Intellectual Disabilities Resources

Not sure where to start?  Call 724.847.6225 and ask for an Intellectual Disability / Autism (ID/A) Specialist or to schedule an intake, call 724.624.7304.

UPMC – Beaver County Crisis #:  800-400-6180    (Available 24/7)

Did you know that UPMC – Beaver County Crisis has moved?

The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message
to people in crisis when they text PA to 741741.

What is IBHS?

The Office of Mental Health Services (OMHSAS) has created and licensed a
new children’s service, as BHRS is no longer an existing service.

This new service is Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) and offers therapeutic interventions and supports for children, youth or young adults under the age of 21 with mental, emotional or behavioral health needs. The services can be provided in the home, school or other community setting. IBHS includes Individual Services, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services, Group Services, and Evidence-Based Therapy (EBT) provided through these modalities.

Click here to visit our IBHS webpage and learn more.

Intellectual Disability / Autism Services – Local Resources

Intellectual and Developmental Disability / Autism services are administered through Beaver County Behavioral Health Administrative Entity (BCBH AE).  The BCBH AE office serves as a referral source and most services are delivered by local agencies under contract with the county office.   The BCBH AE office determines a person’s eligibility, and if found eligible the person will receive a supports coordinator.   Eligible individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Autism who are current residents of Beaver County are eligible for supports coordination services at no fee.

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

BCBH AE contracts with three Supports Coordination Entities:


Beaver County Behavioral Health Direct Services Unit
1070 8th Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Telephone: 724-891-2827 Fax: 724-891-2865


Staunton Clinic ID Unit
720 Blackburn Rd. 2nd Floor
Sewickley, PA 15143
Telephone: 412-749-7335 Fax: 412-749-6777


Family Links, Inc.
2644 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Telephone: 412-343-7166 Fax: 412-343-4814

What Happens Next?


Intellectual and Developmental Disability / Autism services are administered through the Beaver County Behavioral Health Administrative Entity.  This county MH/ID office serves as a referral source and determines a person’s eligibility for service funding and if found eligible a person will receive a supports coordinator. The supports coordinator will:

  • Talk with you about what kinds of supports and services would be helpful to you.
  • Offer you an opportunity to complete an application for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Program.
  • If sufficient funding and capacity for services is available, your Supports Coordinator will:
    • Enroll you in services which will require completing additional applications
    • Help you develop your individual plan
    • Help you talk with individuals or agencies in the community that could support you
    • Coordinate and monitor supports and services
  • If sufficient funding and capacity for services is not available, your Supports Coordinator will:

What Types of Services are Available?


Services and Supports Directory – The Services and Supports Directory is a tool for individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families, and the individual’s team to locate services and service providers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The directory can help you locate particular service providers or search for services and supports provided in an individual’s community. This directory does not include information on all providers, only those who have chosen to be listed. You may access the list of providers in the Services and Supports Directory on the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS) website.

Available Services – There are a number of services that can be provided to meet the needs of an individual registered with the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) for intellectual disabilities services. This list of services is subject to change as service definitions change and waiver amendments are approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


Important Contacts:

Family Network

Stay Connected!

Don’t forget to check out our website:

In addition to learning more about us, our webpage includes an up to date calendar with upcoming events
(and more is added as scheduled) and a “Theme and Thoughts” section.

Check out our social media for more information and like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Self Advocacy
Power Network


The Self Advocacy Power Network for All (SAPNA) is a project of the PA Office of Developmental Programs,
Department of Human Services
and managed by
Self Advocates United as 1.

Contact us at
or 724-588-2378.


PA Developmental
Disabilities Council


The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PA DDC) is proud to collaborate with the Office of Developmental Programs,
PA Family Network.
and The Self Advocacy Power Network for All (SAPNA)
on this initiative.
Check out our social media and website.
For more information:
Twitter: @PaDDCouncil

Verbal Beginnings provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children ages 2-18 who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using positive reinforcement and measurable goals, ABA is used to increase desired behavior across a variety of settings and social environments. It’s an individualized approach tailored to a child’s specific needs. For more information, call 855-344-5977 or email at

Videos: The LifeCourse Framework

Core Belief: All people have the right to live, love, work, play and pursue their life aspirations in their community.

Helping Families Articulate What They Need

Charting the LifeCourse: Introduction to the LifeCourse Framework

Downloadable Quick Reference Tools

NEW! Self-Advocate Transition Guide is now Available from ODP


The Self-Advocate Transition Guide for community re-entry is now available. The guide can assist individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism in developing their own self-directed path back into the community during the Pennsylvania commonwealth’s COVID-19 response. The guide is available at AIDinPA, a collaboration between ASERT and PA Health Care Quality Units aimed at providing real time best practice information during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Self-Advocate Transition Guide can support individual decision-making around how to safely return to activities in the community while prioritizing physical and mental health and social distancing practices. It also offers guidance on changes to routine and provides helpful links and resources.
“It is an excellent tool for individuals who live independently or for those who are engaged in planning their own supports,” Says Nina Wall, Director of the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, “This important resource acts as a helpful road-map and can help to guide and inform decision making.”

Other Resources

Autism in PA
Consolidated Waiver
CMS Consolidated Waiver Quality Review Report
Community Living Waiver
Eligibility for Intellectual Disabilities Services and Support
Intellectual Disabilities Services Provider Profiles
Links to Organizations Providing Intellectual Disability Services and Supports
Person/Family Directed Services (P/FDS) Waiver
Support Services Directory in HCSIS


General Information

Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q)
Intermediate Care Facilities for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF/ID)
Advisory Committee for Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

Help and Support for Parents during COVID-19

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 (BCRC)

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)

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 (BCRC)

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.

PA Parent and Family Alliance

PROVIDERS: How can the Parent Alliance Help the Families You Serve?

Family Support Partners are just that, partners. They are highly trained parents who have raised or are raising a child (up to age 26) with challenges that may mirror the ones your families may be be encountering. Family Support Partners will walk with them on their journey until they feel ready to walk on their own.

(Learn more / View / Print / Share a flyer by clicking on the blue link above.)

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

More information on support for Pennsylvanians with autism and other intellectual disabilities from the Office of Developmental Programs is available on the DHS services page.

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 Autism Association

Autism & Wandering Prevention Tips
(promoting safety in the home & community)


Champions For Children with Disabilities

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  • Special Ed Info (IEP/504)
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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:

Additional resources for families of children having special needs