Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS)
Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS) is a division of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. IDS is responsible to administer two state funded programs; the Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program and Intellectual disAbility Services, As the Administrative Entity for these two County programs, IDS is responsible to plan, administer, monitor and coordinate services for Philadelphia citizens who are served in these programs.
Philadelphia Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program: ‘Supporting Child Development’
The Philadelphia Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program is an entitlement program for infants and toddlers between the ages of birth to 3 years of age who are eligible. Anyone can make a referral to Early Intervention and all referred children will receive a developmental assessment and many will also receive a multidisciplinary evaluation. All children eligible will be assigned a service coordinator and all Early Intervention Services are delivered at no cost to the family.
Children who are evaluated and determined not eligible for services may be eligible for at-risk tracking, if they meet the following criteria:
- Birth weight under 3.3 lbs.
- NICU graduate
- Elevated blood lead level
- Substantiated abuse or neglect
- Born to chemically dependent mother
- Experiencing homelessness
Children who are followed in the ‘at risk’ tracking program receive regular developmental screenings until age three. A case will be opened for every child who meet any of the at-risk criteria.
The following information is needed in order to make a referral to the Infant Toddler Early Intervention program:
- child’s first and last name,
- parent’s first and last name,
- parent’s address and phone number,
- child’s date of birth
- child’s gender,
- the medical assistance number (if receiving MA)
- and the child’s social security number (if known)
You can print the referral form on this website, complete the information and email the form to Birthto3EI@phila.gov. IF there are questions or to make a referral, you may call 215.685.4646. Forms can also be faxed to 215.685.4638. Children who are ages 3-5 that have developmental delays are served in the Preschool Early Intervention Program and in Philadelphia the program is called Elwyn SEEDS. To make a referral to the Elwyn SEEDS program call: 215.222.8054.
Services for Individuals with an Intellectual disAbility Program: ‘Supporting People to Live an Everyday Life in the Community’
Intellectual disAbility (ID) Services are quality supports and services to individuals so that they will have choice in their lives, meaningful relationships and participate in their community as valued citizens. ID services are not an entitlement and are available to individuals and their families based on urgent need and available resources provided to the IDS from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who funds the program. IDS collaborates with more than 80 ID Provider Agencies to provide a broad range of supports and services including:
- A range of At-home services, including respite care, therapies, and social and recreational services
- Supervised community homes and LifeSharing arrangements
- Employment and day services
- Monitoring to ensure a focus on service outcomes, quality management, and accountability
Collaboration with the educational, health, and child welfare systems
Eligibility: To be eligible for Philadelphia ID services, you must
- Be a resident of Philadelphia and a legal resident of Pennsylvania
- Be registered in order to receive services
- Have an IQ of 70 or below and a current Psychological evaluation to documents this.
- Have significant limitations in three areas of adaptive behavior
- Have proof of intellectual disAbility before the 22nd birthday
- Have a Birth Certificate and a Social Security card
- Bring in your Medical Assistance card (ACCESS card) or proof of other insurance. To apply for State Funded benefits (like medical assistance) go to the Compass website at http://www.dpw.state.pa.us
- We encourage each individual to have an annual physical examination and the designated form provided by IDS [can be downloaded from this website] be completed by a physician. We will request a copy of this completed form before the end of the registration process.
Eligible persons with an intellectual disAbility will select a supports coordination organization (SCO) that will help them to identify supports and resources to address your needs. The supports coordinator will also coordinate a meeting to develop an Individual Support Plan (ISP) with/for the eligible individual.
To find out if you are eligible for Intellectual disAbility services or to make a referral of an adult with an intellectual disAbility, call the IDS Registration unit at 215.685.4677.