Below is a list of Intellectual Disability Programs available to eligible Forest and Warren county residents and whether those services are provided by Forest Warren Human Services or by private providers. More detailed descriptions of these services are available below the table.

 

 

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE FOREST WARREN COUNTY RESIDENTS

 

Forest Warren
Human Services

Private Provider

Casemanagement and Support Services

X

-

Early Intervention

X

X

Residential Services

-

X

Vocational Rehabilitation

-

X

Adult Training Facility

-

x

Family Support Services

X

-

Habilitation Services

-

X

Other Family Support Services

-

X

Representative Payee

X

-

 

   

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES


Activities and services provided by the Administrator’s Office of the County MH/ID Program.  The activities include:

 

  1. The general administrative, programmatic, and fiscal responsibility for the county MH/ID program;

  2. Development of planning documents addressing the county program needs, local planning efforts, and other information pertinent to planning for and providing a more adequate service delivery system;

  3. Research projects, the evaluation of program effectiveness, the analysis of programmatic needs of specific target groups, and the determination of the availability of services to the general public of the catchment area;

  4. Continuing relationships with the county MH/ID board, regional and central offices, contracted service providers, and family and consumer groups;

  5. The initiation of guardianship proceedings;

  6. The activities of the county MH/ID board

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  The essential feature of Intellectual Disability is significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning (IQ of 70 or below) that is accompanied by significant limitations in adaptive functioning in at least two of the following skill areas:  communication, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-direction, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health and safety.  The onset must occur before the individual’s 22nd birthday. Please contact the Intellectual Disability Program director at 726-2100.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  There are no fees associated with ID services.  ID services are paid for through waiver dollars (if eligible), FSS monies (if eligible) and county dollars.

 

   

SUPPORT COORDINATION

A set of interconnected staff functions intended to assure appropriate and timely use of available generic and specialized services to best address the needs of individual clients.  Case management activities may include: 

  1. Outreach;
  2. Referral of services;
  3. Assessment of clients, with the client’s input, for the purpose of developing an individualized service plan; Puns, adaptive behavior scale
  4. Certification of disability;
  5. Development of periodic review with the client of an Individualized Support Plan (ISP);
  6. Coordination of service planning with State mental hospitals and State centers;
  7. Coordination and management of the support plan;
  8. Provision of supportive services to clients and their families and other caretakers to include problem resolution and accessing specialized services, generic services and benefits;
  9. A process to assure that clients receive the appropriate quality, type, and level of services needed;
  10. Contact with the family, friends and other community members to develop or enhance the  client’s natural support network;
  11. Monitoring/safeguarding the use of client funds; payee service
  12. Monitoring of the service plan implementation;
  13. Client advocacy

EMPLOYMENT RELATED SERVICES:

PREVOCATIONAL SERVICES 

A direct service to prepare individuals for paid employment.  Individuals are taught concepts such as task completion, safety, problem-solving, following directions, and dependability.  It is not provided to teach skills required of a particular job task; instead, a variety of job tasks of interest to individuals are used to train appropriate work traits.

JOB SUPPORT SERVICES 

A direct service towards supporting individuals in maintaining integrated (community employment) competitive jobs of their choice.  The service consists of training individuals in job assignments, periodic follow-up and on-going support with individuals and their employers.

COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL SERVICES:

RESIDENTIAL 

A direct service provided to individuals who live in provider-owned homes.  Support is provided to assist individuals in acquiring, maintaining, and improving self-help, domestic, socialization, and adaptive skills.

LIFESHARING 

Living with and sharing life experiences with supportive persons who form a caring household.  The mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by matching those who choose this lifestyle with families or individuals who choose to open their homes and hearts.

COMMUNITY SERVICES: 

ADULT TRAINING FACILITY (ATF) 

A direct service to assist individuals in acquiring, maintaining, and improving self-help, domestic, socialization, and adaptive skills in a licensed facility setting.

HOME AND COMMUNITY HABILITATION - Provider Agency 

A direct service provided in the home and community settings to assist individuals in acquiring, maintaining, and improving self-help, domestic, socialization, and adaptive skills.  This is provided through an agency.

