Serving People with Physical Disabilities

Act 150 Program

  • This program is intended for individuals with physical disabilities to help them live independently in their homes and in the community. In order to be eligible, an individual must: 
    • Be a Pennsylvania resident
    • Be between eighteen (18) and fifty-nine (59) years of age
    • Have a medically determinable physically impairment that is expected to last of a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) calendar months or that may result in death. 
    • Meet the level of care needs for a Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Be capable of:
    • Managing their own financial affairs
    • Managing their own legal affairs
  • Financially qualify for Medicaid
    • Individuals who meet the level of care criteria, but fail to financially qualify for Medicaid may be offered services through the Act150 Program – they may be required to pay a co-pay for their services


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Community Health Choices

  • The Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to increasing opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities to remain in their homes. If you’re 21 or older and have both Medicare and Medicaid, or receive long-term supports through Medicaid because you need help with everyday personal tasks, you will be covered by Community Health Choices (CHC).
  • CHC will coordinate your health care coverage to improve the quality of your health care experience — serving more people in communities rather than in facilities, giving them the opportunity to work, spend more time with their families, and experience an overall better quality of life.

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New York Access

ACCES-VR Services - New York State Education Department


Going away for college can be difficult.  For students with disabilities, seeking higher education and a broader life experience at college comes with added challenges, especially when that student goes to an out-of-state school and their home state’s services are not available.

Community Resources for Independence is a contracted provider with New York State Education Department’s ACCES-VR service, supporting New York State residents attending a college in Pennsylvania.  These supports can include:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living, which are those activities needed to maintain an independent body, such as assistance with bathing, toileting, dressing, and feeding.  
  • Assistance with home support services to foster an independent home environment, such as light housekeeping, cooking, and laundry.   
  • In short, we can help with those things a person would have done for themselves to maintain their independence, were it not for their disability.

Please contact our CRI Information and Referral specialists from our Center for Independent Living to learn more of how we can support your goal of higher education in Pennsylvania with the with New York State Education Department’s ACCES-VR system.

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