The Arc of Chester County is closely monitoring the changing and evolving information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are working around the clock to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all those we serve in The Arc community. Our Program Directors are working closely with their teams to continue offering the uninterrupted services and assistance our population relies on, especially those with disabilities. We are following the directives issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), local health departments, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Arc will continue monitoring advisories and government directives as they relate to the pandemic and keep you posted of any changes. Stay safe and be well.

Resources for more information:

The ARC

ArcConnections

ArcConnections is a one-stop shop to provide resources outside of The Arc’s own offerings. Please feel free to access this list of other resources available in our community.

Click here to submit information for ArcConnections.

PLEASE NOTE: We provide this information as a convenience for our community. It is not an all-inclusive list but rather an evolving resource database. Although we attempt to keep the listings up-to-date, we cannot guarantee that all links and phone numbers are current. This list is for information purposes only and is not intended to recommend or endorse any specific professional or therapeutic treatment or any person or organization.

Important Updates

Department of Health Press Release:

Wolf Administration Requires Masking in Schools, Early Learning and Child Care Settings to Keep Students Safely in Classrooms and Delta Variant Out

Harrisburg, PA – With a focus on protecting students and keeping them in classrooms, Governor Tom Wolf joined the departments of Health, Human Services and Education today to discuss the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers. The order takes effect 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

“My office has received an outpouring of messages from parents asking the administration to protect all children by requiring masks in schools,” said Gov. Wolf. “The science is clear. The Delta variant is highly transmissible and dangerous to the unvaccinated, many of whom are children too young to receive the vaccine. Requiring masks in schools will keep our students safer and in the classroom, where we all want them to be.

“I preferred for local school boards to make this decision. Unfortunately, an aggressive nationwide campaign is spreading misinformation about mask-wearing and pressuring and intimidating school districts to reject mask policies that will keep kids safe and in school. As we see cases among children increase in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, this is especially dangerous and challenging as we seek to keep kids in school and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.”

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam was joined at a press conference today by Governor Tom Wolf, Education Secretary Noe Ortega, Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead and President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Trude Haecker.

“The reality we are living in now is much different than it was just a month ago,” said Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam. “With case counts increasing, the situation has reached the point that we need to take this action to protect our children, teachers and staff. The science is clear. If we want to keep our schools open, maintain classroom learning and allow sports and other activities to continue, masking significantly increases our chances of doing so.”

Universal masking in schools, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend, reduces the risk that entire classrooms will need to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 case. This order ensures Pennsylvania’s children are participating in classroom learning without the constant disruptions.

The Delta variant has been a driving force of the pandemic since the end of the previous school year. The variant is more contagious than the original strain of the virus, accounting for more than 92 percent of current COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania. Since July when schools first began discussing health and safety plans, Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 caseload has increased from less than 300 a day to more than 3,000 a day – with cases among school aged children increasing by more than 11,000 in the last month, and by more than 79,000 from January 2021 to August 2021.

Additionally, new cases of COVID-19 among children enrolled in licensed child care facilities have increased significantly in recent months, according to data reported to DHS by child care providers. For example, on June 4, child care providers reported eight cases of COVID-19 among children in the previous week. On August 27, the number of new COVID-19 cases among children in child care the previous week was 162.

The Wolf Administration continues to urge eligible Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated, as it is the best defense at stopping the spread of the virus. However, there is currently no vaccine approved for children under 12 years old. For eligible adolescents in Pennsylvania, 18.2 percent of children ages 12-14 are fully vaccinated and 38.3 percent of children ages 15-19 are fully vaccinated.

“After months apart, students and educators are eagerly returning to classrooms across Pennsylvania for the new school year,” said Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. “Unfortunately, we’ve already seen schools across the nation close because of COVID-19. Wearing masks is a proven strategy that will help Pennsylvania’s schools reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect their communities, and keep our students and educators where we know it’s vital for them to be – teaching, learning and growing together safely in their classrooms.”

“An early childhood education experience can shape a child’s educational, social and emotional development throughout their lives. Science has shown us that the first five years of life are critical to brain development, influencing the trajectory of an individual’s life for many years after,” DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead said. “A thriving child care industry is also foundational to the rest of our economy, and this industry and the dedicated educators who show up every day to help our children grow will be essential for our recovery from this pandemic. Simply put, without access to safe child care and early learning programs, many parents cannot work.”

Acting Secretary Beam signed the order under her authority provided by the Disease Prevention and Control Law.

The Order applies to everyone indoors at K-12 public schools including brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers (CTCs), and intermediate units (IUs). The order also applies to early learning programs and child care providers for children ages 2 and older, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The order outlines the situations when a mask must be worn and includes limited exceptions to the face-covering requirement. The order does not apply to school sports or outdoor activities.

Failure to implement or follow the Order may subject a person to penalties under the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955 and exposure to personal liability.

Last week, the governor sent a letter asking Republican legislative leaders to immediately collaborate with him to pass legislation requiring mask wearing in schools and at child care facilities. Because the Republican leaders declined to act, the acting secretary is taking action to help keep students in classrooms, which is the best place for them to learn.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL with CVC(The Crime Victims’ Center)

Come pick out FREE school supplies and a book bag!

When: Saturday, 8/14/2021  10am to 12 noon

Where: 135 W Market St, West Chester

RSVP Required. Call: 610-692-1926 or email: reception@cvcofcc.org

Event will be held in person. Masks required.

 

Building Resilience: How Families Can Prepare for the Uncertain School Year Ahead

FREE LIVE Webinar held by Anxiety and Depression Association of America, www.adaa.org

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm. Registration Required: https://members.adaa.org/events/register.aspx?id=1541979&itemid=a54e3dff-d64a-4204-97f9-7e98cca9b32a

The past year has posed hardships and caused losses that have affected everyone in different ways. Resilience is the ability to adapt when faced with such losses and challenges, bounce back, and move forward with optimism.  Everyone is resilient to some degree, but it’s possible to strengthen your children’s resilience “muscles” – and your own – by exercising them.  There are steps you can take.

The goal is to show how building resilience can ease the transition back to school this fall and help your children thrive despite the uncertainties and changes they will face. The panelists, a child and adolescent psychologist, a pediatrician and an adult psychiatrist, all board members of the nonprofit Resilience Across Borders, Inc., will discuss practical and evidence-based skills that parents can encourage in their kids as they move forward into a new school year.

Center for Autism Research – CHOP@CARautism

Limited spots are available for @PhillyGoatProj1 FREE supported special needs farm visit. Saturday August 7th from 10-12, Rain Date is Sunday August 8th from 10-12. The Farm at Awbury, 6336 Arleigh St, Phila. 19138
Please text or email us to reserve your spot.
director@phillygoatproject.org or 215-460-7725

EAGLES AUTISM CHALLENGE

Saturday, August 21, 2021, presented by Lincoln Financial Group! Register today to walk, run, or ride, while making a transformational impact in the autism community. To close out the weekend, participants will also receive a complimentary ticket to an open practice scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 22.

Please note that while the 2021 Eagles Autism Challenge is currently scheduled as an in-person event, it is subject to move to an all-virtual format or be rescheduled based on guidance regarding social gatherings and the health and safety of our community

Info: info@eaglesautismchallenge.org or Call 215-339-6790

Press Release: Wolf Administration Highlights Behavioral Health Disparities Among Minority Populations And Available Resources

https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/dhs_details.aspx?newsid=729

 

QPR is a nationally recognized suicide prevention training

People trained in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Researched and developed by Paul Quinnett, PhD, a clinical psychologist and
founder of the QPR Institute, (www.qprinstitute.com). The program was created for every-day citizens, and requires no clinical training or
education.

Upon completion of the two hour class, participants are certified as Gatekeepers. Gatekeepers help by following the
simple QPR steps and by providing hope. Would you like to become a Gatekeeper?
Class sizes are limited. Virtual Classes -participants must be on camera during the class. In-Person Classes – participants must be fully vaccinated to attend. The virtual class is July 28, and in-person classes are August 5 and 18.
Classes are held in Room 351 at the Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA.
Sign up for scheduled classes at this link.

 

PA Legislators have passed Bill 664 (SB664), which allows families to request to have their student repeat this school year due to academic loss related to COVID-19. All students are eligible in any school district across the state.

Any student who may be 21 ending this past school year, is also allowed to take advantage of this opportunity. Any student with an IEP/504 Plan has the right to repeat the year with the supports required under their current IEP/504 Plan. If you have any questions about this bill, please reach out to Lisa Kennedy, Family Peer Support Specialist, Lmkennedy1@yahoo.com

 

Volunteers Needed!  for Chester County’s Disaster Crisis Outreach & Referral Team (DCORT)

When any type of disaster or emergency event occurs, community members may feel upset, worried and traumatized. DCORT responds to the situation by providing direct emotional support to those affected, and to the general public if needed. This trained team of dedicated individuals provides psychological first aid/crisis counseling, which is not a treatment intervention, but emotional support and a compassionate presence.

Working in pairs, team members may be dispatched to the scene or a disaster recovery center to provide support, education and referrals. They may be asked to do “active outreach” by circulating and engaging community members under the direction of the DCORT coordinator.

+If you would like to find out more about this important community service, contact Chester County’s DCORT coordinator, Susie Fink at sfink@chesco.org.

 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program opens on May 12, 2021 and provides eligible households:

·    Up to $50/month discount for broadband service

·    A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.

**limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. A household is eligible if a member of the household:

·    Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline

·    Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year

·    Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year

·    Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020

·    Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program

·    If the household has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

There are three ways to apply for this program:

·    Contact your preferred participating broadband provider to learn about their application process

·    Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you

·    Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742


SERVICE MAPS

AUTISM ROADMAP:

www.carautismroadmap.org

This website contains almost 400 articles about Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan as well as a searchable Resource Directory with over 1000 listings, so you can find therapists, support groups, and other resources in the tristate area . Whether you are just starting out with a diagnosis or have been living with ASD for years, there’s something for you!

CHESTER COUNTY EARLY INTERVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MAP: 

Download the service map for more information about services provided to children in Chester County

CHESTER COUNTY ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MAP:

Download the service map for more information about mental services provided to adults in Chester County

CHESTER COUNTY INTELLECTUAL SERVICES MAP:

Download the service map for more information about services provided by Chester County MH/IDD


Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Training Opportunities

The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University has announced the next event that is part of their Life on the Spectrum: A Workshop Series Developed by and for Autistic People. The new workshop, Navigating Higher Education will be held Wednesday, July 28th from 7:00-8:00PM. The workshop will consist of a conversation about the ins and outs of higher education, from the perspectives of both an autistic young adult currently in college and a representative from the Drexel Autism Support Program. To Register: https://www.myodp.org/pluginfile.php/339338/mod_book/chapter/801/Life%20on%20the%20Spectrum_Higher%20Ed%20flyers.pdf

 

2021 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference

Navigating The Future: A Lifetime Trip
August 11 & 12, 2021

PaTTAN(PA Training and Technical Assistance Network, The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Bureau of Special Education has announced the virtual 2021 Pennsylvania Community of Practice Transition Conference.  The goals remain the same – to bring together a diverse community of stakeholders to share information, explore resources, and gain knowledge regarding successful practices in secondary transition.

The 2-day conference will be held on the virtual platform Chime. Participants will learn how to be proactive in planning their “lifetime trip” while “filling their suitcases” with valuable resources and strategies to help youth take ownership of their future.  Registration: https://www.pattan.net/Events/Conferences/Course-2892/Events/Session-35627

Or you may email the registration form to Paula Quinn, pquinn@pattanpgh.net

The registration deadline is July 30, 2021. Links for each session will be provided closer to the conference

The Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:

  • Virtual Next Steps for Families Workshop:

A Workshop for Parents/ Caregivers Supporting Young Children (toddlers through elementary school age) Newly Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Topics will include an overview of ASD, available therapies and treatments, how to decide what interventions to pursue, and tips for accessing community supports and resources.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021  10:30AM – 12:00PM

  • Virtual Next Steps into Adolescence:

A Workshop for those Supporting Children( parents, caregivers and professionals ) between the ages of 9 to 15, with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who are Approaching Adolescence.

As children approach and enter the teenage years, they must deal with physical growth spurts, mindboggling hormone releases and ever-changing and challenging social relationships. For pre-adolescent children with ASD, these already complicated physical and social changes are compounded by the typical ASD difficulties of reading social cues and understanding the behaviors of others. 

Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Virtual Next Steps for Families Workshop: Evidence- Based Interventions

A Workshop for Parents/ Caregivers Supporting Young Children (toddlers through elementary school age) Newly Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Topics will include an overview of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Speech and Language Therapy interventions and Occupational Therapy interventions.

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

These workshops are FREE, but you must register in advance, as space is limited.

