Developmental Disabilities Program

Tammi Shippee, Director
Phone: 814-726-2100 extension 8407
Email: shippeet(a)

Stacie Lehnen, Program Specialist
Phone: 814-726-2100 extension 8163
Email: lehnens(a)

John Kahle, Quality Assurance
Phone: 814-726-2100 extension 8144

Supports Coordination:

KaSandra Calamunci, Supervisor
Phone: 814-726-2100 extension 8127

Intake Criteria/ Eligibility with a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability

  • IQ of 70 or below assessed by a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, psychiatrist, or licensed physician who practices psychiatry using standardized testing.
  • Deficits in two or more areas of adaptive functioning, which includes communication, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-direction, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health and safety based on a standardized adaptive functioning test.
  • Diagnosis of Intellectual Disability prior to age 22.

Intake Criteria/Eligibility with a diagnosis of Autism

  • IQ is not factored into eligibility
  • An evaluation by a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, psychiatrist, developmental pediatrician or a licensed physician, as documented in a standardized diagnostic tool.
  • Deficits in three or more areas of adaptive functioning, which includes self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self direction, capacity for independent living.
  • Diagnosis of Autism prior to age 22.

The Supports Coordinator makes and handles referrals and helps individuals get services identified in the Individual Support Plan.

Case Management Activities may include:

  • Ensuring the health and safety of the individual
  • Determining what the individual needs
  • Referral of services
  • Developing the Individual Support Plan (ISP) based on assessed needs and natural supports
  • Locating services
  • Monitoring Services
  • Advocacy

Early Intervention

Angela Sutton, Early Intervention Coordinator
Phone: 814-726-2100 extension 8421
Email: suttona(a)

  • Early Intervention program services children from infancy to the age of 3 in Warren and Forest Counties.
  • Therapeutic services are focused on the following areas of child development: Cognitive, communication, motor, social-emotional and adaptive.
  • Referrals for the program come from NICUs, specialists, hospitals, PCPs, parents, family members, private daycares, providers outside the EI program, child care programs, EI providers, social service agencies (CYS, perinatal) Connect, and homeless shelters.
  • To be eligible for Early Intervention services the child must have a 25% delay in one or more areas of development, have an EI provider’s clinical opinion or a known medical or mental health diagnosis with high probability of developmental delays.
  • Early Intervention LICC meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public.

For more information about Early Intervention services or LICC meeting dates contact the FWHS Early Intervention Program at 814-726-2100 ext. 8188