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SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

This service provides a participant who has found a paying job in the community ongoing help to learn the skills needed to independently keep the job. This service is provided to participants who, because of their disability, need ongoing support to function in a work setting. The amount of support provided can be reduced as the participant becomes more independent in the workplace.

General Information for Adults with Autism

WHAT IS THE CONSOLIDATED WAIVER & THE PERSON/FAMILY DIRECTED SUPPORT WAIVER FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY? 

The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver & the Person/Family Support Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability live more independently in their homes & communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models & traditional, agency-based service models.

HOMEMAKER/CHORE SERVICES 

Homemaker services consist of services to enable the participant or the family member(s) or friend(s) with whom the participant resides to maintain their primary private home. Homemaker Services must be provided by a qualified homemaker and may include cleaning and laundry, meal preparation, and other general household care.

​​RESPITE SERVICES 

Respite Services are direct services that are provided to supervise and support participants living in private homes on a short-term basis due to the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing care. 

COMPANION SERVICES 

Companion services are provided to participants living in private homes for the limited purposes of providing supervision and assistance that is focused solely on the health and safety of the adult participant with intellectual disabilities.

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COMMUNITY INCLUSION

This service helps a participant gain skills needed to live in the community. The intent of this service is to reduce the need for direct assistance by improving a participant’s ability to live independently in the community.

THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS SOURCED FROM PENNSYLVANIA'S DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PA DHS, PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE. 

PIECE OF OUR PUZZLE PROVIDES ADULTS WITH THE FOLLOWING SERVICES

HOME AND COMMUNITY HABILITATION (UNLICENSED) 

This is a direct service (face-to-face) provided in home and community settings to assist participants in acquiring, maintaining, and improving self-help, domestic, socialization, and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in home and community-based settings. ​

WHAT IS THE ADULT AUTISM WAIVER? 

The Adult Autism Waiver is one of two programs in Pennsylvania specifically designed to help adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder participate in their communities in the way that they want to, based on their identified needs. For more information and frequently asked questions about the Adult Autism Waiver please visit the link below or call 1-866-539-7689.