HOME AND COMMUNITY HABILITATION - Agency with Choice 

This is the same service as Home and Community Habilitation 1 but with an aide hired by the family, not through an agency.  This program is currently through our Agency with Choice - Communnity Resources for Independence (CRI).

OVERNIGHT RESPITE 

The service is for the temporary relief of the person normally responsible for the care and supervision of individuals in service.  This does not replace the responsibility of members of the family to provide care and supervision that would normally occur in the family situation.  This service occurs in 24-hour periods, and is limited up to 28 overnights annually, if budget permits.  This service is through our Agency with Choice.

TEMPORARY RESPITE 

This service is for a temporary relief of the person normally responsible for the care and supervision of individuals in service.  This does not replace the responsibility of members of the family to provide care and supervision that would normally occur in a family situation.  This service may occur in four 8-hour events monthly, if budget permits.  This service is through our Agency with Choice - Community Resources for Independence.

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES 

Family Support services are available for children open in Early Intervention, as well as those receiving Intellectual Disability Support Coordination.  Funding may provide respite and/or habilitation services as well as educational and recreational equipment.

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Based on Intellectual Disability Programs and Early Intervention Services as previously described.

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Funded through State and Local sources.

EARLY INTERVENTION 

The Early Intervention program serves children with special needs birth through three years of age.  Early Intervention is services and supports designed to help families with children with developmental delays.  Early Intervention builds upon the natural learning occurring in the first few years.  It is a process that promotes collaboration among parents, service providers and others significantly involved with a child.  The program focuses on six areas of development:  gross motor, fine motor cognition, self-help, social-emotional and language.  Services may include Special Instruction, Speech/Language Therapy, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  Program operates twelve months a year.

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Children with special needs birth through three years of age.  Referrals for the program are taken from parents and physicians.  To be eligible for Early Intervention services an infant and/or toddler must have a significant delay in one or more areas of development, a specialist determination or a known physical or mental condition which have high probability for developmental delays.

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Funded through State and Local sources.

            Forest-Warren Local Interagency Coordinating Council (FWLICC)

            The Forest-Warren Counties Early Intervention Coordinating Council (FWLICC) is a federal (Public Law 102-119) and state

            (PA Act 212) mandated group of parents and service providers working in partnership to improve the delivery and

            coordination of Early Intervention services.  The FWLICC works to help young children with special needs and their families,

            and supports a family centered approach to providing services to all children. 

 

            What does the FWLICC do?

 

                        -  provides a place and time for families and service providers to meet, talk and develop partnerships

                        -  voices local concerns and viewpoints regarding state laws, policies and procedures relating to Early Intervention

                        -  supports the coordination of services across providers and with families

                        -  forms working committees to address special projects such as child find and public awareness

                        -  works to overcome barriers that hinder or prevent the delivery of effective services

                        -  offers information and training to families and providers about Early Intervention regulations and programs, as well

                            as best practices

 

            Why should YOU be involved?  The FWLICC offers you:

 

                        -  someone to listen to you about your child

                        -  connections, support and networking opportunities which may provide information and contacts

                        -  information about Early Intervention regulations and services

                        -  a creative forum for problem solving

 

            The mission of the Forest-Warren LICC is to promote and enhance the quality of Early Intervention services to children and

            families through:

 

                        -  increasing parent involvement

                        -  supporting local collaboration

                        -  identifying community needs

                        -  facilitating access to services

                        -  advocating for young children and families

                        -  increasing community awareness

                        -  reviewing quality/effectiveness of services

                        -  developing local policies and procedures

                        -  encouraging the development of an inclusive early childhood community

 

            Who can be part of the FWLICC?

 

                        -  parents of young children

                        -  Early Intervention service providers

                        -  childcare and preschool representatives

                        -  members of the medical/health community

                        -  school district personnel

                        -  higher education representatives

                        -  social services providers

                        -  elected officials and their representatives

                        -  community members interested in Early Intervention

 

            How can I learn more and be involved?  FWLICC meetings are held regularly and are always open to the public.  For more

            information, contact:

 

                        -  Forest-Warren Human Services

                            Early Intervention Program

                            (814) 726-2100

 

                        -  Forest County School District

                            Special Education Supervisor/District Assistant Principal

                            (814) 755-4491

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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