of Central Pennsylvania
Frequently Asked Questions
- What does CMSU
Montour, Snyder and Union Counties of Central Pennsylvania.
is an intake? An intake is
a basic assessment of a consumer's need. This is usually performed
by a caseworker at the Base Service Unit.
do you need my financial information? Consumers
who work are required to pay for some services they receive. How
much each consumer pays toward the cost of services is based on
his/her income and expenses. This is called a liability determination.
- What is the difference between CMSU
and CSIU? CMSU
stands for Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union Counties whereas
CSIU stands for the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.
- Is CMSU part
of Danville State Hospital? No.
CMSU is part of county government. We do, however, work closely
with Danville State Hospital when admitting and discharging people
from the four-county area. CMSU also rents a building from DSH for
its administrative offices.
- What is a "Joinder?"
CMSU is a cooperative arrangement
between the four counties to provide mental health, intellectual
disabilities and drug & alcohol services. The joinder is the
common term for this arrangement.
- Which office should I be calling to
make a referral? Referrals
for people with mental health and drug & alcohol issues should
be made to the Behavioral Health Office at (570) 275-4962 or 1-800-676-4412.
Referrals for individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism
should be made to the Developmental Services Office at (570) 275-6080
or 1-800-451-9720. Referrals for children, birth to 3 years of age,
with developmental delays should be made to the Developmental Services
Office at (570)
275-6080 or 1-800-451-9720.
- Will my services start immediately?
Mental health and drug & alcohol services
will begin following the enrollment. Most services for individuals
with intellectual disabilities have a waiting list. You will be
informed by the supports coordinator whether there is a waiting
list for the service your family member is requesting. When there
is a waiting list for the needed service, the supports coordinator
will complete a form with you called the PUNS to categorize your
family member's need along a continuum of need (emergency, critical,
planning) which places your family member on the waiting list for
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