A few days prior to the workshop, you will receive an email with a private link with instructions for joining as a virtual participant, along with a packet of materials for the workshop. Contact: Susannah Horner, LCSW, horners@email.chop.edu or Call
267-426-4910

 

FALL  2021 CHAT-N-CHEW SERIES COMING SOON!

We are holding nine FREE sessions virtually. They are open to everyone, whether you are the parent of a child, an individual with a disability or a professional who works with individuals with disabilities, or another interested partner.

Each session will be held every Wednesday 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.. Join us to learn about services and supports, transition programs and employment opportunities for individuals and families. Click HERE for more details and to register.


Ongoing Training Opportunities

CHADD ADHD TRAININGS AND SUPPORT:

Conferences; Magazine; Parent-to-parent online/on-demand classes; and  Support groups Info:www.chadd.org

 

ASCEND EVENTS:

 http://www.ascendgroup.org/

 

AUTISM: TACA WEBINARS:

 TACA will be holding webinars with featured physicians, researchers, attorneys, therapists and knowledgeable providers to help educate and empower families living with autism. The four topics will include: Educational; Resources; Medical & Diet; and The Autism Journey by Age. Call 855-726-7810 Info: http://www.tacanow.org/webinars

 

DPW ODP (Office of Developmental Programs):

For courses, webcasts and an introduction to Intellectual Disability Programs in PA such as PUNS, Consolidated Waivers, IFSP, etc…visit: http://www.myodp.org. There you will learn what the waivers are, different service models and what to do if you have a problem. Also featured are commonly needed forms; lists of resources, contacts, and advocacy organizations; as well as a glossary of terms

PaTTAN TRAININGS:

Working with the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. This professional development and technical assistance takes many forms in order to meet the varied needs of PaTTAN’s constituents. Week-long summer institutes, ongoing professional development series, webinars, on-site assistance, and individual student or teacher supports are some of the means by which PaTTAN provides support to schools. Info: http://www.pattan.net

PARENT WORKSHOPS, WEBINARS AND AUDIO CONFERENCES:

Parent Information Center (PIC):

Offers workshops on a wide range of topics to help parents and educators better understand special education and related programs and services. For a list of the scheduled workshops, webinars and conferences: www.picofdel.org.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS:

CCIU COURSEShttp://www.cciu.org  (click “Professional Learning”)

SECONDARY TRANSITION:

www.secondarytransition.org – This website provides youth, young adults, parents, and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress toward the attainment of post-secondary goals related to education, employment, and community living. It replaces the secondary transition folders and CDs that have gone out in the past.  Parents, please access this website for transition related information.


Committees & Task Forces

Advocacy and Governmental Affairs Committee

The Arc of Chester County has an active Advocacy and Governmental Affairs Committee
that reports to the Board of Directors. The Committee meets monthly on a Friday at
12:00PM during the months of August through May. The purpose of this committee is to
focus on legislative matters, systems issues, review current legislative and funding
information to determine how to best advocate for individuals with disabilities, their family
and how to support systems change. Members of the committee attend other association
or affiliate meetings such as PAR, MAX, The Arc of Pa and other related organizations to
stay current on state and federal policies and decisions that impact individuals with
disabilities and those who love and care for them. Interested individuals are welcome
to contact The Arc of Chester County to find out more information. 610-696-8090

Chester County ACES Coalition:

Holds quarterly community meetings that focus on Trauma & Resiliency. Monthly support groups to foster awareness and prevention of toxic stress as well as initiatives to build resiliency, hope and strength within the community.    Info: cmelrath@chesco.org

RIGHT TO EDUCATION TASK FORCE:

Focuses on providing education and resources for improving Special Education in Chester County. “Lunch and Learn” Meetings are held virtually, the second Tuesday of every month from 11am to 1pm(this does vary), at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. You do not have to live in Chester County to attend. Info: LaurenL@cciu.org

Self Determination (SD) Meeting:

The Self Determination Meeting takes place the first Wednesday of the month at 1PM. This
meeting is facilitated by Lauren House, the Deputy Administrator for Intellectual and
Autism Services in Chester County. All parents, self-advocates, professionals, and other
interested individuals are welcome to attend. For more information, please call The Arc of
Chester County at 610-696-8090 and ask for the Advocacy Department

Self Determination (SD) Sub Committee:

The Self Determination Sub Committee meeting is scheduled monthly on the
third Wednesday of the month at 4PM and is organized by the Arc of Chester County.
This SD Sub Committee focuses on issues related to Intellectual and Autism services and
supports in Chester County. The Committee also focuses on legislative activities
and committee members meet with legislators and other elected officials to educate them
on the issues of concern and to encourage introducing legislation which will further protect
and support equal rights and services for individuals with a disability and their family. All
self-advocates are welcome to join. For more information, please call The Arc of Chester
County at 610-696-8090 and ask for the Advocacy Department

 


Support Groups

Parents of children with ASD/ADHD of DelCo: 610-990-1908

Alzheimer’s Resources and Supports:

  • www.alz.org or call 1-800-272-3900
  • Alzheimer Foundation of America’s Telephone Support Group Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm Call 1-866-232-8484
  • Active Day of Exton meets 2nd & 4th Monday of every month 10:30-12noon Call 610-363-8044
  • Sunrise Assisted Living, Exton. Group meets on 1st Friday of every month 10:30 a.m. Call 610-594-0455
  • Sunrise Assisted Living, W Chester. For caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimers. Group meets 3rd Tuesday of every month. Call 610-399-4464
  • Kennet Area Senior Center. Group meets 1st Wednesday of every month 10am-12noon. Call 610-444-4819
  • Manatawny Manor, Pottstown. Group meets 2nd Wednesday of every month 10:30 a.m. Call 610-705-3700

Bereavement/Grief:

  • A Family Grief Center in Chester County: a Haven, located in Exton, Chester County, is dedicated creating a safe space for children and families to work through grief. Learn more about their services and family-centered approach at the website, ahaven.org.
  • Brandywine River Valley Home, Health & Hospice, Oxford held at Jennersville Hospital, 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month 6:30-8:00 p.m. AND at Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 6:30-8:00 p.m. Call 610-998-1700
  • Pottstown hospital, Chestmont Bldg. Grief support held 1st Thursday of every month 6:30p.m. Call 610-327-7000
  • Neighborhood Visiting Nurses Assoc. West Chester. N Hills Medical Bldg. For anyone living with loss. Groups are free and open to the community. Call 610-696-8312 x. 393
  • Compassionate Friends (bereaved parents): 610-933-2346

Cancer Support:

  • Paoli Hospital, Breast Cancer support meets 3rd Thursday of every month 5:30p.m. Call 484-565-1253
  • Paoli Memorial Hospital, Family Caregiver Support meets 3rd Wednesday of every  month 5;30p.m.
  • Pottstown Hospital, Support for Women meets 1st Monday of every month 7:00p.m. AND Support for Men meets 4th Wednesday of every month 7:00p.m. Call 610-327-7315
  • Phoenixville Hospital, Prostate Cancer Support Call 610-983-1800
  • West Chester County Hospital Call 610-431-5293
  • American Cancer Society (services including transportation for cancer patients): 800-227-2345

Cardiac Support Club:

West Chester County Hospital, meets 1st Thursday of every  month 1-2:00p.m. Call 610-220-0432

CHRON’S Support:

West Chester County Hospital ,for patients and families. Call 610-430-1698

COPD Better Breathers Group:

West Chester County Hospital, meets 1st Monday of every month 2:30p.m.  Call 610-430-1698

 

Community Crossroads Peer

825 Paoli Pike,
West Chester, PA 19380.
610-429-1702.
Support groups, recovery resources and employment counseling, etc.

 

DEAF and Hard of Hearing Support:

  • Beginners for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: http://www.ncbegin.org
    This group was established to provide emotional support and access to information as a central resource for families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21
  • Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side: www.paearlyhearing.org/gbys.php  800-360-7282 ext. 3908 or 717-541-4960 ext. 3908
    Parent organization dedicated to directly supporting families, infants & toddlers who are newly identified as having a hearing loss by offering them the opportunity to talk to or meet face-to face with a parent guide
  • Guide By Your Side: PA Early Hearing Detection and Intervention http://www.paearlyhearing.org/gbys.php
    800-360-7282, ext. 3908
    Links families with parent guides who are other parents of children with deafness or hearing loss who have received specialized training to provide unbiased information, emotional support, and a perspective of optimism and hope on a shared journey.

Diabetes Support:

  • Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, Call 610-383-8358
  • Phoenixville Hospital, Learning Center, 610-983-1022
  • West Chester County Hospital, meets 3rd Tuesday of every  month 7-8:30p.m. Call 610-738-2835

 

Domestic Violence Support:

  • Crime Victim’s Center: 610-692-7420
  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County: 1-888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430 or 610-431-3546
  • Rape Crisis: 610-692-7227
  • Women’s Resource Center: 610-687-6391
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline. Free. Confidential. 24/7. 1-800-656-HOPE

 

DOWN’S SYNDROME(Interest Group in ChesCo): 610-889-0291 or www.ccdsig.org 

Early Intervention Support Group: www.facebook.com/groups/e.i.familiesofcc/

EZ Breathers Pulmonary Rehabilitation Support: 

Phoenixville Hospital, meets 2nd Tuesday of every other month 2-3:00p.m. Call 610-983-1243

GRAND-FAMILIES IN CHESTER COUNTY:

Offers information, assistance and support for formal and informal kinship families. All services are FREE. Info: DWillettAdvocacy@gmail.com or Call 610-246-2261

 

HIV/AIDS Hotline: 800-458-5231

 

Jennersville Hospital Senior Circle: 610-869-1227

 

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: 717-238-1514

 

Parent Support Groups:

 

Parkinson’s Disease Support:

Phoenixville Hospital, meets 2nd Monday of every month 1-3:00p.m. Call 610-983-1288

 

STROKE Support:

Bryn Mawr Rehab, Malvern, For Traumatic Brain Injury. Meets 2nd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30p.m. Call 484-596-5430

Substance Use Support:

  • Alateen: 610-696-4216
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: 215-923-7900
  • Bilingual Support for parents (with children who use drugs/alcohol): 855-378-4373
  • Narcotics Anonymous: 215-629-6757

Chesco Life Program:

In partnerships with community organizations, we have many resources available to support your family’s emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Interactive virtual sessions are held every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. These sessions are FREE an everyone is welcome to attend. Come share, listen and learn about concerns, losses, coping and wellness strategies and hope but most of all feel supported and less isolated.  Virtual Parent Support Groups are also offered weekly during the day Website: www.accessservices.org

A FREE service for mental health and wellness  is now being provided by Access Services and the office of Mental Health to Chester County residents. This service operates after school and in the early evening hours, which are the peak hours for family and other conflicts.
A Teen Talk Line, targeting 12 to 18 year-olds,  are encouraged to reach out with a phone call or text message when they are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, isolated or confused. All calls are confidential and callers may be anonymous. Young people reporting poor mental health is increasing. Connecting with teens around concerns and stressors while they are still manageable can support skill building, resilience and an understanding of community resources.
Teens who call after hours will receive an automated message and will be directed to the Valley Creek Crisis Intervention Center in Exton for immediate support when needed. The call line is 855-852-TEEN (8336) and the text line is 484-362-9515
Community Crossroads Peer Support Center, West Chester
Support for those recovering from mental health problems and addiction. Meet every Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5:00p.m. Call 610-918-4907

RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

AGING Resources:

 

Chesco Dept. of Children, Youth & Families: 610-344-5800

Human Services Inc.

Diagnostic, Evaluation, Treatment and Mental Health Programs for adults with co-occurring disorders and youth with behavioral, mental and/or family issues

  • West Chester 610-429-3033
  • Thorndale 610-873-1010
  • Oxford 610-998-1807

Chesco Dept. of Human services: 610-344-6640

www.helpinpa.state.pa.us: PA Help and Human Services Portal

www.heretohelp.pa.gov: links to PA Resources

PA Dept. of Human Services Hotline: 800-692-7462 or www.dhs.state.pa.us

 

La Communidad Hispana(Spanish Community), Kennett Square 610-444-7550

 

Oxford Neighborhood Services Center, Oxford, 610-932-8557

 

Phoenxiville Area Community Services 610-933-1105

Disability Rights of PA: https://www.disabilityrightspa.org/

Helps people with disabilities in many areas such as abuse and neglect, access to community services, discrimination, ADA compliance issues, education, assistive technology, voting access, and access to Medical Assistance services. We help people with developmental disabilities, physical and sensory disabilities, brain injury, and people in mental health recovery.

