State Agency Contact Information
Bureau of Family Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health
The Bureau facilitates access to health and rehabilitative services for eligible children.
- 717-346-3000 (voice)
- See Help In PA, Health and Human Services Portal: http://www.helpinpa.state.pa.us
The Special Kids Network, Pennsylvania Department of Health
The Special Kids Network System of Care program works to remove barriers and challenges some families experience when trying to get services for their children, or trying to help their children lead full, productive and healthy lives. The network can assist communities in creating and improving services for children and youth with special health care needs. Information and referral services for individuals with special health care needs are provided through the Health and Human Services Call Center.
- Website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/special_kids_network/14205
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
The mission of the OVR is to assist Pennsylvanians with disabilities to obtain or keep a job. OVR is an eligibility-based program. Vocational Rehabilitation services are provided by vocational rehabilitation counselors located in 21 local district offices across the state.
- 800-442-6351 (voice); 866-830-7327 (TTY)
- Website: http://www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/vocational_rehabilitation/10356
- Also see Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, as referenced in this website: http://secondarytransition.org/page/pennsylvania_office_of_vocational_rehabilitation
Pennsylvania Workforce Development
Pennsylvania’s workforce development system enables businesses and workers to compete in the worldwide, knowledge-based economy. The workforce system will enhance employer competitiveness and innovation, while preparing Pennsylvanians for new careers in higher-wage jobs, effectively improving the quality of life for our most valuable resource-our citizens.
- Website: http://www.paworkforce.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pa_workforce_development/12865
- Also visit Pennsylvania CareerLink: http://www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us
Office of Children, Youth and Families, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Pennsylvania’s child welfare system is county-administered and state supervised. Child welfare and juvenile justice services are organized, managed, and delivered by County Children and Youth agencies and County Juvenile Probation offices, respectively.
- 717-783-0629 (voice)
- Website: :http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/dpworganization/officeofchildrenyouthandfamilies/index.htm
Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
The mission for the Office of Developmental Programs is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and their families the services and supports they need and the opportunity to make real choices about living, working and options for social activities to enable them to live in and participate fully in the life of their communities.
- 717-787-3700 (Voice)
- Website: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/dpworganization/officeofdevelopmentalprograms/index.htm
- Website: Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism and Related Resources
Office of Medical Assistance Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
The Office of Medical Assistance Programs administers the joint state/federal Medical Assistance (also known as Medicaid) program that purchases health care for close to 1.9 million Pennsylvania residents, including persons who are disabeled. Local County Assistance Offices determine eligibility for Medical Assistance.
- 717-787-1870 (voice)
- Website: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/dpworganization/officeofmedicalassistanceprograms/index.htm
- Local County Assistance Offices: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/findfacilsandlocs/countyassistanceofficecontactinformation/index.htm
Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
OMHSAS maintains a comprehensive, community-based mental health system of care for every county in the Commonwealth based on the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP). OMHSAS provides positive outcomes for children/adolescents and their families with, or at risk of, mental health problems.
- 877-356-5355 (Voice)
- Website: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/dpworganization/officeofmentalhealthandsubstanceabuseservices/index.htm
- Social Security administration 800-772-1213. SSA facilitates the payment of social security benefits to eligible individuals with disabilities. There are two major categories: (1) Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) for eligible individ¬uals who meet insured status by nature of disability including medical requirements and adult children with disabilities; and (2) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for eligible children and adults that meet specific medical and income criteria.
Adolescent and Substance Use, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs provides licensed drug and alcohol services for adolescents. Service delivery is based on the intervention need of the individual. Information on accessing services is available through each Single County Authority (SCA) or the county Drug & Alcohol Office.
- Website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1186030&mode=2
Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC)
The Commission is responsible for advising juvenile courts concerning the proper care and maintenance of delinquent children; establishing standards governing administrative practices and judicial procedures used in juvenile courts; establishing personnel practices and employment standards for probation offices; collecting, compiling, and publishing juvenile court statistics; and administering a Grant-in-Aid Program to improve county juvenile probation services.
- 717-787-6910 (voice)
- Website: http://www.jcjc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/jcjc_community/5030