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Fact Sheets about the Intellectual Disability Service System

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Intellectual Disability (OID) provides intake into the Intellectual Disability service system. FactSheets are brief explanations of important subjects regarding OID and the Intellectual Disability (ID) service system which can guide users in understanding system, including pdf.gif Eligibility and pdf.gif How to Register for ID Services.

NOTE: All links below are to PDF documents.

Everyone registered with the Office of Intellectual Disability (OID) receives Supports Coordination. The Supports Coordinator will complete, with input from the individual and people close to them, an ISP - Individual Support Plan. The ISP will reflect needs for supports and services. How soon the person will need those supports and services will be identified on a PUNS - Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services form.

For services that the individual is requesting be funded by the Intellectual Disability service system an Intellectual Disability Waiver will be sought through their Supports Coordinator. There is currently a waiting list for ID waivers. Waiver funded services must meet current statewide Service Guidelines, be provided by a willing and qualified Service Provider and follow the regulations of appropriate Service Delivery.

Two examples of Intellectual Disability Services are those that support a person’s Employment / Day Activity Choice and Lifesharing through Family Living.

Supports and services provided through ID Waivers may be delivered in a traditional way or through a Participant Direct Services model.

Throughout a person’s participation in a waiver Communication with DHS / County Assistance Office is very important.

For students with disabilities Transition to Adult Life can be especially challenging, this FactSheet provides some guidance for planning.

Other FactSheets provide details on Incident Management, the role of Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) and Appeals (or Due Process) options.

Communication with DHS / CAO
Due Process (Due Options)   
Employment Services and Day Activities
How to Register for ID Services
ID Services, Providers, Delivery  
ID Waivers
Incident Management
Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q)
ISP - Individual Support Plan 
Lifesharing through Family Living
Participant Direct Services 
PUNS - Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services
Supports Coordination
Transition to Adult Life
DHS Office of Intellectual Disability brochure