Help can include information, referral to other organizations, advocacy and legal action. DRP also provides assistance on legal issues to attorneys and others and provides education and training on a variety of issues to consumers, families, advocates, and professionals

 

ODP is excited to present the latest edition of the Everyday Lives: Values in Action booklet! The Everyday Lives booklet provides information to help guide individuals, families, and providers through support systems, individual well-being, and establishing an everyday life. Communities are richer, more just, and stronger when we honor and respect the whole of racial diversity. Access to a quality, person-centered, culturally competent system of supports and funding must be equally available regardless of race. Services must include planning over a lifespan and address racial disparities, including outcomes. The duty to ensure that racial diversity is promoted and supported, at all levels within the services system, must be embraced. Core Values of Everyday Lives:

1. We value what is important to people with disabilities and their families, who are striving for an everyday life. An everyday life is about opportunities, relationships, rights, and responsibilities. It is about being a member of the community, having a valued role, making a contribution to society, and having one’s rights as a citizen fully respected. It is a vision that we should all be working toward together.

2. People with disabilities have a right to an everyday life; a life that is no different than that of all other citizens. This continues to be the truest statement on which we can build our work. Everyday Lives will be a guide to ODP as it develops policy and designs programs. Providers of services will use the recommendations of Everyday Lives to support individuals and their families to achieve an everyday life. Everyday Lives will guide everyone toward the possibility of an everyday life.

 

DOMESTIC RELATIONS:610-344-6215 and SUPPORT LINE: 800-692-1100 X 6900

 

RAINN, The Nation’s Largest Anti-Sexual Violence Organization. Find help and the resources you need. Call 800.656.4673

 

Drug & Alcohol Info & Referral: 866-286-3767

 

Special Kids Networkwww.gotoskn.state.pa.us Call: 1-800-986-4550
Offers home visiting program through Elks Nurses, advocacy and supports to children with physical, developmental, behavioral, emotional or special health care needs

 

Johnny’s Rainbow Foundation www.johnnysrainbowfoundation.org
Limit of $250 per year.  Provides support for: parent training classes, treatment, equipment, daily living items.  Applications are reviewed quarterly

 

National Runaway Line: 800-786-2929

 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support, in English and Spanish, to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A localized text option is also available via the Crisis Text Line, offering free 24/7 support by texting “PA” to 741741. For assistance in Spanish, contact the Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio at 1-888-628-9454.

National Suicide Prevention: 800-273-8255

Pennsylvania Link to Community Care: www.carelink.pa.gov
(local resources for seniors, disabilities and mental health)

 

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Taxpayer Service and Information Center: 888-222-9190 or 888-728-2937 (option 3)
www.revenue.state.pa.us

 

Red Cross for SE PA: 215-299-4889

 

 


AUTISM AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS RELATED RESOURCES

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:  Center for Autism Research

https://www.centerforautismresearch.org/

  • Autism Integrated Care Program: Evaluating, Diagnosing and Creating treatment plans for children with ASD. Call 215-590-7500

Devereaux:

  • PA Autism Assessment Center & Services: 610-431-8830

Provides assessments in the educational setting and multiple measures are used to provide a report including diagnostic conclusions and recommendations. Assessments completed by Masters level or doctoral clinicians trained to reliability standards and supervised by a licensed psychologist

  • Center for Autism Research(CARES): 610-873-4980

Co-ed day school for children with Autism, ages 5-21. Consultation utilizes Applied Behavioral Analysis strategies.

  • CARES Ascent School to Work Transition Program: 610-688-8597

Through PA Commty. Adult Autism Partnership Program, school districts help meet individual needs of transition age students ages 14-24 who do not benefit from a full day classroom. Emphasis is on independence, employment and positive behavior support planning.

  • Short term Autism Intensive Residential STAIRS Services:  610-431-8191 or 610-431-8126

Neurobehavioral unit provides intensive treatment for ages 6-21 who have not responded to traditional treatments. Also serves those with IDD. Both must demonstrate severe to moderate communication and adaptive behavior skill deficits as well a behaviors that are a danger to self and/or others. Trauma sensitive and informed Evidence based practices are used.

  • CIDDS Residential Treatment: 610-425-6309

24 hr, out of home program, ages 5-21,  designed to help individuals achieve social, emotional and educational goals in order to return to their communities.

  • CIDDS Learning Center: 610-425-6309

Co-ed day  programs  ages 5-21. Also designed for Autism and other mental health diagnoses

 

ABA2DAYApplied Behavioral Analysis and Autism Service Experts

Located in Media and Newtown Square. 844-924-0777   Website: myaba2day.com

 

ASERT: PAautism.org Info: info@Paautism.org Call 877-231-4244

 

AUTISTIC SELF ADVOCACY NETWORK. NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US. https://autisticadvocacy.org/

 

PAAL “Preparing Adolescents with Autism for Adult Life”

PAAL is a specialty secondary-educational program for adolescents with moderate to severe autism between the ages of 14 and 21, which establishes a professional collaboration between the educational system, families, and the community-at-large.  The primary goal of the PAAL program is to identify and teach the skills which must be mastered to prepare the student for his or her post-21 years.  Since “best practices’ indicate that individuals with autism learn better in the naturally-occurring environment, the program utilizes the community as its classroom.  By so doing, the fundamental principles of transition and integration into the community for adult life are supported. http://paalprogram.org/

 

PA YOUTH LEADERSHIP SELF-ADVOCACY

Partnering with ASERT Resource Center to offer varied resources to help create leadership and empowerment for youth with disabilities. Call 1-877-231-4244. Email questions to:info@paautism.org. Visit PAAutism.org Visit the PA Youth Leadership Network at www.PYLN.org

 

Autism Alliance of Chester County: autismallianceofchestercounty.org

 

Jaden’s Voice

Advocacy.  Sensitivity Training. FREE Community Connecting events. Articles, Tips and New news on ASD. https://jadensvoice.org/

 

AUTISM NANNY:

Sharing useful information and experiences. Suggestions and new resources welcome! www.autismnanny.com

 

Autism Society of America: autism-society.org

 

Center for Autism Research

Provides resources, services and articles for parents and families

http://www.centerforautismresearch.com

 

Autism National Committee

The first autism advocacy organization dedicated to “Social Justice for All Autistics” through a shared vision and a commitment

to positive approaches. https://www.autcom.org/

 

National Autism Association: www.nationalautismassociation.org

 

Global Autism Collaboration: www.autism.org

 

Autism SPEAKS: www.autismspeaks.org

 

Interactive Autism Network: www.iancommunity.org

 

Autism Support for Parents: www.ascendgroup.org/

AUTISM  – “Building the Basics through Learning Experiences” (A.B.B.L.E)

Classroom for two year olds run by The Arc of Chester County and taught by a Special Education Teacher, using a unique blend of, “TEACCH” Total, Communication, Positive Reinforcement, Child Centered Learning. Classes Run Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am – Thursday 12:30 pm in Downingtown. Info/registration:  Judy Glass at 610-696-8090.

 

Are you or someone you know interested in building self-advocacy skills, working on social development or personal growth? Individuals between the ages of 10 and 17 with an ASD diagnosis can join the Therapeutic Tabletop Role Playing Groups hosted through the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence to use the structure and rules of the game to meet new people and develop social, educational, coping and behavioral management skills. For more information, contact the Hazleton Autism Family Support Hub by calling 570-861-8311 or emailing autismhub@e-csc.org.

“AUTISM NOW” 

Autism NOW has a new mobile version available, allowing users to get to content faster on the go, and creating better accessibility overall. The second new feature is a local agencies directory in the form of a map which provides an easy to use way to find agencies in your state that can help with services, support and resources for living with autism and other developmental disabilities. Now also available: webinar sessions addressing popular topics from understanding laws and policy to handling relationships to navigating the job market; Center co-director Amy Goodman, an individual with autism, has filmed more than a dozen short You Tube videos as part of the Autism NOW Answer series, answering individual’s questions about issues such as understanding special needs trusts and the IEP process, among others. Check it out at www.autismNOW.org.

CAP4Kids: 

Reliable, up-to-date information about resources in the Philadelphia area for children and families. CAP4Kids will help you find many community agencies that exist to improve or enhance the lives of children, teens and families with special needs. http://cap4kids.org/philadelphia/

 

K-9s for Kids with Autism: http://k9sforkids.webs.com/

place a puppy in home to train you, the family, to train the puppy. The child in need is the one that cares for the puppy and the only one the puppy will be trained to find.

 

The Gray Center for Social Learning & Understanding:

Dedicated to individuals and those that work with them to improve mutual understanding and more effective communication. Info: www.thegraycenter.org

 

Teaching Tools:

EZ learning tools:www.eztools4autism.com

Therapeutic play and education: www.funandfunction.com

www.autisminspiration.com

www.tinsnips.org

www.teacch.com

For sexuality & hygiene: www.FHautism.com

 

AUTISM – SPARC – Southeastern PA Resource Center in partnership with WCU

SPARC is a nonprofit clinic that serves both individuals on the autism spectrum as well as children with a variety of behavioral concerns. Although we primarily work with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, we welcome all children, regardless of diagnosis, who are appropriate for our services. SPARC provides both center – and – community based diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services. Includes Diagnostic Services, Behavioral Therapeutic Services, Feeding Evaluations and Treatment, Social Skills, Consultative Services. Located on the WCU campus. Website: www.wcupa.edu/sparc.  Info: sparc@wcupa.edu, 610-430-5678.

STEPS

Autism and other neurological disorders-STEPS at Main Line Rehabilitation Associates – offers a unique GROUP program designed to improve skills and success in various social and community settings. Cognitive strategies are developed and reinforced through direct staff guidance/feedback and supported peer interaction/feedback. Goals are individualized with emphasis on organization strategies, effective communication skills, personal responsibility, community access/integration and adjustment to life transitions. Exton, PA. MWF 1-4:30. Call 610-280-0180. Email questions to:  info@mainline-rehab.com. Visit www.mainline-rehab.com

 

AUTISM – TACA WEBINARS  

TACA will be holding webinars with featured physicians, researchers, attorneys, therapists and knowledgeable providers to help educate and empower families living with autism. The four topics will include: Educational; Resources; Medical & Diet; and The Autism Journey by Age. Call 855-726-7810 Info: http://www.tacanow.org/webinars/

 

AUTISM SUPPORT GROUPS:

  • Autism Connection of PA: Provides education, advocacy and supports.  Info: help@autismofpa.org or Call: 412-781-4116
  • Excentia Autism Community:

Builds connections and supports for families with ASD and developmental needs, throughout the life span, in Lancaster County. Website: Excentiahumanservices.org Info: contact@excentiahumanservices.org or Call: 717-519-6740

  • GRASP Philadelphia: Ages 18 and up with Asperger Syndrome, ASD, PDD-NOS or HFA.

Provides opportunities to meet with others with similar disabilities and shared experiences in a friendly supportive environment. Meets monthly on the 2nd Saturday at Easttown Library Info Center, Berwyn. Info: grasp.philly@gmail.com or call 610-296-1881

  • Mothers of Children with Disabilities: Held every Monday. Sponsored by The Arc of Chester County and YWCA Mother’s Center. 610-696-8090

 

  • New Horizons Club:

Provides facilitated opportunities for adults with Asperger Syndrome to socialize and connect with their community while working towards independent living.  Website: newhorizonsclub.org  Contact: Offp@outlook.com.

Parents of New Horizons Club members gather for dinner monthly, every 4th Tuesday   to socialize, compare notes and share resources. Coincides with monthly planning meetings. Check Meetup.com/NewHorizonsclub or call: 610-246-1366

  • Parent to Parent of PA:

Provides a one to one match with experienced mentor parent with children of similar disabilities within their own community. Website:  www.parent to parent.org

  • Speaking For Ourselves: Learn to develop leadership skills, teamwork skills and increase self-sufficiency and independence. Contact: info@speaking.org

 

  • The A-Team Spring-Ford: Instructional programs. Located at Spring Valley YMCA. Follow on Facebook or Info: SpringFordATeam@gmail.com

 

 

 


BEHAVIOR RELATED RESOURCES

Child Guidance Resource Center: 610-383-5635 or 866-799-3325

Chesco Life Program:

Serves Chester County families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social needs, intellectual disabilities, and/or have involvement with the dependency or delinquency systems. As a team of both experienced parents and professionals, we work closely with families to offer invaluable support. In addition to working with local child serving systems and partnerships with community organizations, we have many resources available to support your family’s emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Self-help parenting and educational supports, and social and recreational opportunities are all easily accessible within our program. Visit: www.accessservices.org/chesco-life-program.

 

Community Care Behavioral Health:

Helps residents of PA, who are on Medical Assistance, find doctors, counselors, supports and services for mental health, behavioral health, addiction and developmental disabilities in order to facilitate recovery and wellness. Info: www.ccbh.com or Call  866-622-4228

 

Creative Health Services

Offers services for mental and behavioral health, eating disorders and family relationship issues via case management, outpatient services, student assistance programs, assessments, after school and summer programs, sibling support workshops, domestic violence prevention and intervention, and wraparound services  Call 610-326-6987

Human Services Inc.

