Karen Bennett, Human Services/Mental Health/Intellectual Disability Administrator
Fort Jackson Building, (3rd Floor)
19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5276 / Toll-Free: 888-317-7106 / Fax: 724-852-5368
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., MondayFriday
The Greene County Human Services Department (GCHSD) Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Program promotes opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead full and productive lives within our community. It is our goal to ensure that services and supports are provided to meet the needs of consumers with intellectual disabilities in the least restrictive setting possible. We want all individuals whom we serve to be active members of our community and live a life of quality.
"SPREAD THE WORD...TO END THE WORD" Greene County Human Services Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Program is participating in the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. Events include the Greene County Commissioner’s Proclamation of Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month on March 2, 2017 and a “Pledge to Show Respect” day on March 3rd. Local school districts are also showing their support of the campaign by holding various activities coordinated by their students, parents, faculty & staff. Central Greene and Jefferson Morgan school districts have taken the pledge by making videos, signing petitions, having a “wear blue” day to show support, and sharing posts on their social media pages.
To find out more information about the Greene County Human Services Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Program and services we provide, contact 724-852-5276 or visit www.co.greene.pa.us
This county office determines a person’s eligibility for Medicaid Waiver funding under the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). The two waivers are the Consolidated Waiver and the Person-Family Directed Services Waiver. An individual must meet the following criteria in order to be determined eligible:
Must be eligible for medical assistance through the County Assistance Office.
Must have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual and/or developmental disability which occurred during the developmental period of birth through 22nd birthday as determined by a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, psychiatrist, or licensed physician who practices psychiatry. (Documentation by a standardized general intelligence test).
Certification that the individual has significant impairments in adaptive behavior based on results of a standardized assessment of adaptive functioning.
Intake and Enrollment:
Individuals interested in waiver services may contact Greene County Human Services IDD Program at 724.852.5276 and ask to speak with the Program Director or a Supports Coordinator. Upon intake, individuals will need to provide proof of identification, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, and Medical/Access Card.
Once intake and eligibility documents are received, a PUNS form will be completed. The PUNS is the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services which identifies services that are needed and categorizes the urgency of need. Funding is distributed based on the urgency of need and available funds.
Enrollment in the program does require individual and/or family participation in assessment processes, annual eligibility re-determination processes, and monitoring requirements. To maintain eligibility in the program, participants must adhere to medical assistance requirements from the County Assistance Office, have annual medical forms completed by their physician, and work with their Supports Coordinator in scheduling home visits and submitted various documentation requirements.
Supports Coordination: A critical service that involves the primary functions of locating, coordinating, and monitoring needed services and supports for waiver participants. Locating services and supports consists of assistance to the participant and his or her family in linking, arranging for, and obtaining services specified in an ISP, including needed medical, social, habilitation, education, or other needed community services.
Greene County Human Services Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program offers choice of willing and qualified service providers. During the intake, enrollment, and planning processes, a complete overview of available providers and services will be reviewed.
Medicaid Home and Community Based Services: (include, but are not limited to the following)
Community Homes: A home licensed under 55 Pa.Code Chapter 6400 where Residential Habilitation Services are provided to individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. A community home is defined in regulations as, "A building or separate dwelling unit in which residential care is provided to one or more individuals with IDD."
Adult Training Facilities Facilities and Older Adult Daily Living Programs: Services consist of supervision, training, and support in general areas of self-care, communication, community participation, and socialization. Areas of emphasis include: therapeutic activities, fine and gross motor development, mobility, personal adjustment, use of community resources, and relationship development.
Pre-Vocational Services: This service is provided to assist individuals in developing skills necessary for placement in a higher level vocational program and ultimately into competitive employment. The service may be provided as:
Facility-based employment. Facility-based employment focuses on the development of competitive worker traits through the use of work as the primary training method.
Occupational training. Occupational training is used to teach skills for a specific occupation in the competitive labor market, and includes personal and work adjustment training that is designed to develop appropriate worker traits and teach the understanding of the expectations of a work environment.
Vocational evaluation. Vocational evaluation involves the use of planned activities, systematic observation, and testing to accomplish a formal assessment of the individual, including identification of service needs, potential for employment, and identification of employment objectives.
Vocational facility. A vocational facility is a premise where habilitative employment or employment training is provided to one or more individuals with disabilities.
Work activities center. A work activities center is a program focusing on behavioral and/or therapeutic techniques to enable individuals to attain sufficient vocational, personal, social, independent living skills to progress to a higher level vocational program.
