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The Office of Developmental Programs is the entity within the Department of Public Welfare responsible for the oversight of intellectual and developmental disability services in Pennsylvania. The local County MH/MR Programs' role is to verify eligibility for intellectual disability services through the Office of Developmental Programs.
Eligibility for intellectual disability services through the Office of Developmental Programs requires a diagnosis of an intellectual disability based on the results of objective standardized testing. An intellectual disability is a permanent condition that affects a person's ability to learn and function in daily life that occurs during the developmental period. A diagnosis of an intellectual disability requires that both a person's general intelligence and ability to function in daily life are significantly below average. These two conditions may be present at birth or occur in the developmental period defined as prior to the person's 22nd birthday.
Persons interested in more information regarding eligibility for intellectual services may contact the Office of Developmental Programs by telephoning the Intellectual Disabilities Services Customer Service Line at 1-888-565-9435 or by contacting their local County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities (MH/ID) Program Office.
The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966 (50 P.S. SS 4101 - 4704)