Diagnostic, Evaluation, Treatment and Mental Health Programs for adults with co-occurring disorders and youth with behavioral, mental and/or family issues

  • West Chester 610-429-3033
  • Thorndale 610-873-1010
  • Oxford 610-998-1807

Devereaux: Intensive Behavioral Health Services: 610-688-1205

Designed for children in PA ages 2-21 with Medical Assistance providing in home supports with appropriate interventions by a master level clinician

BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS: ABA2DAY Behavior Services, LLC 

Offers home and in school programming. Under Act 62 – insurance is accepted. Private pay accepted. www.myaba2day.com, 844-924-0777.

Foundations Behavioral Health:

Offers wide range of behavioral and mental health supports and services to youth, adults and families. Individualized treatment interventions in a nurturing and therapeutic environment.

  • Inpatient Psychiatric Acute Care programs for ages 12-17.
  • Autism Inpatient Programs ages 5-21.
  • Residential Treatment Facility  for those that have not benefited from traditional outpatient services.
  • Intensive  Health Services within the community to promote self-sufficiency.
  • LIFE WORKS ACADEMY:

Education program for grades 3-12, focusing on a program that includes innovative behavioral health and academic services to children and adolescents identified with ASD, Aspergers, PDD, IDD and varied mental health diagnoses. Programs can include 24/7 clinical assessment, inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and behavioral health rehabilitation services.  Call 215-345-0444 or 1-800-445-4722. www.fbh.com

 

Holcomb Behavioral Health:

Provides counseling, consultation, education and referrals to those experiencing acute psychological or psychosocial problems; family; friends; colleagues; school staff; and agencies calling on behalf of a person. Provides resources for self-resolve through natural supports. Also provides walk-in services  and Mobile Crisis Outreach

  • 24/7 Crisis Line: 610-918-2100
  • Warm Line: 866-846-2722

Provides peer supports to prevent a crisis from developing. Open 7 days, M-F 2pm-8pm & Sat/Sun 12noon-6pm

  • TEEN TALK Warm Line: 855-852-TEEN…TEXT also available: 484-362-9515. Ages 12-18. M-F 3pm-7pm
  • Crisis Residential Program: 610-594-1665
  • Valley Creek Crisis Center: 610-280-3270

 

WRAPAROUND RESOURCE GUIDE

Click here for a guide on “Understanding Wrap Around”

 

 

 

 

 

 


EDUCATION RELATED RESOURCES

Education Law Centerwww.elc-pa.org
Since 1975, the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania (ELC) has worked to make good public
education a reality for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable children – poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, English language learners, children in foster homes and institutions, and others

Truancy Fact Sheet:https://www.elc-pa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Truancy-Fact-Sheet-Compulsory-School-Age-Updated-August-2019-final.pdf

PA Compulsory School Attendance Laws FAQ: https://www.education.pa.gov/Policy-Funding/BECS/Purdons/Pages/CompulsorySchoolAttendance.aspx

 

Special Education in PA Consult Line(A service of the OFFICE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION) 1-800-879-2301 (Voice/TTY/TDD)

Help for families and advocates of children with special needs about:
Special Education Regulations
School Related Concerns
Procedural Safeguards

 

The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) offers special education mediation to parents and
LEAs who need assistance in resolving a disagreement about a student’s educational program. Info: https://odr-pa.org/wp-content/uploads/Attorney-Participation-Mediation-FAQ.pdf

 

National Association for the Education of Young Children: http://www.naeyc.org/

 

Early Learning Resource Center(Child Care): 866-262-8565

 

ARTS:

  • Barnstone Art for Kids: www.barnstoneartforkids.org or call 610-917-0140
  • Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center, West Chester, PA(adult and youth educational programs)
    (610) 692-9290 http://www.meltoncenter.org/
  • Music and Art ABC, West Chester, PA 610-696-1812 x 414
    Children can attend music classes art classes and combination art/music classes in a warm and supportive environment. Each class is taught by a qualified teacher with a degree in their specialty. Class sizes are kept small so that each child receives individualized attention
  • Tempo Music Therapy Services:
    Classes in King of Prussia, Media, and West Chester. Individual and groups for all ages as well as inclusive family music (Music Together) classes. Info: 610-344-7030, www.tempotherapy.com. Email: musictogether@tempotherapy.com
DRIVERS TRAINING/EDUCATION

Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). Anyone who is a student under the age of 18 or still attending a high school, that has a contract with the CCIU, can attend. www.cciu.org/drivered. Call: 484-237-5189. Email: driverseducation@cciu.org

PAY-ON-LINE  GAMES:
Luminosity Brain Games: http://www.lumosity.com
HOMEWORK
  • BRIDGE ACADEMY & COMMUNITY CENTER

Ages 4 – 18 or 18 and up. 570 Olive Street, Coatesville. Homework club, arts & crafts, dance, sewing, carpentry, computer classes.

Info/registration: 610-466-9505, email: info@thebridgeacademy.org. Website:www.thebridgeacademy.org

  • THE GARAGE COMMUNITY & YOUTH CENTER

Serves Middle and High School Students in Kennett Square and West Grove. The Garage is a place to come after school to get help with your homework, use a computer, play a game of pool,  or make friends! Participate in activities hosted by the groups that meet.  It’s free, it’s fun, it’s for real. There’s probably something at The Garage that will interest you. Come check us out! See the website for hours, schedules and events. Visit  www.garageyouthcenter.org. Call 610-444-6464. Email questions to info@garageyouthcenter.org

IEP GOAL BANK

http://www.bridges4kids.org/IEP/iep.goal.bank.pdf

Learning Resources:

MENTORING–CHESTER COUNTY FUTURES

Ages 14 – 18. School/community-based mentoring program. For general Info email: info@ccfutures.org Call 610-458-9926. Website: www.ccfutures.org. For mentor inquiries email: mentorservices@ccfutures.org. For scholarship information email:
scholarships@ccfutures.org

 

PEAK PRESCHOOL PROGRAM FREE in Pottstown & OJR school districts for THREE and FOUR-YEAR-OLDs by 9/1 of the current school year, and live in families at 300% or less of the federal poverty levels. Call 610-970-6655

READING:

  • Chester County Library: 610-280-2600
  • COATESVILLE AREA LIBRARY

Ages birth – 12. Reading programs, story-time, play groups, family groups, special events. Browse, checkout, and download digital media from the Chester County Library System, www.ccls.org  Info: 610-384-4115. The library is located at 501 E. Lincoln Hwy.  Coatesville, PA.

  • PHOENIXVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Reading programs, story-time, play groups, family groups, special events. Browse, checkout, and download digital media from the Chester County Library System website.  Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or call 610-933-3013 x132.  The library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

 

West Chester University Dept. of Speech, seasonal, free classes. Info: jjjohnson@wcupa.edu

Varsity Tutors: www.varsitytutors.com

 

Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia: https://hflphilly.org/

Helps those living in the Philadelphia area with a temporary financial need by offering no interest, no fee loans. While most of our loans are only for members of the Philadelphia Jewish community, some are offered to both Jews and non-Jews. Credit-worthy co-signers are required for all loans. We lend for everything from post-secondary education to fertility treatments to day care and pre-school to medical and dental expenses to starting a new business, and much more.

 

Practical Nursing Program

*Post-secondary program that prepares students to pass
the NCLEX-PN: National Council Licensure Examination
for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses

443 Boot Road
Downingtown, PA, 19335
484-593-5950
www.chestercountynursing.org

SUBSTANCE ABUSE: coordinated by Holcomb.

Call 484-444-0412 Website: Chimes.org

  • BABES (Beginning Awareness Basic Ed Studies): 

A 7-lesson program on ATOD (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) for K-2 grade students uses interactive dialogue among hand-puppets. BABES is implemented in elementary schools and after-school/community programs via trained presenters

  • KEEP A CLEAR MIND: 

A nationally recognized 5-lesson program given weekly to middle school students teaching insight, understanding, and actual skills for resisting substance use

  • SAY IT STRAIGHT:

6-10 week Educational sessions given to youth and parents.  This program empowers communication  and provides understanding and skills to decrease risky behaviors and strengthen resilience

 


EMERGENCY RELATED SERVICES

Emergency Chat (Google / Apple / Microsoft) is a smartphone app that can be used in any situation where speech is impossible, but communication is still necessary.

An individual can pull out their phone, open the app, and give their phone with their personalized message to the person they want to communicate with for help.  That person can then read the message to understand the individual’s needs in the current situation and continue to use the chat to ask further questions until the individual is able to regain speech.

The default text is aimed at people experiencing an autistic meltdown, where their speech centers can stay non-functional for a while, even after they’ve recovered. The app can also be customized to meet individual needs when speech is not possible for the individual using the app. Some additional examples include custom screens for individuals who experience seizures, sensory overload, asthma, or any other condition that may result in a temporary loss of speech.

Chester County Dept. of EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Promotes and assists in providing safety and security to ensure a healthy and safe community Call 610-344-5000 Website: chesco.org 

 

Regional Public Health Institute provides public health resources to individuals, families and communities, through outreach, health promotion, education, research, and planning Website: phmc.org

 

Premise Alert System

This program allows families to voluntarily notify the police and other first responders about  special circumstances: child or adult with autism, developmental delays or a rare or complex medical issue or an Alzheimer patient who wanders, etc… www.papremisealert.com

 

Special Needs Registry

This signifies an effort by county government officials to better identify those in our community who are most at risk during a disaster. This is a web based data collection tool that will assist those emergency responders in planning and prioritizing in the event of a disaster. Call 610-344-5000 or logon to: http://www.chesco.org/des to register

PA’s YELLOW DOT PROGRAM

This is a new program to assist citizens following a traffic crash when they may not be able to communicate themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital health information to ensure that you receive the critical attention you need. For more information and to request a kit go to www.YellowDot.pa.gov.

 

 


EMPLOYMENT RELATED RESOURCES

EMPLOYMENT

FREE JOB ASSISTANCE OPENINGS AND WORKSHOPS

Unemployed and underemployed persons seeking education and training in career planning, along with employment assistance for veterans, ex-offenders and persons with disabilities, can take advantage of a series of monthly workshops offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor CareerLink at its Chester County office in Exton. These trainings provide a wide range of information, including a PA CareerLink services orientation, and various basic and advanced job seeking skills and information.

A full calendar of PA CareerLink-Chester County workshops is available at www.pacareerlinkchesco.org. Persons interested in seminars may register at (610) 280-1010.

A several-page monthly consolidated list of area job openings and statistical information on the local labor market are available at www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=159. Daily position openings updates are available through www.cwds.state.pa.us

 

JOB ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Caseworkers review individuals’ specific situations and provide guidance to resources to help find a job, obtain training, retain health insurance, obtain assistive technology, or find other support that may be needed, without losing benefits. Information is available at www.worksforme-pa.org. Provided by the PA Dept. of Public Welfare (DPW)

JOB LOCATOR SERVICES:

PA Career Link for Chester County job seekers. Website: www.pacareerlinkchesco.org. Phone PA CareerLink-Chester County 610 280-1010.

Adult and Recreation Service: A Program of Valley Forge Educational Services

Adult Services offers a range of services from employment to social activities. For ongoing employment supports, we offer Customized Workforce Solutions (CWS), which provides Community Based Work Assessments, Job Finding, and Job Coaching services.

The Vocational Immersion Program (VIP) equips young adults with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and related social challenges, 18–24 years of age, with key social and employment-readiness skills through a four-week intensive program that includes classroom-based instruction, online learning, workplace internships with job coaches and a week-long supported living experience. Call 610-296-6725

 

A Partnership for Youth Employment

Oaklands Corporate Center
497 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 350
Exton, PA 19341
610-280-1060
http://www.pacareerlinkchesco.org/job-seekers/youth/
*Serves out of school youth ages 16-21

Community Crossroads Peer

825 Paoli Pike,
West Chester, PA 19380.
610-429-1702.
Support groups, recovery resources and employment counseling, etc.

 

Life Transforming Ministries

643 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA, 19320
610-384-5393
http://www.quietrevolution.org/
*Provides an employment skills training program

 

Wings for Success

490 Lancaster Avenue
P.O. Box 1184
Frazer, PA 19355
610-644-6323
http://www.wingsforsuccess.org
*Provides women work-appropriate clothing for job interviews and employment

 

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

1875 New Hope Street
Norristown, PA, 19401-3141
800-221-1042 (toll free)
484-250-4357 (TTY)
*Provides vocational rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC)

22 North 5th Avenue
Coatesville, PA, 19320
610-692-2344
https://ccoic.org/
*Provides job readiness, GED, Computer, nursing assistant, and child care worker training programs

 

The Employment, Advancement and Retention
Network (EARN) Center(for DPW)

479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500
Exton, PA, 19341
610-280-1046

 

 

 


FAITH BASED RELATED SERVICES

WORSHIP SERVICE  MH CONSUMERS ATTEND TRADITIONAL SERVICES

Residents of long-term structured residence (LSTR) in the northern part of Chester County are welcomed for worship, food, and fellowship by the congregation of Marsh Creek Church in Exton, 101 Crump Rd. Exton, PA 19341. Phone: 610 594-9277

WORSHIP – REJOICING SPIRITS WORSHIP SERVICE

Innovative inclusive ministry that reaches out to enrich the spiritual lives of persons with developmental disabilities, together with their families, friends and other supportive community members. The ministry is designed to acquaint and educate congregations about individuals with developmental disabilities, resulting in an accepting atmosphere. Services typically include lots of music and joyous singing, along with brief, meaningful messages conducted in a shush-free environment. Special Sunday worship services at various locations. Lots of music, refreshments, and fellowship follow the service. Info: 610-363-6264, Email questions: info@rejoicingspirits.org. Website: www.rejoicingspirits.org. All faiths are welcome!

  • Exton– St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 104 South Village Avenue, (610) 363-6264, 4:00 p.m., on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Media– Reformation Evangelical Lutheran, Church, 102 West Rose Tree Road, (610) 891-0600, 4:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Pottstown– St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 East High Street, (610) 326-2810, 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
  • Gilbertsville– New Hanover Lutheran, Church, 2941 Lutheran Road, (610) 326-1335, 3:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.
  • West Chester– Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 South New Street, (610) 696-2475, 4:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.

For Seniors:

Older Adult Ministries: 610-363-8857


FOOD PANTRIES AND MEALS

Food Providers in Chester County

COUNTYWIDE
Chester County Food Bank: 610-873-6000

AVONDALE:
St. Rocco Center: 610-268-3365

BERWYN/DEVON:

  • Great Valley Food Cupboard: 610-688-5445
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church: 610-644-0932

COATESVILLE:

  • Better Tomorrows: 484-378-7140
  • Coatesville Community Food Co-Op: 610-384-1344
  • Coatesville Salvation Army: 610-384-2954
  • CYWA: 610-384-9591
  • Kingsway Independent Church: 610-246-5749
  • Pantry of Plenty at Sandy Hill Community Church: 610-857-3959
  • Second Baptist Church: 610-384-8959
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church: 610-384-7445

DOWNINGTOWN/EXTON/LIONVILLE:
Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown: 610-873-1149

FRAZER:
People’s Pantry at Church Road: 610-296-8475

GLENMOORE/HONEY BROOK:

  • Glenmoore Salvation Army Food Pantry: 610-383-0868
  • Blessing House: 610-273-0303
  • Honey Brook Food Pantry: 610-273-6102

KENNETT SQUARE:

  • Kennett Area Community Services: 610-925-3556
  • Kennett Area Senior Center: 610-444-4819
  • Pathstone: 610-925-5600

OXFORD:

  • Divine Sent Food Cupboard: 443-553-5587
  • Oxford Neighborhood Services Center: 610-869-2810

PAOLI:

  • Good Samaritan Food Closet: 610-551-5767
  • Paoli Presbyterian Church: 610-644-8250

PARKESBURG:
Octorara Area Food Cupboard: 610-857-4000

PHOENIXVILLE:

  • Alianza’s Latino Outreach: 610-933-9200
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services: 610-933-1105
  • Phoenixville Senior Center: 610-935-1515
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry: 610-933-2195

POTTSTOWN:
Coventry Food Pantry: 610-326-5659

SPRING CITY:
Spring City Food Pantry: 484-431-3493

WEST CHESTER:

  • Act in Faith of Greater West Chester: 484-324-8492
  • Baptist Church of West Chester: 610-696-7466
  • Church of the Holy Trinity: 484-324-8492
  • West Chester Food Cupboard: 610-344-3175
  • West Chester Salvation Army: 610-696-8746

WEST GROVE:

  • Bridge Food Pantry at Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene: 610-869-9500
  • MANNA Ministries at New London Baptist Church: 610-345-0471

Hot Meal Programs

COUNTYWIDE:

Meals on Wheels of Chester County: 610-430-8500

COATESVILLE:

  • City Gate Mission: 610-383-6915
  • Coatesville Area Senior Center: 610-383-6900
  • Coatesville Soup Kitchen: 610-384-3420
  • Jubilee Evangelist Church: 610-384-1821
  • Olivet United Methodist Church: 610-384-5828

DEVON:
Surrey Services for Seniors: 610-647-6404

DOWNINGTOWN:
Downingtown Senior Center: 610-269-3939

HONEY BROOK:
Honey Brook Shepherd’s Kitchen: 610-273-2848

KENNETT SQUARE:
His Mission: 610-444-2559

OXFORD:
Oxford Area Senior Center: 610-932-5244

PHOENIXVILLE:

Your Soup Kitchen at Seventh Day Adventist Church: 610-342-7015

WEST CHESTER:

  • Angelfood Ministries: Cornerstone Christian Fellowship:610-430-3508
  • Safe Harbor: 610-696-9016
  • St. Agnes Day Room: 610-429-0697
  • West Chester Area Senior Center: 610-431-4242

HEALTH RELATED RESOURCES

ChesCo Health Dept.: 610-344-6640

PA Health Department: 877-724-3258 or www.dsf.health.state.pa.us

 

Coatesville VA Medical Center: 610-384-7711

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs: 800-827-1000 or www.va.gov

PA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RESOURCE GUIDE: 

www.state.pa.us, keyword: “resource guide.”

 

Care Grant program: usvariety.org/care

Philadelphia Variety Chapter: http://varietyphila.org/ or Call: 215-735-0803
Provides assistance with: dental care, auditory hearing tests and aids,
oxygen/suction/insulin pumps, nebulizers, ventilators, vision care & equipment, telemedicine systems, sensory equipment, orthotics or prosthetics, electrical stimulation devices, seizure alarms, and much more. Call Phila. chapter directly.

 

Community Care Behavioral Health:

Helps residents of PA, who are on Medical Assistance, find doctors, counselors, supports and services for mental health, behavioral health, addiction and developmental disabilities in order to facilitate recovery and wellness. Info: www.ccbh.com or Call  866-622-4228

 

Creative Health Services

Offers services for mental and behavioral health, eating disorders and family relationship issues via case management, outpatient services, student assistance programs, assessments, after school and summer programs, sibling support workshops, domestic violence prevention and intervention, and wraparound services  Call 610-326-6987

 

Individuals seeking substance use treatment or recovery resources for themselves or a loved one can call the toll-free PA Get Help Now helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

This helpline is confidential, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by trained professionals with interpretation services available in more than 200 languages. Callers can also be connected with funding if they need help paying for treatment.

live chat option is also available online or via text message at 717-216-0905 for those seeking help who may not be comfortable speaking to a helpline operator.

 

Drug & Alcohol Treatment and Services: 

ChesCo Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Services: 610-344-5630 or 610-344-6620

Bilingual Parent Helpline (for parents whose children abuse drugs or alcohol): 855-378-4373

COUNTYWIDE: 

CHANGES (Adolescent treatment program operated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit): 484-905-5144, ext. 203
Drug and Alcohol Information and Referral Line (24 hours/7 days): 866-286-3767

COATESVILLE:

  • Advanced Treatment Systems (Methadone Treatment):610-466-9250
  • Coatesville VA Medical Center (veterans only):610-384-7711, ext. 6205
  • Gaudenzia Coatesville: 610-383-9600
  • Samara House (CYWA): 610-384-9591

EXTON:
Mirmont Outpatient Center: 484-565-1130

KENNETT SQUARE:
Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems: 610-388-9225

MALVERN:
Malvern Institute: 610-647-0330

PHOENIXVILLE:
Creative Health Services: 610-933-1223

TOUGHKENAMON:
Bowling Green: 610-268-3588

WEST CHESTER:
Gaudenzia:

  • Outpatient.: 610-429-1414
  • Kindred House (women with children): 610-399-6571
  • Gaudenzia House West Chester: 610-399-6929

 

ASTHMA MANAGEMENT PROGRAM:

Asthma Resources: www.lungusa.org

HEALTHY HOOPS – Using Sports to Promote Health Management and Education

 Asthma screenings, parent education, family fit program, environmental home check-up, etc. For a video explanation of the program: http://www.healthyhoopsprogram.com/solution/video.asp. Call: 888-674-8780.

 

Brain Injury Resources: www.BIAPA.org or Call 1-800-444-6443

 

Cerebral Palsy Resources: www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/aboutus/

 

Chronic Fatigue Resources: www.cfidsselfhelp.org

 

Cuddle My Kids: Provides volunteers to families battling cancer Call 610-918-1440

EASTER SEALS

Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals. http://www.easterseals.com

 

EYEGLASSES : Program provides prescription eyeglasses for low-income individuals. http://www.new-eyes.org, phone: 973-376-4903 Email questions to info@new-eyes.org

FEEDING – SPARC- Southeastern PA Resource Center in partnership with WCU

Diagnostics, consultations, Evaluations; Early Education and Young adult programs; social skills training; and Feeding Evalualtions and  treatment in clinic, home, and community/school. At: 1160 McDermott Dr., West Chester. Info: 610-430-5678, sparc@wcupa.edu

 

Fibromyalgia Resources: www.arthritis.org

FREE CLINIC in Phoenixville – providing medical care to those without insurance

Located: 143 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460 http://www.theclinicpa.org. 610-935-1134

FREE & LOW COST HEALTH INSURANCE for children and families

Now almost all children in PA can get some kind of health insurance! Call PCCY (Public Citizens for Children and Youth): 215-563-5848 ext. 17, www.pccy.org.

HEARING HELP for LOW-INCOME FAMILIES:

  • The Starkey Hearing Foundation’s “HEAR NOW” program provides top-of-the-line digital hearing aids that are customized to their hearing loss. For information, call 800-328-8602 or email hearnow@starkeyfoundation.org.
  • National Association of the Deaf: http://www.nad.org
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: http://www.agbell.org
  • American Academy of Audiology: www.audiology.org
  • PA Academy of Audiology: www.paaudiology.org
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Information Clearinghouse: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery: http://www.entnet.org
    Provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck
  • American Society for Deaf Children: http://www.deafchildren.org
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: http://www.asha.org
  • Boys Town National Research Hospital (Center for Hearing Loss in Children): http://www.boystownhospital.org.  Clinical and research programs focusing on childhood deafness, visual impairment and related communication disorders
  • My Baby’s Hearing: http://www.babyhearing.org
    Tests performed in infants before leaving the hospital to determine hearing problems. This site provides additional information newborn hearing screening tests as well as follow-up testing.
  • Deafness Research Foundation: http://www.drf.org
  • Hearing Loss Association of American: http://www.hearingloss.org
  • Listen-Up: http://www.listen-up.org
  • Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center http://www.hsdc.org
    Provides audiology and hearing aids, speech language therapy, and preschool education and literacy for the deaf and hard of hearing and provides comprehensive hearing evaluations and hearing aid fitting, dispensing, service and repair. The Center is committed to
    supporting the latest hearing aid technologies, from most major manufacturers, tailored to meet our clients’ individual needs
  • Oral Deaf Education: http://www.oraldeafed.org
    A collaborative, family-centered educational approach that develops a child’s speech and listening abilities along with confidence and life skills to meet the challenges

 

  • Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech http://www.clarkeschools.org  Provides children who are deaf and hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Comprehensive listening and spoken language programs prepare students for success in mainstream schools. Locations are in Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia. Services include early intervention, preschool, parent services, cochlear implant habilitation for children and adults, audiological services, and mainstream services including itinerant teaching and consulting. Specially trained staff includes LSLS Cert. AVEd and LSL Cert.AVT professionals, teachers of the deaf, special educators, speech language pathologists and a staff audiologist.

 

Huntington’s Disease Resources: www.hdsainfo@hdsa.org

 

Laryngectomee Resources: www.webwhispers.org

 

Lupus Resources: www.lupus.org

 

Lyme Disease Resources: www.lymenet.org

 

Multiple Sclerosis Resources: www.nationalmssociety.org/pae

 

Ostomy: www.ostomy.org

 

Reflux Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Resources: www.gerdhelp.com

 

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania (UCP)

https://www.ucpcentralpa.org/services/assistive-technology/ (includes PA UCP Lending Library)

UCP’s Assistive Technology (AT) service offers a full range of devices, equipment, training, and supports that equip people to live with a greater degree of independence at home, at work, at school, and at play. Our AT services not only make everyday living easier for the user; they make otherwise impossible tasks possible.

 

Children with Special Health Needs:  Special kids Network Helpline: 800-986-4550

 

FOR SENIORS: 

  • ACS Home Care:610-427-9900
  • APPRISE: 610-344-5004
  • Caring Neighbors: 610-431-3953
  • Comfort Keepers: 610-358-1640
  • Heron Companions: 610-259-9701
  • Home Helpers: 610-458-7550
  • Home Instead Senior Care: 610-615-8287
  • Innovative Living: 610-717-8662
  • Liberty In-Home Care: 610-254-9440
  • Maxim Healthcare Services: 610-363-6044
  • Neighborhood Visiting Nurse Association: 610-696-6511
  • Personal Health Care, Inc.: 610-933-6130
  • Southeastern Health Services of PA: 610-269-9876
  • Surrey Services for Seniors (Main Line Area): 610-647-9840
  • Surrey Services at the Hickman (Greater West Chester Area): 610-344-4870
  • Synergy Homecare of Chester County: 484-341-8720
  • VNA Home Community Care Services: 610-384-4200
REFER WEB

Website maintained by Chester County to aid in identifying health and human service providers for county residents. www.referweb.net/chesco.


HOUSING RELATED RESOURCES

CHESTER COUNTY HOMELESS HELPLINE:

24- Hour Help Line, Assessment, Resources, Referrals, Decade to Doorways Call 2-1-1 for Assistance

A comprehensive source of local resources and services to residents of Chester County, related to Health, Housing and Utilities, Food Programs and Crisis/Emergency Plans,  provided by United Way, Goodwill, Community Action and Crisis Centers.

 

Connect Points:

Provides resources for those in pending homelessness. 610-344-6225

HOUSING:

Homeless Shelters:

Coatesville:

  • City Gate, Men only, 610-383-6915
  • WC Atkinson Shelter, Men only, 610-380-6195(after 5p.m.)
  • CYWA, Women & families, 610-384-9592

Phoenixville:

  • St Mary Shelter, Women & families, 610-933-3097
  • Good Samaritan, Men only, 610-933-9305
  • Code Blue Overnite Emergency Warm Center(open mid November to mid April) Sacred Heart Church Hall, 484-393-2407

Pottstown:

Ministries at Main Street, Nov. thru April, 610-970-2444

Southern Chester County:

Family Promise of Southern Chester County, families with dependent children in Oxford, Avon Grove, Kennett Consolidated and Unionville Chadds-Ford School Districts, 610-444-0400

West Chester:

  • Friends Association, Families & children, 610-431-3598
  • Safe Harbor, Men & Women, 610-692-6550

 

AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING

  • Community, Youth and Women’s Alliance (in Coatesville area): 610-384-9591
  • Shared Housing (matches homeowners willing to share their homes with home seekers): 610-647-4940
  • Housing Authority of the County of Chester (Section 8 rentals and public housing): 610-436-9200
  • Housing Development Corporation (apartments in West Chester, Parkesburg and Coatesville): 717-291-1911 PA
  • Housing Search (database of low-cost housing): 877-428-8844 or www.pahousingsearch.com
  • Phoenixville Homes (for seniors and people with disabilities): 610-948-1797

 

HOUSING COUNSELING

  • Alliance for Better Housing (in southern Chester County): 610-925-1880
  • Good Samaritan Services (Homeless case management for single mothers): 610-380-1360, ext. 104
  • Freedom Valley Disability Enablement Center (for people with disabilities): 610-353-6640
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County: 610-518-1522
  • Home of the Sparrow (homeless case management for single women over 18 and mothers with children):
    610-647-4940
  • Handi-Crafters’ Housing Case Management for Persons with Disabilities: 610-384-6990, ext. 213

 

RENTAL AND/OR RAPID RE-HOUSING ASSISTANCE

  • Human Services, Inc. – Rental Assistance Program (serving all of Chester County): 610-429-3033, ext. 189*
  • Housing Authority of Chester County (serving all of Chester County: 610-436-9200*
  • Friends Association (rental assistance and case management for homeless families with children): 610-431-3598
  • Good Samaritan Services (serving Families): 610-380-1360
  • North Star of Chester County (serving Single Parents): 610-696-5675
  • Kennett Area Community Service (serving Kennett Square area): 610-925-3556*
  • Oxford Area Neighborhood Services (serving Oxford area): 610-932-8557
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services (serving Phoenixville area): 610-933-1105
  • Open Hearth, Inc. (serving Pottstown, Spring City, Phoenixville areas): 610-792-9282
  • Orion Communities (serving Phoenixville area): 610-415-1140
  • Salvation Army, West Chester (serving West Chester area): 610-696-8746
  • Salvation Army Service Extension (serving any uncovered areas in Chester County): 610-383-0868
  • ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester (serving West Chester area): 484-324-8492 or contact@actinfaithgwc.org
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society (Downingtown, Eagle, Elverson, Guthriesville, Honey Brook, Lionville): 610-470-9090
  • PA Home of the Sparrow (rent assistance for single women and mothers with children): 610-647-4940

 

Emergency Housing Assistance for homeless people who are engaging in MH treatment through Open Hearth, Inc, and Gateway Housing Group. 

Short-term emergency rent payment assistance for hotels, motels, boarding houses, or transitional housing programs, and zero interest/zero payment security deposit loans. Call 610-792-9282 Email questions to info@openhearthinc.org.

 

FORECLOSURE/EVICTION ASSISTANCE

  • CLARIFI (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley): 215-563-5665 or 800-989-2227
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County: 610-518-1522
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (9:00 am – 1:00 pm, M-F): 877-429-5994
  • PA Housing Finance Agency: 800-822-1174 or www.phfa.org
  • Home of the Sparrow (assistance to prevent eviction for single women or mothers with leases in their names): 610-647-4940
FORECLOSURE CONSULTATIONS – CLARIFI for lifelong financial literacy Call 800-989-2227 or visit www.clarifi.org.

 

Rent and Mortgage Assistance: Catholic Social Services:

  • Western Chester County Area 610-344-7028
  • Southern Chester County Area 610-344-7028610-869-6500

 

HOMEBUYING ASSISTANCE

  • www.makinghomeaffordable.gov (information about mortgage assistance programs)
  • Alliance for Better Housing (in southern Chester County): 610-925-1880*
  • Habitat for Humanity: 610-384-7993
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County: 610-518-1522
  • Open Hearth (all of Chester County): 610-792-9282
  • Phoenixville Homes (in Phoenixville area): 610-948-1797ww

 

HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS

  • Good Works (Serving Coatesville, Phoenixville, and West Chester): 610-383-6311 Faith-based, nonprofit organization assisting low-income homeowners with home repairs at no cost. Focus is making homes warmer, safer, and drier. Most repairs completed by volunteers. Must own your home, live in the home and have property taxes paid. Call 610-383-6311. www.goodworksinc.org.
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County (Serves all of Chester County): 610-518-1522
  • Good Neighbors Home Repair (Serves Southern Chester County area): 610-444-1860
  • Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, Inc. (Serves all of Chester County): 610-384-7993

 

WEATHERIZATION SERVICES – COUNTYWIDE

  • Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (Provides weatherization services for all of Chester County):
    610-891-5101 or www.caadc.org
  • PA Energy Conservation and Weatherization Program: 610-521-8770

IDD RELATED RESOURCES

ChesC0 Dept. of MH/IDD: 800-692-1100 x 6265

Devereaux:

  • Short term Autism Intensive Residential STAIRS Services :  610-431-8191 or 610-431-8126
  • Neurobehavioral unit provides intensive treatment: for ages 6-21 who have not responded to traditional treatments. Also serves those with IDD. Both must demonstrate severe to moderate communication and adaptive behavior skill deficits as well a behaviors that are a danger to self and/or others. Trauma sensitive and informed Evidence based practices are used
  • CIDDS Residential Treatment: 610-425-6309
  • 24 hr, out of home program: ages 5-21,  designed to help individuals achieve social, emotional and educational goals in order to return to their communities
  • CIDDS Learning Center: 610-425-6309. Co-ed day  programs  ages 5-21. Designed for Autism and other mental health diagnoses
“AGENCY WITH CHOICE” PROGRAM for IDD WAIVER SERVICES

Offering more control/choice over the services your family member with IDD receives via his/her ISP and/the provider of IDD services. Call 610-696-8090.

 

Advocacy Resources:

SELF-ADVOCACY – PA YOUTH LEADERSHIP SELF-ADVOCACY

Partnering with ASERT Resource Center to offer varied resources to help create leadership and empowerment for youth with disabilities. Call 1-877-231-4244. Email questions to:info@paautism.org. Visit PAAutism.org Visit the PA Youth Leadership Network at www.PYLN.org

 

Center for Independent Living-Central PA (CILCP): https://cilcp.org/

The mission is to eliminate and prevent barriers that people with disabilities experience by providing ongoing advocacy and offering innovative programs and services.

 

 


LEGAL/MEDICAL SYSTEM RELATED RESOURCES

Education Law Centerwww.elc-pa.org
Since 1975, the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania (ELC) has worked to make good public
education a reality for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable children – poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, English language learners, children in foster homes and institutions, and others

 

ChesCo Public Defender: 610-344-6940

ChesCo District Attorney: 610-344-6801

 

ChesCo Adult Probation: 800-692-1100 x. 6290

ChesCo Juvenile Probation: 610-344-6295

 

Legal Services:

  • Chester County Bar Association: 610-692-1889
  • Don’t Borrow Trouble Program (free loan advice): 877-429-5994
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA: 610-436-4510 (Chester County): 877-429-5994 (Regional)
  • Access to Justice: 877-429-5994
  • Lawyer Referral Service: 610-429-1500
  • Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (Consumer): http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/
  • Senior Law Center (legal services for adults 60 years or older) M-Thurs. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: 1-877-727-7529

LEGAL AID NETWORK, CHESTER COUNTY Mon – Fri, 9 – 1pm, 877-429-5994, www.chesco.org-legalservices

 

Medical Insurance Assistance Programs:

STATEWIDE

  • PA Health Insurance Exchange: 844-844-8040 www.pennie.com
  • CHIP (PA Children’s Health Insurance Program): 800-986-5437 or www.chipcoverspakids.com
  • Healthy Horizons: 800-872-2020
  • Healthy Kids: 800-986-2229
  • PA Health Law Project: 800-274-3258

COUNTYWIDE

  • Chester County Assistance Office (Medicaid): 610-466-1000 or 888-814-4698 or
    www.compass.state.pa.us
  • AmeriChoice of PA: 800-414-9025
  • APPRISE (Health Insurance Counseling for Seniors): 610-344-5004 (Option 2) or 800-783-7067 (toll free)
  • Coventry Cares: 866-903-0748 or www.mycoventrycares.com
  • Health Partners of Philadelphia: 800-553-0784
  • Keystone First: 800-521-6860
  • Community Care Behavioral Health (Mental Health Services for Medicaid recipients): 866-622-4228
  • Maternal & Child Health Consortium(assists uninsured adults, children and infants to enroll in subsidized health insurance and obtain low cost medical care):
    • Coatesville Office: 610-383-0630 or 610-344-5370 x 114
    • Kennett Square Office: 610-444-4002 or 610-444-4002
    • Oxford Office: 610-932-8557
    • Phoenixville Office: 610-917-1360 or 610-344-5370 x 109
    • West Chester Office: 610-696-5122
CHILD HEALTHCARE SERVICE GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR UP TO $5,000 (medical services/ equipment)

Child must be 16 yrs. or younger. Online app. at UHCCF website. http://www.uhccf.org.

Health and Medical Services:

Free or Low Cost Health Providers:

COUNTYWIDE

  • Chester County Health Department: 610-344-6225
  • Chester County Health Dept. Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic (free, anonymous testing for HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases): 610-344-6254
  • Community Volunteers in Medicine (Serves uninsured working people who live or work in Chester County):610-836-5990
  • ChesPenn Health Center (Serves all of Chester County regardless of ability to pay): 610-380-4660
  • Planned Parenthood of Chester County: 610-383-5911
  • WIC (Women, Infants, Children): 610-383-3824

KENNETT SQUARE
LCH Health and Community Services (open to all – Spanish spoken): 610-880-3503

OXFORD
LCH Health and Community Services (open to all -Spanish spoken): 610-708-1460

PHOENIXVILLE

  • Phoenixville Health Care Access Vision Program (for eligible Phoenixville area residents only):
    610-935-3165 or 877-765-0477
  • The Clinic (serves only the areas surrounding Phoenixvill and Paoli Hospitals. Services cost what patients can affordto pay. Must have no insurance, Medicare or Medicaid):
    610-935-1134

TOUGHKENAMON
WIC (Women, Infants, Children): 610-268-5153

WEST CHESTER

  • Chester County Women’s Services (pregnancy care medical center): 610-918-7088
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (Prenatal and infancy program for1st time mothers – Serves all  of Chester County):610-344-6459
  • Planned Parenthood of Chester Co.: 610-692-1770
  • St. Agnes Nursing Center (offers basic health care: 610-696-1972
  • WIC (Women, Infants, Children): 610-344-6240

WEST GROVE

  • LCH Pediatric Care Unit (Spanish spoken):610-880-3477
  • Women’s Health & Prenatal Care Center: 610-880-3477

AVONDALE
Planned Parenthood of Chester County:610-268-8848

COATESVILLE
Chester County Women’s Services (pregnancy care medical center): 610-383-0930

Free or Low Cost Dental Providers:

COUNTYWIDE

  • Chester County Community Dental (Serves all of Chester County): 610-383-3888
  • Chester County Health Dept. Dental Referral Line(for low-cost dental care): 610-344-4452
  • Dental Lifeline Network: 800-716-8721 or www.dentallifeline.org
  • LCH Dental Clinic: 610-880-3477 (Dental care for insured and uninsured patients, Spanish spoken)
  • PA Dental Association Senior Dental Care Program (reduced fees to seniors): 717-234-5941 or www.padental.org

BERWYN
Children’s Dental Clinic: 610-240-1213

PHOENIXVILLE
Phoenixville Healthcare Access Dental Program (for uninsured or underinsured residents of the Phoenixville area): 610-935-3165

 

InfantSEE
This program is a no-cost program for 6 to 12 months old made available through the Vision Care Institute, a Johnson and Johnson company, the American Optometric Association and Optometry’s Charity-The AOA Foundation. This program ensures that infants have access to eye and vision assessments. Optometrists provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life at no cost regardless of income or ability to pay. www.infantsee.org (888) 396-3937

 

Lauren’s House Medical Day Care, Coatesville, (610) 380-9960

 

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund  www.dolanfund.org Phone: 215-643-0763

Provides financial assistance for needs that are not covered by insurance, non-cash items and financial management education to families seeking treatment in PA, NJ and DE.  Immediate assistance available.  24 – 72 hour turnaround time for requests.  Requests need to be submitted by a healthcare professional (nurse, Dr., social worker, etc.

 

The PEAL Center has been committed to serving families and professionals across Pennsylvania, to assist those with disabilities and special health care needs and their families understand their rights and advocate for themselves.  866-950-1040 Info: https://www.pealcenter.org/

 

Easy-Care Safety bedswww.specialtyfurnitureproducts.com

PA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTER RESOURCE: 

www.facebook.com/HelpinPA with weekly updates from Dept. of Insurance, Health, Public Welfare, and Aging. Please join the community. 

 

MA and WELFARE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE AND ADVOCACY 

Available through Public Citizens for Children and Youth, www.PCCY.org.  Call 215-563-5848

 

“How to Apply for Medical Assistance for your Autistic Child”:
Guide – http://www.autism-support.org

 

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MA): A GUIDE FOR DETERMINING YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THRU MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MA). Available through the PA Health Law Project. 800-274-3258 Website: http://www.phlp.org

 

MA–GETTING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR A CHILD (UNDER 21) WITH A SEVERE DISABILITY, MENTAL ILLNESS OR BEHAVIORAL DISORDER UNDER THE “LOOPHOLE” (2008 EDITION) Guidebook from the PA Health Law Project, www.phlp.org

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION: 888-306-3216(West Chester) OR National Line 800-772-1213

Apply for Benefits: https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/forms/

 

SOCIAL SECURITY AND HEALTH BENEFITS WEBSITES IN SPANISH

See www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Similar to the English version www.HealthCare.gov, the website offers an insurance finder, explains the Affordable Care Act in step-by-step detail and offers information for families with children, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and others. The Social Security site, at www.segurosocial.gov or www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol, includes available applications for retirement, Medicare and Extra Help with prescription drug costs in Spanish.

 

Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia:  https://hflphilly.org/

Helps those living in the Philadelphia area with a temporary financial need by offering no interest, no fee loans. While most of our loans are only for members of the Philadelphia Jewish community, some are offered to both Jews and non-Jews. Credit-worthy co-signers are required for all loans. We lend for everything from post-secondary education to fertility treatments to day care and pre-school to medical and dental expenses to starting a new business, and much more.


MENTAL HEALTH RELATED RESOURCES

Crisis Intervention: 877-918-2100

ChesC0 Dept. of MH/IDD:  800-692-1100 x 6265or  610-344-6265

 

Struggling with mental-health challenges, anxiety and other emotional challenges?  Contact the Persevere PA Support and Referral Helpline at 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600

The helpline is staffed with Center for Community Resources (CCR) professional caseworkers, trained in trauma-informed and culturally competent care, skilled at assisting people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders, other special needs, or someone just looking for a supportive, empathetic person to listen. Staff are trained to listen, assess needs, triage calls, and provide appropriate referral to community resources to children, teens, adults and special populations, including historically marginalized groups

 

MINDING YOUR MIND

Provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers, school administrators and the community at large. Our goal is to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues. Treatment is available, yet only 3 out of 10 individuals needing help actually seek help. Minding Your Mind programs move away from crisis-based response to prevention through education.

Our educational programs provide information regarding signs and symptoms of mental health issues, in addition to stressing that they are treatable and treatment is available. Mood disorders have been identified by the World Health Organization as the third leading cause of disability worldwide. Research studies have demonstrated that over 90% of people that die from suicide have one or more psychiatric disorders at the time of their death. The second leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 14-23 is suicide. Since the age of onset of most psychiatric disorders is typically during adolescence, it is essential that the proper information be brought to the attention of secondary school educators, counselors, students and their parents. Call (610) 642-3879 OR  www.mindingyourmind.org

 

The PA Care Partnership

Builds and promotes equality and trust by including youth, caregivers, providers, and systems that serve children and young adults based on the individual community’s strengths and culture to modify how youth, families, government, and communities interact with each other. This is achieved through a system of care model that incorporates mental health promotion, prevention, early identification, and early intervention in addition to treatment to address the needs of all children, youth, and young adults. https://www.pacarepartnership.org/

PA Care Partnership hosts a series of webinars focused on youth and young adults from birth to age 21 and their families, systems, and providers aligned with the System of Care values of being youth and family driven, strength-based and individualized, trauma-informed, and culturally and linguistically competent. This month, the series includes several webinars on Minority Mental Health Month available online

 

The Chester County ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Coalition is partnering with the Chester County Health Department to launch an awareness campaign with the hashtag #ItsTimeChesco. The idea is to talk about our mental health and trauma, as well as topics of suicide and substance abuse, as first steps in better understanding and less stigma.

 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has updated the Talk Saves Lives program for the LGBTQ community. Watch a 3-minute video and find more information at the AFSP website.

 

APPRISE/Behavioral Health Connection (mental health assistance for seniors): 800-783-7067

 

Crossroads Recovery Center: 610-429-1702

 

Compeer, Inc.: 610-436-4445

 

Cornerstone Clubhouse: 610-935-2290

 

Chester County has expanded the age eligibility for accessing Certified Peer Specialists to youth aged 14 and older. A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is an individual with the lived experience of recovery from a mental health disorder, and can be an important factor in another person’s recovery journey. They have a unique position to supplement clinical treatment by engaging with a young person or an adult through their own experiences. Among many benefits, this type of support can increase hope, empowerment, resiliency and feelings of social connectedness.

Contact these providers for more information:

Devereux Community Services (610) 933-8110

 

Penn Psychiatric Center (610) 917-2200

 

Newsletter from COAD now available online. http://www.coadgroup.com/mentalHealth.asp#MHRnewsletter

 

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: 717-238-1514 or www.nami.org

 

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Helpline (Chester County Chapter): 610-430-0177

 

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill OFFICE(Chester County):484-947-5643

FAMILY GUIDE ON EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES AVAILABLE. 

Title: Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know about Evidence-Based practices. For copy: 1-800-6264, www.aacap.org or www.nami.org (National Alliance on Mental Health)

PA Mental Health Consumer Association:

A state-wide member organization dedicated to the support of all people who seek aid for recovery from a mental illness at any stage in their journey.

Provides resources, referrals, and support to those receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness. Info: PMHCA@pmhca.org

 

PA Office of MH & Substance Abuse: www.dhs.pa.gov. Call 717-787-6443.

 

Pennsylvania Link to Community Care: www.carelink.pa.gov
(local resources for seniors, disabilities and mental health)

Stepping Stones Clubhouse (referral required): 610-384-6059

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®

A self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals.  It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues. Info: https://mentalhealthrecovery.com/

WRAPAROUND RESOURCE GUIDE

Click here for a guide on “Understanding Wrap Around”

Human Services Inc.

Diagnostics, Evaluation, Treatment and Mental Health Programs for adults with co-occurring disorders and youth with behavioral, emotional and/or family issues

  • West Chester 610-429-3033
  • Thorndale 610-873-1010
  • Oxford 610-998-1807

 

Creative Health Services:

Offers services for mental and behavioral health, eating disorders and family relationship issues via case management, outpatient services, student assistance programs, assessments, after school and summer programs, sibling support workshops, domestic violence prevention and intervention, and wraparound services  Call 610-326-6987

 

Community Care Behavioral Health:

Helps residents of PA, who are on Medical Assistance, find doctors, counselors, supports and services for mental health, behavioral health, addiction and developmental disabilities in order to facilitate recovery and wellness. Info: www.ccbh.com or Call  866-622-4228

 

Chesco Life Program:

serves Chester County families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social needs, intellectual disabilities, and/or have involvement with the dependency or delinquency systems. As a team of both experienced parents and professionals, we work closely with families to offer invaluable support. In addition to working with local child serving systems and partnerships with community organizations, we have many resources available to support your family’s emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Self-help parenting and educational supports, and social and recreational opportunities are all easily accessible within our program Website: www.accessservices.org

Foundations:

Offers wide range of behavioral and mental health supports and services to youth, adults and families. Individualized treatment interventions in a nurturing and therapeutic environment. Inpatient Psychiatric Acute Care programs for ages 12-17.  Autism Inpatient Programs ages 5-21.  Residential Treatment Facility  for those that have not benefited from traditional outpatient services.   Intensive  Health Services within the community to promote self-sufficiency. LifeWorks school for grades 3-12 integrates academics and behavioral health approaches at multiple locations.  Call 215-345-0444  or info: www.fbh.com

Holcomb Behavioral Health:

Provides counseling, consultation, education and referrals to those experiencing acute psychological or psychosocial problems; family; friends; colleagues; school staff; and agencies calling on behalf of a person. Provides resources for self-resolve through natural supports.  Also provides walk-in services  and Mobile Crisis Outreach

  • Crisis Residential Program: 610-594-1665 or 610-363-1488
  • 24/7 Crisis Line: 610-918-2100
  • Warm Line(for non-emergency mental health calls): 866-846-2722
  • Warm Line(for Veterans): 800-273-TALK

Provides peer supports to prevent a crisis from developing. Open 7 days, M-F 2pm-8pm & Sat/Sun 12noon-6pm

  • TEEN TALK Warm Line: 855-852-TEEN…TEXT also available: 484-362-9515. Ages 12-18. M-F 3pm-7pm.

TEENS are encouraged to reach out with a phone call or text message when they are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, isolated or confused. All calls are confidential and callers may be anonymous. Teens who call after hours will receive an automated message and will be directed to the Valley Creek Crisis Intervention Center in Exton for immediate support when needed: Valley Creek Crisis Center: 610-280-3270

Mental Health Treatment Providers:

COUNTYWIDE
Crisis Intervention (24 hrs/7days): 610-918-2100 or 877-918-2100

COATESVILLE

  • Child Guidance Resource Center (children only): 610-383-5635
  • Coatesville VA Medical Center (veterans only):  610-384-7711, ext. 2911
  • Human Services, Inc. (adults only): 610-380-9982
  • Brandywine Behavioral Health: 610-383-4980

DOWNINGTOWN
Human Services, Inc. (children and adults): 610-873-1010

EXTON

  • Holcomb Behavioral Health (children/adults): 610-363-1488
  • American Day Treatment Center: 888-227-3898

KENNETT SQUARE
Holcomb Behavioral Health (children’s program): 610-388-7400

OXFORD
Human Services, Inc.: 610-932-8557

PHOENIXVILLE

  • Community Services of Devereux (children only): 610-933-8110.
  • Fellowship Health Resources: 610-415-9301

SPRING CITY
Creative Health Systems Inc. (adults and children): 610-948-6490

WEST CHESTER

  • Human Services, Inc. (adults only): 610-429-3033
  • West Chester University Community Health Clinic: 610-436-2510

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


RESPITE RELATED RESOURCES

RESPITE CARE FROM CHILD AND FAMILY FOCUS

Respite care supports families without resources or natural supports to help care for a child with a mental health diagnosis. Provided by trained individuals. For more info: www.childandfamilyfocus.org.

