There are many ways to get information about eligibility and registration for intellectual disability services. Information is below. You can also contact the Partnership and we can explain the requirements and process.
In order for the state to plan and fund services and supports for people across Pennsylvania, it is important that the County Intellectual Disabilities Program offices and State Offices of Developmental Programs (ODP) know you exist and that you need some type of support or service. You cannot receive Supports Coordination or funding for services and supports or be placed on the Waiting List for services unless you are registered with the County Intllectual Disabilities Program office.
WHAT IS PUNS? PUNS stands for the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services. The PUNS form gathers information about your situation, your needs (current and anticipated) and what services and supports you may need through the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs. The information is collected by each county's Mental Health/Intellectual Disability (MH/ID) office, also called that county's Administrative Entity. The PUNS form describes how soon you will need services and supports. PUNS information helps the county and the state understand and plan for what you need, and when you will need it. PUNS information is entered into the state database, the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS). The PUNS form is a planning and information gathering tool. Completion of the PUNS does not mean your service needs can be met at the time you fill it out.
PUNS Bulletin PDF
PUNS Form PDF
PUNS Manual PDF
The Partnership offers several trainings that will help you understand who should apply for ID services and how to apply for services.
Overview for families
PUNS for families
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To find the full list of ODP Bulletins, please see the Publications section of our website.