills, self-care, physical wellness, and work experience.)   Learn more.

Vocational Evaluation

Are you ready to earn a paycheck, performing a job you enjoy, but you’re not quite sure what type of work you want to do? BCRC’s Vocational Evaluation services help you find a job that’s right for you.  Additional Employment Services




Directory of Behavioral Health Providers

(For persons who are Deaf, Deafblind, or Hard of Hearing.)




PA Resources


 PA ABLE Savings Program

… was launched almost two years ago, and people with disabilities have saved more than $10 million for disability-related expenses.

You or someone you know may be able to save money while maintaining important benefits with a PA ABLE account.   Remember that savings in a PA ABLE account:

  • May be deducted from Pennsylvania state income tax.
  • Offer various savings options, including an FDIC-insured checking account and six asset-allocation investment options.
  • May be used to build savings and pay expenses such as rent, transportation, groceries, assistive technology, and much more.

To learn more and to read important disclosures, visit or call 855.529.2253.





Kaleidoscope Family Solutions – PA

KFS Pennsylvania is a Medicaid approved provider who supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide one-on-one supports in individual’s home and community and specialize in the area of autism. We are qualified to provide services throughout the state of Pennsylvania.






Parent to Parent of PA

Because I have been where you are … I offer …

My listening ears

My experience

My time

My heart


Parent to Parent of PA 

Links parents and family members of children and adults with disabilities or special needs on a one-to-one basis, according to conditions or concerns.  These may include:

Physical disabilities

Developmental disabilities

Special health care needs

Behavioral health / mental health concerns

Foster care or adoption

Educational issues

(Services are free and confidential.)  1.888.727.2706




Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services

Intellectual Disabilities

Autism Services


The PA Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) currently serves adults with ASD through two programs:

Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) and Adult Autism Waiver (AAW). If you are interested in BAS Programs, the first step is to request an application for one or both of the programs to secure a place on the Interest List.   More below:

How do I apply for Pennsylvania’s Adult Autism Programs?

A printable infographic provided by






Other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Resources



Welcome to the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR. NIDILRR funds more than 250 projects each year that conduct research on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity building.
(Learn more about NIDILRR.)



Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

AIDD is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories.
Phone:  202.619.0724



American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR)

AAIDD promotes progressive policies, research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Phone:  202.387.1968

The Arc of the United States – National/State Chapters for Developmental Disabilities

Toll Free:  800.433.5255,  202.534.3700



National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)

NACDD’s mission is to provide support and assistance to member Councils in order to promote a consumer and family centered system of services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Phone: 202.506.5813
State and Territory DD Councils:


National Association of States Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

Phone:  703.683.4202
State Agencies:

More resources for families of children having special needs