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Mental Retardation Services
Service Definitions
Eligibility Criteria
  • A resident of Berks County
  • The person's family monthly gross income must not exceed 250% of the federal poverty income guidelines
These service definitions must be used for Mental Retardation Services funded through the HSDF.
1. Adult Development Training is community-based programs designed to facilitate the acquisition of prevocational, behavioral activities of daily living, and independent living skills.  As a prerequisite for development, affective development, communication development, physical development, and working skills development. Services are provided in facilities licensed under Adult Day Care Centers.
2. Community Employment and Employment Related Services is employment in a community setting or employment-related programs which may combine vocational evaluation, vocational training and employment in a non-specialized setting such as a business or industry or other work sites within the community. Included are competitive employment, supported/supportive employment, and industry integrated vocational programs such as work stations in industry, transitional training, mobile work forces, enclaves, affirmative industries/business, and placement and follow-up services. Client wages may not be included.
3. Community Residential Services refers to the care, treatment, rehabilitation, habilitation, and social and personal development services provided to persons in a community based residential program which is licensed or specifically Department approved community residential agency or home. Services are intended for persons capable of benefiting from social and personal development services away from their own homes or family, or for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance who cannot be maintained in their own home. Services include, but are not limited to:
  • Community residential rehabilitation services
  • Community residential facilities
  • Family living homes and host homes
4. Community Services include the cost of programs and activities made available by any staff member to community or human service agencies, professional personnel, and the general public concerning mental illness or mental retardation, in order to increase general awareness or knowledge about these disabilities or to prevent them, are included.  Prevention, consultation and education services are also included:
  • Advice and expertise given to professionals concerning mental health or mental retardation by a staff member in order to extend knowledge concerning these disabilities to other parties
  • Educational information given to the general public or other community agencies concerning the services available from the county program
  • Activities and programs developed to reduce the incidence of mental illness or mental retardation, such as community awareness or programs to prevent mental disability or to reduce the incidence or severity of it
  • Activities designed to help the general public accept individuals with mental disabilities as they re-enter the community and to increase the public's responsiveness to the needs of these people
  • Activities designed to develop community resources to meet the needs of the mentally disabled
5. Facility Based Vocational Rehabilitation Services is designed to provide remunerative development and vocational training within a community-based, specialized facility (sheltered workshop) using work as the primary modality.  Sheltered workshop programs include vocational evaluation, personal work adjustment training, work activity training, and regular work training and are provided in licensed facilities. Client wages may not be
6. Early Intervention is the delivery of authorized education/ developmental/ therapeutic service to preschool handicapped or at risk children and their families either in the home of the child, a classroom, a center, a day care or head start classroom, or a group day care home.  Early intervention programs include activities and services designed to:
  • facilitate the intellectual, emotional, physical, mental, social, language development of the child and
  • encourage the participation of the parents of the clients in the development and operation of any such program
7. Case Management refers to a set of separate, interconnected staff functions intended to assure appropriate and timely use of available generic and specialized services to best address the needs of individual clients.  Services are to be available for crisis situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the location where the client needs services.  Activities may include:
  • Outreach
  • Referral for services
  • Assessment of clients, with the client's input, for the purpose of developing an individualized service plan
  • Certification of disability
  • Development of periodic review with the client of an individualized service plan
  • Coordination of service planning with State Mental Hospitals and Mental Retardation Centers
  • Coordination and management of the service plan
  • A process to assure that clients receive the appropriate quality, type, and level of services needed
  • Monitoring/safeguarding the use of client's funds
  • Monitoring of the service plan implementation
  • Client advocacy
Non-Allowable Cost Centers
  • Administrator's Office
  • Community Residential Services
  • Family Support Services