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Pennsylvania Services

Pennsylvania Health & Human Services Programs: COMPASS
If you want to find out if you qualify for Pennsylvania health and human services programs, apply for new benefits, finish your application or check your status, you’re in the right place.  By using COMPASS you can apply at any time during the day or night from home, a library or any location with Internet access.  COMPASS is an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs. www.compass.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Health and Human Services Call Center
The call center provides information, brochures, application and renewal assistance for health care coverage, and also hosts a searchable referral database for residents of Pennsylvania accessible atwww.HelpinPA.state.pa.us.  The Health and Human Services Call Center responds to callers on behalf of the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Public Welfare, Aging, and Insurance. Trained specialists can answer the Helplines phones in English, Spanish and Russian. They are able to serve all the caller’s needs in a single call. For example, families calling the Healthy Kids helpline for CHIP coverage can also receive information and referrals for a child who needs adaptive clothing as well as services for their aging parent and program information for a relative who experience a recent brain injury.

Healthy Kids Line 1-800-986-KIDS Healthy Baby Line 1-800-986-BABY
Parent to Parent (NW Region) 724-598-7380 Long Term Care Line 1-866-286-3636
PA Recreation and Leisure Line 1-800-986-4550 Special Kids Network Line 1-800-986-4550
Lead Information Line 1-800-440-LEAD Brain Injury Help Line 1-866-412-4755
TTY: 1-877-232-7640

Early Intervention Resources

Early Intervention in Pennsylvania

Early Development Tips & Tools

Parent Resources for Children Birth to Three

Free Parents Brochures and Guides 

For a copy of the Parent Guide for EI (PDF), visit the: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY).

For Pennsylvania, please see A Pediatric Practitioner’s Guide to Early Intervention in Pennsylvania. Learn more about their programs by clicking here. 

The Right to Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers and Their Families in Pennsylvania  please see click here

Pennsylvania’s Approach to the Delivery of Early Intervention Services

Preschool Transition

School Age Resources

Serving Children with disabilities in Private School Settings

Kids Together, Inc.

Special Education in Pennsylvania

En español: El Derecho a la Educación Especial en Pennsylvania: Una Guía Para Padres

Pennsylvania Parent Guide to Special Education for School Age Children (PDE 9-08)

Success in School and in Life: Developing and Improving Communication Skills for Children with Disabilities

Transition to Adulthood

Transition to Adulthood for Children with Disabilities:  A Tool Kit for Parents and Advocates

PA Department of Health- Transition Health Care Checklist:  A Resource to help Youth with Special Health Care needs make a successful transition to adult living that includes their health and their health care.

Employment

Creating a Path to Employment: Tips for Parents with Children with Disabilities: Work in the 21st century is more team-based than ever. Start by exploring the world of work together.

View the checklist here.

Advocacy

The Peal Center- Helping Families with children with disabilities and special health care needs

The PA Education Law Center

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