Intellectual & Developmental Disability / Autism 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.

My child has Intellectual & Developmental Disability / Autism.

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:
    • Offer you the opportunity to complete a Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) form and place you on the waiting list
    • Help to identify other types of community supports and services that would help you while you are waiting

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).

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

Reference Materials:

The LifeCourse Framework

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

Video: Helping Families Articulate What They Need
The Charting the LifeCourse framework was created to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

Video: Charting the LifeCourse: An Introduction to the LifeCourse Framework
In this 18-minute video, you will also learn about each of the principles and why they are important to supporting your “good life.”

The LifeCourse Key Principles

Downloadable Quick Reference Tools for the Framework

Local Resources


ACHIEVA – Beaver County
105 Route 18
Beaver Valley Mall
Monaca, PA 15061
724.775.1602 (phone)
724.775.2905 (fax)

Southwestern Pennsylvania’s largest provider of lifelong services and supports for people with disabilities and their families.   Located in Beaver Valley Mall, their Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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, Clinics, Hospitals, Programs, Search Tips, and FAQ

HopeWorks-PA, LLC

3572 Brodhead Rd., Suite 103
Monaca, (Center Twp) PA   15061

Psychological Evaluations for Wraparound, MST, Family-Based Therapy and Diagnostic, Outpatient Therapy, Autism, and Developmental Testing, Individual Tutoring, Behavioral Health Evaluations, Educational Advocacy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, EMDR, Community Outreach

Pressley Ridge School for Autism

514 Marshall Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
​412.322.0140 (phone)
412.321.5313 (fax)

NOW OPEN!  The Pressley Ridge School for Autism is a Licensed Private Academic School that provides intensive social, behavioral, and academic interventions to children with Autism from ages 6 to 21.

Wesley Spectrum / Wonder Kids (WK)

Now available for Beaver County Residents! 

A social skills group for children ages 5-21 provides therapeutic and social relationship interventions designed to teach and enhance age-appropriate social skills for those who have an Autism Spectrum or Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder diagnosis.

PA Resources for Individuals and Families

Your Personal Guide to Returning to the Community


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.”

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 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 that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide one-on-one supports in an 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.) 

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
National 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

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)

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: