Behavioral & Developmental Programs
- Behavioral Health
- Developmental Programs
- Early Intervention
- PA COMPASS
- Tax Free Savings Plan
- 911 Special Needs Project
Wayne County’s Office of Behavioral health is committed to providing our consumers with the highest quality behavioral health care services, which are easily accessible, respectful of the individual and family, welcoming and focusing services delivery on the unique needs of each individual.
In Wayne County, Developmental Programs encompass three different units that oversee the provision of services to both children and adults through the Intellectual Disabilities Program, Autism Services and programs for those with Developmental Disabilities under the age of nine.
Wayne County serves children, adults, and families with intellectual disabilities, ensures quality services, and promotes choice, partnership and community understanding. It also ensures quality and sufficient support for the individuals that we serve in order to enable them to be successful in the life that they choose. We also assist them in fully participating in the community and in receiving the dignity and respect that they deserve. For more information visit the PA Office of Developmental Programs.
The Wayne County Office of Developmental Programs provides the same type of services to individuals with Autism who have deficiencies in adaptive behavior and need assistance with some of the basic tasks of daily living. The office also coordinates with other state programs that provide similar services for consumers without these deficiencies.
Developmental Disabilities Under Age 9
The office also serves children with developmental disabilities who are under the age of nine, which is when most testing and other diagnostic tools become more reliable.
Children in Pennsylvania with developmental delays and disabilities benefit from a state supported collaboration among parents, service practitioners and others who work with young children needing special services.
The state's Early Intervention Program provides support and services to families with children, from birth to age five, with developmental delays and disabilities. Early Intervention builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.
COMPASS is a website that allows individuals and community based organizations access to screen for, apply for and renew a broad range of social programs.
COMPASS serves as a single access point for application of:
- Health Care Coverage
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-SNAP (Food Stamps)
- Cash Assistance
- Long Term Living Services
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program-LIHEAP (Seasonal availability)
- Free or Reduced Price School Meals
- Child Care Works
COMPASS also provides an access point to submit a referral for the following Home and Community Based Services:
- Early Intervention Services
- Intellectual Disability Services
- Adult Autism Services
PA ABLE Savings Program
The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE Program, is a landmark tax-free state savings account to help alleviate some of the financial challenges faced by families raising or caring for those with disabilities.
The ABLE program rewards initiative and family responsibility, and it opens the door for individuals to take steps to increase their ability to function and contribute. Families can set aside funds for a better safety net, without having to choose between services and savings
Administered by the state treasury, ABLE accounts:
- Provide people with disabilities with a way to be more financially independent.
- Save on taxes; accounts grow tax-free and, when used for qualified disability expenses, are tax exempt.
- Protect eligibility for means-tested federal benefits and state disability, medical assistance, health, and student aid benefits.
- May be used to pay for a wide range of disability expenses including basic living, housing, education, health, legal, transportation, and more.
- Allow others to give funds to the eligible individual without the gift impacting benefits.
Informing First Responders
The Wayne County Human Services Quality Council is working in cooperation with the Wayne County Commissioners and the Wayne County 911 Center to offer families with special needs and circumstances an opportunity to have pertinent information on file with 911 operators in the event there is an emergency in your home.
The information you choose to share with the Wayne County 911 Emergency System is intended to assist ambulance /fire personnel when they are responding to a call for help from your home. This information will be used ONLY for the 911 Emergency System and will be handled confidentially.