Special Needs and Disabilities
Early Intervention Program
Children three years of age and under who are at risk for developmental delays can be readily assessed in the Early Intervention Program.
Resources for Persons with a Diagnosis of Intellectual Disability
Persons with intellectual disability, their families or others who support them, can begin the process of registering for the coordination of their services by contacting the DHS Office of Intellectual Disability.
Individual and Community Health
Information about services related to autism, mental illness, and/or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources
Persons with disabilities and their families can turn to the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources, for technical assistance in accessing appropriate resources to meet their specific needs. Allegheny County does not pay for these supports and services.
Pa. DPW Support Services Waivers
There is some funding available through the Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Program to help eligible persons with disabilities live independently in their homes and communities. The HCBS waivers, also known as support services waivers are administered by the Pa. Department of Public Welfare. Eligibility for HCBS waivers depends upon an individual's income and resources, need for care, and availability of services.
Apply for publicly-funded benefits on-line or by calling the County Assistance Office at 412-565-2146
DHS Resource Guides
Find a list of helpful booklets that contain contact information for providers of social and human services
Family Resource Guide
Find e-information for parents of children who have disabilities.
PA 2-1-1 PA 2-1-1 SW
Find human and social services in Southwestern Pennsylvania by visiting the PA 2-1-1 website or calling 211 or 1-888-796-8226.
Pa. Department of Aging Office of Long-term Living
Find information for older adults seeking assistance with planning for their futures
Pa. Department of Public Welfare
Find information to help families and individuals find the resources they need to live healthier, happier lives
Pennsylvania Health Law Project
1-800-274-3258 (TTY 1-866-236-6310 )
PHLP website provides helpful newsletters with current content. PHLP also free legal services and advocacy to Pennsylvanians having trouble accessing publicly-funded health care coverage or services. Helpline at 1-800-274-3258 (TTY 1-866-236-6310 ).
Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (aka “Trickle”)
Find supports for individuals with disabilities who want to remain independent in their own homes