Supported Employment: Direct and indirect services that are provided in community employment work sites with co-workers who do not have disabilities for the purposes of finding and supporting individuals with mental retardation in competitive jobs of their choice. Supported Employment Services consist of two components: job finding and job support. Individuals who are receiving Supported Employment Services must receive minimum wage or higher for the hours worked in competitive employment.
Supported Employment Services consist of paid employment for individuals who, because of their disabilities, need intensive support to perform in a work setting. Supported Employment Services include activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving Waiver services, including supervision and training. When Supported Employment Services are provided at a work site in which people without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by the individuals receiving Waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.
Respite: Direct services that are provided to supervise and support individuals on a short-term basis due to the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing care to the individual. Respite Services do not cover the care provided to a minor child when the primary caregiver or legally responsible individual is absent due to work. Respite Services are limited to individuals residing in private homes (the individual’s own home or the home of a relative or friend).
Home & Community Habilitation: direct service (face-to-face) provided in home and community settings to assist individuals in acquiring, maintaining, and improving self-help, domestic, socialization, and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in home and community-based settings. Services consist of support in the general areas of self-care, communication, fine and gross motor skills, mobility, therapeutic activities6, personal adjustment, relationship development, socialization, and use of community resources.
Habilitation may be provided up to 24 hours a day based on the needs of the individual, to protect the individual’s health and welfare. Through the provision of this service individuals learn, maintain, or improve skills through their participation in a variety of everyday life activities These activities must be necessary for individuals to live in the community, to live more independently, or to be more productive and participatory in community life.
Companion Services: Provided to individuals living in private residences for the limited purposes of providing supervision and necessary care and minimal assistance that is focused solely on the health and safety of the adult individual (18 years of age and older) with mental retardation. This service is not available to people who are residing in Unlicensed or Licensed Residential Habilitation settings. Companion Services are used in lieu of habilitation services to protect the health and welfare of the individual when a habilitative outcome is not appropriate or feasible (that is, when the individual is not learning, enhancing, or maintaining a skill).
Behavioral Support Services: This is a service that includes functional assessment; the development of strategies to support the individual based upon assessment; and the provision of training to individuals, staff, parents and caretakers. Services must be required to meet the current needs of the individual, as documented and authorized in the ISP.
You may visit these websites for further information and valuable resources for individuals with disabilities and their families.
The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families www.temple.edu/thetrainingpartnership *This link provides the most comprehensive list of resources, forms, and information available as well as additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)*
Frequently Asked Questions to Greene County IDD Program:
How do I get started in services? Individuals interested in waiver services may contact Greene County Human Services IDD Program at 724-852-5276 and ask to speak with the IDD Program Director or a Supports Coordinator.
What is the PUNS? PUNS stands for Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services. The PUNS form gathers information about your situation, your needs (current and anticipated) and what services & supports you many need through the Office of Developmental Programs. The information is collected by each County’s Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Program, also known as that County’s Administrative Entity (AE). The PUNS is used by the County IDD Program and state to track how many people are waiting for services and what types of services are needed.
What is the waiting list? The waiting list refers to the number of persons who have completed a PUNS, but are waiting for available funding or waivers to receive services. Each county gets an annual allocation of funding from the Department of Public Welfare Office of Developmental Programs. Counties prioritize funding based on urgency of need, availability of services to meet these needs, and availability of funding. People already enrolled in waivers must have all their needs met before the County can enroll new people.
How long do I have to wait? It is important to remember that the Waiting List is not like a typical waiting line where each person has a number. The county matches available resources with individual needs to determine who gets services and when. People in Emergency category will have priority, but may still have to wait.
What is a Waiver? Waiver is a short way of saying "Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Program." Waivers pay for supports and services that eligible people need to live in the community instead of an institution. Waiver programs are funded by federal and state monies. The federal (Medicaid) portion of funding is matched by the state. The two types of waiver programs are:
Person/Family Directed Support (PFDS) Waiver: It is known as the "small" waiver because it has a cap of $30,000 (currently) per person each fiscal year. This funding can be used to get the support you need to participate in a wide range of activities in your community. The PFDS waiver cannot support residential services in a community home.
Consolidated Waiver: This waiver is sometimes referred to as the "big" waiver, or residential waiver because it can include residential services in community homes. There is no set dollar cap on your individual budget to purchase needed supports that you can receive. The amount of support will be based on needs as determined through the planning process.
Is it possible to Lose My Waiver After I am Enrolled? Yes, you must continue to meet the following criteria annually:
Eligibility for IDD Services
Level of Care (ICF/ID) This means that you have the same level of care needs as someone who would receive the same services in an institution.
Financial eligibility This is determined by the County Assistance Office
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370