HOW DO I ACCESS DEVELOPMENTAL
Services are available for any child or
adult who meets the criteria for a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability
or Autism Spectrum Disorder. The individual must reside in Columbia, Montour,
Snyder or Union County to begin the enrollment process. Consent for services
must be obtained from the individual or family/guardian of a minor.
Anyone interested in making a referral or a general inquiry about supports
and services for individuals with an intellectual disability or autism
spectrum disorder should contact the CMSU Developmental Services Office
at 570-275-6080 or 1-800-451-9720.
When making a referral, you will be asked to provide basic information
about the individual. This information will include: name, parents' names
if a minor, address including county of residence, date of birth, living
situation, education, reason for referral, and diagnosis. You will be
asked to provide documentation to support a diagnosis of intellectual
disability or autism spectrum disorder.
Intake Meeting. The next step in the process
is the intake meeting. This is the first face-to-face contact with the
Intake/Enrollment Coordinator, a representative of the county, after the
eligibility documentation has been received. This meeting can occur at
the CMSU office located at 1083 Bloom Road Suite 101, Danville, or any
location of the person's choice. More often than not, this meeting occurs
at the individual's home. At the intake the supports coordinator will
gather information to learn about the person's current situation and their
history. Historical information may be needed as part of the eligibility
determination process. The Intake/Enrollment Coordinator will obtain written
permission to request information from other sources such as the person's
physician, educational program, etc. if needed to determine eligibility.
The intake/Eligibility Coordinator will provide an overview of how the
system works. The individual and/or family will receive information on
LifeCourse Framework, service definitions, PUNS (waiting list), Medicaid
Waivers and other information to assist them in understanding the system.
Eligibility. An individual's eligibility for
services must be established through documents generated by qualified
professionals that support the criteria set forth by the Office of Developmental
Programs for a diagnosis of intellectual disability or autism spectrum
disorder. These documents include for Intellectual Disability: a standardized
general intelligence test, an assessment of adaptive skill areas and evidence
that the intellectual disability originated during the developmental period.
For Autism spectrum disorder: a standardized assessment and/or evaluation
by a licensed professional to document that an individual meets the criteria
for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, along with a standardized
assessment of adaptive functioning showing at least three areas of substantial
limitation, documentation or clinical opinion that the diagnosis originated
prior to age 22 and be eligible for medical assistance. If these documents
cannot be obtained from other sources, then the intake/enrollment coordinator
will arrange an evaluation with a licensed psychologist.
Supports Coordination. Once eligibility has
been established, the individual/family will be offered choice of a supports
coordination entity. A supports coordinator will be assigned and they
will utilize the LifeCourse Framework to develop a vision for what the
individual wants to see happen in their life. What are the individual’s
life outcomes and goals. The supports coordinator will develop and individualized
support plan and will help locate resources for the supports and services
identified in the plan. The supports and services may be natural supports,
resources available to anyone in the community, or they may refer them
for services that are funded through ODP by placing them on the PUNS.
The supports coordinator is responsible for monitoring services that are
An ongoing relationship develops between the supports coordinator and
the individual/family. The supports coordinator meets regularly with the
individual and the family to assess the individual's/family's level of
satisfaction with services, ensures that services provided in the individual's
plan continue to meet the person's needs, monitors service outcomes and
quality, and monitors the individual's health and well-being.
Funding Options. The supports coordinator will
discuss the various funding options that are available both public and
private. A PUNS or Prioritization of Urgency of Need will be completed
whenever funding is needed to meet the service needs identified in the
individual support plan. The waiting list is done by priority so there
is no way to say how long a person will be on the waiting list. While
most services are provided at no cost, some services require the completion
of a financial determination by the County Assistance Office. Supports
coordination services are provided at no cost to the individual or family.
Individuals with Medical Assistance will have supports coordination services
billed to their ACCESS card. Services obtained outside of CMSU may have
co-pays as per insurance or Medical Assistance policies.