RECREATION, SOCIAL SKILLS, AND RESPITE

Ages 18 yrs. and up. Weekly activities. Community-based barbecues, zoos, outdoor games, dances, bowling, train rides, etc. Costs vary by activity. Call: The Arc of Chester County 610-696-8090 x. 206


RIDING (THERAPEUTIC) RELATED RESOURCES

THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING – REINS of LIFE

Non-profit organization located in Landenberg, PA provides therapeutic horseback riding services for children, young adults, and adults with special needs and life challenges. Disabilities served are varied and include: Down Syndrome, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, ADD, emotional challenges, learning differences, speech, hearing, or visual impairments. Social situations, such as school bullying, starting in a new school, family situations involving a loss of a loved one, or pet, or divorce.  Program operates weekdays and weekends. Call for specific times which may vary due to season. 610-274-3300. Ask about our “Sibling Riding Program”. Reins of Life has a fee for its therapeutic horseback riding program. For Information: Judy Hendrickson, Founding Director. Mobile: 610-724-5305. Website: www.reinsoflife.com   Email questions to: judy@reinsoflife.com

HOPE SPRINGS EQUESTRIAN THERAPY

Equine therapy for autistic and challenged riders. Weekly group and individual sessions and summer camps with special education professionals combining riding and classes (June and July). At: Art School Rd, Chester Springs. Call: 610-827-0931. Website:  www.Hope-Springs.org.

MAKING STRIDES THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Programs and instruction for both typically developing children and adults as well as those with disabilities. Individual programming and flexible schedule with physical therapist. Located at: 10300 Courthouse Rd, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832. Call: 804-203-1991. Email questions to: info@makingstridesofVirginia.org.

QUEST THERAPEUTIC SERVICES, INC.

Full-range of pediatric therapy services with flexible scheduling of OT/PT/Speech for children with special needs. Indoor arena heated and ventilated for year-round use. Some insurance reimbursable. Location: 461 Cann Rd., West Chester. Call: 610-692-6362,  Website: www.QuestTherapeutic.com.

BARN AT SPRINGBROOK FARM

Animal-assisted activities for children with disabilities. Children can have fun while interacting with farm animals. Gains in knowledge, confidence, and self-esteem. Location: Locust Grove Rd., West Chester. Call: 610-793-1037, Website: www.springbrook-farm.org.


SENSORY AND LANGUAGE RELATED RESOURCES

SENSORY AND LANGUAGE TOOLS

Child therapy products/special needs toys to build skills/empower children of every ability. www.funandfunction.com.

 

National Cued Speech Association http://www.cuedspeech.org

 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all. https://www.asha.org/

https://www.asha.org/NJC/Communication-Bill-of-Rights/

 

APRAXIA Resources:

www.apraxia-kids.org

 

Developmental Music Classes led by a Speech Language  Pathologist & Music teacher for parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers, ages 18 months to 5 years. Call 610-363-6520 or www.singalongsessions.com

 

Visual Aides: For those who communicate through pictures

 

www.autismshopper.com

 

www. symbolworld.org

 

www.dotolearn.com

 

www.mayer-johnson.com

 

 


SOCIAL SKILLS, FRIENDSHIP, and RECREATION RELATED RESOURCES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN

BUDDY / FRIENDSHIP PROGRAMS: INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (IDD)-BEST BUDDIES

Best Buddies Pennsylvania and e-Buddies matches people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with those without to create one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD. Call: (610) 992-9400 or 1-800-89-BUDDY(28339) Website: http://www.bestbuddies.org  

BUDDY / FRIENDSHIP PROGRAMS: MENTAL HEALTH –COMPEER Chester County

Serves adults over 18, with a primary diagnosis of serious psychiatric illness and potential for Recovery, defined as ‘a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.’ Info: COMPEER of Chester County – 610-436-4445, website: www.compeerchesco.org

 

ARTS:

Barnstone Art for Kids

Summer Workshops and Fall Programs: www.barnstoneartforkids.org or call 610-917-0140

 

The Center on Central, Paoli,  http://thecenteroncentral.com/610-710-1487
Personal enrichment programs, in one-on-one and group settings, at times of the day that meet the consumer’s needs.  Classes include drawing classes, cartooning classes, music groups and individual music lessons/, dance/movement, drama/improv, beading and a pottery studio all featured

THE ART of FRIENDSHIP”:  A division of Child Family Art Therapy Center. Social Coping Skills Focus
  • Preschool (ages 4-5 yrs.)- Social practice art and play-based.
  • Elementary School (ages 6-11 yrs.)- Through individual/group art projects, games, imaginary play.
  • Middle School (11-14 yrs.)
    – Individual, group art projects, conversation practice, game playing, role play, team building activities.
  • High School (15-19 yrs.)
    – Essential practice of conversation, hanging out skills, life skills.

Locations: Center City Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, Paoli, and Ardmore. The Art of Friendship and its sister program, Camp Pegasus, are under the direction of founder, Mike Fogel. Additional information can be found at: www.ArtOfFriendshipSocialSkills.com. Call: (610) 649-1080.

FITKID ACADEMY- NEW!!! 

Fitness for Children with Special Needs. Adapted/Individualized sessions for children age 18mos. to 5 years of any level of ability. Website: www.impact-sports.org, Email questions to: info@impact-sports.org.     Call:610-679-9139

 

An acronym for the Voice OInclusion for Children Everywhere, Mikayla’s Voice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that inspires kids of all abilities to share the message of inclusion. Having never spoken a word, with the help of other children, Mikayla is using her “voice” to:

  • Inspire children and young adults to embrace individuals of all abilities.
  • Empower them to create cultural change by teaching others to include everyone.
  • Educate our community about the meaning and importance of inclusion.

Develops and coordinates unique and innovative programs that allow children with and without disabilities to work and play together. These programs are designed to showcase children’s talent and creativity as they demonstrate successful inclusion in education, art, and sports and recreation. Our children are our future and we are proud to let them lead by example, teaching others to embrace individuals of all abilities. This builds their self-confidence, empowers them to stand up for what they believe and encourages their growth into adults who to continue to advocate for inclusion. Call (610) 746-2323 Info: https://www.mikaylasvoice.org/

 

SIBSHOPS and SIBTEEN

Children with siblings, with special health or developmental needs, will benefit from connecting with others in a group  setting to share unique joys and challenges of living with a sibling who is different, through games and activities that promote interaction and FUN, while making friends and getting support, from others -who get it!

Offered at Creative Health Services, Pottstown. For ages 6-12 and 13-17. Groups gather 2nd Sat of the month (Spring and Fall sessions). Call 610-326-9250 x 1215. Email questions to: info@creativehs.org.  Website: www.creativehs.org

SOCIAL ENRICHMENT CENTER

Supports individuals, families, schools and community organizations. Objective is to build children’s and adolescent’s self-confidence and social connection through summer camps, hourly sessions, or Back-to-School readiness. Provides social skills groups, occupational therapy, individual therapy, academic tutoring, arts & crafts, games & skill building, speech therapy, reading specialist.  Website: www. socialenrichmentcenter.com. Located in Media. Call: 610-853-2898.

 

RECREATION RESOURCES:

  • MAINLINE Chess and Games. A gaming shop  located at: 7 South Valley Rd. Paoli, PA Call: 610 240-8900
  • ACCESS PASS: For permanent residents with a permanent disability. Links/Info: www.disabilityresource.orgl.
  • RECREATION: Executive Function and Study Skills Groups: Your child won’t even realize that through the games and various activities they are LEARNING!  Located at: FICK Educational Services. Services offered at Downingtown, West Chester, and Media. Call:(610) 457-2199 or Email questions to: fickeducation@gmail.com. Website: fickeducation.com
  • RECREATION: SOCIAL SKILLS AND RESPITE: Ages 18 yrs. and up. Small group, Waiver, Weekly activities. Community-based barbecues, zoos, outdoor games, dances, bowling, train rides, etc. Costs vary by activity. Call: The Arc of Chester County 610-696-8090

Partnering with ASERT Resource Center to offer varied resources to help create leadership and empowerment for youth with disabilities. Call 1-877-231-4244. Email questions to:info@paautism.org. Visit PAAutism.org Visit the PA Youth Leadership Network at www.PYLN.org

  • Spring Brook Farm www.springbrook-farm.org
    The Barn at Spring Brook Farm provides animal-assisted activities for children with disabilities. Our mission is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities by providing animal-assisted activities for the purpose of promoting knowledge, confidence, self-esteem and physical well-being.
  • Smart Play Groups: Downingtown Area Recreation Consortium offers all inclusive  classes to toddlers at United Sports. Groups broken down by nage, 16 months to 3 years. Call 215-485-8373 or 610-269-9260
  • GROUPS  THERAPLAY, INC.: Located at: 635 Brandywine Parkway  West Chester PA. Call: 610-436-3600. Website: www.theraplayinc.com
  • PROMPT AND PLAY CENTER: Located in Wilmington, DE For Ages 3 – 18 in need of social skills, life skills, counseling. Call: 302 691-5658
  •  2 BE SOCIAL, LLC.: Tutoring in reading and writing, social coaching for ages 10 through adult, group session for family members, large group consultation services. Website: www.2besocial.org Phone: 610-883-3320.
  • SIS SAY IT STRAIGHT: An interactive, energetic, 10 lesson evidence based program for elementary, middle and high school students, focusing on empowering communication skills and behaviors. Great anti-bullying strategies! Holcomb Behavioral Health. Call:484-444-0412. Website: Chimes.org
  • SPECIAL ADAPTIVE DANCE…NEW!! Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts, Dance facility  of Shining Stars Adaptive Dance, Thursdays from 5-5:45 p.m. for individuals ages 13 to Adult. 315 Westtown Rd. West Chester, PA 19382 Phone 610 692-3398. Website: www.dianematthewsdance.com.
  • Down for Dance. Downs Syndrome only. $250 for 3 month membership. Held once a week. Dance, Arts, Fitness. Supplies not included. Info: www.downfordance.org
  • Spirit Club: fee attached, flex. Info: join@spirit-club.com
  • Chester County YMCAs:
    • West Chester: 610-431-9622
    • Kennett YMCA: 610-444-9622
    • Jennersville:610-869-9622
    • Brandywine:610-380-9622
    • Twin Valley:610-913-9622

CAMPS:

SEQUOIA KIDS Social Skills Program

Sequoia Kids Camp helps boys ages 7-17,  with ADHD and similar diagnoses, who do not need special needs support; a holistic approach is taken to teach social and life development  skills. Residential overnite summer camp and overnite school year trips offered with a 2:5 staff ratio.  Location: 221 Williams Ave., Narbeth, PA 19072. Info: www.camp-sequoia.com.com or www.camp-sequoia.com/programs/school-year-trips 610-771-0111. Email: office@sequoiakidsprogram.com

Bournelyf Special Camp: bscwc.org(SUMMER)610-692-9027

Bournelyf Special Camp operates as a summer day camp in West Chester, PA, with programs involving outdoor recreational activities with a focus on lifetime wellness, and community outreach, in conjunction with developing communication and social skills for individuals with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. We promote the development of each camper’s potential through participation in an exciting variety of challenging outdoor activities.

Three different summer day-camp programs are offered to individuals with special needs, ages 8 and up. Our Trailblazers program is offered to campers ages 8-17 years of age, the Expedition program for ages 18- 25 and Alumni programs ages 26 and up; we are proud to be able to say that no camper will ever “age out” of Bournelyf. All programs are geared toward individuals classified in the mild to moderate range of the intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The mission of the Camp is to develop participants’ abilities by helping them build confidence, improve social and communication skills, and become more physically fit through challenging, but achievable physical activities and by interaction with others.

Adult and Recreation Services(Formerly Summer Matters): A Program of Valley Forge Educational Services

ARS offers several services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Specialized Recreation Services (formerly Summer Matters) offers multiple weekend retreats throughout the year, along with a two-week summer camp and a one-week beach getaway. All trips and experiences have specified age groups and are held at multiple locations. Call 610.296.6725

Adult and Recreation Services (Formerly Summer Matters) offers educational and recreational programming for young people, 7–21 years of age, with special needs and learning challenges. Adult and Recreation Services programs vary in purpose, format and length and build on participants’ interests to help them succeed, learn and grow. From the development of social and daily living skills to experiencing opportunities to have fun and make new friends, programs of Adult & Recreation Services maximize each participant’s potential.

VFES @ Camp Kweebec (Traditional Day and Overnight Camp) offers traditional camp activities such as fishing, canoeing, zip-lining, crafts and nature study during week-long sessions on a 200-acre wooded camp property in Schwenksville, PA. Programs are designed for campers experiencing social challenges.

Respite Retreats Recognizing the importance of year-round recreational and respite programming for youth of all abilities, VFES offers day and overnight programs throughout the year. These programs offer affordable, engaging opportunities for young people to develop independence, strengthen healthy relationships and broaden their recreational experiences in the real world while giving their families much-needed respite. Call 610.296.6725

 

SENIOR CENTERS:

COATESVILLE
Coatesville Senior Adult Center: 610-383-6900

DEVON
Surrey Services for Seniors: 610-647-6404

DOWNINGTOWN
Downingtown Senior Center: 610-269-3939

PARKESBURG Area Senior Club: 610-932-8902

Seniors of HONEYBROOK: 610-273-2848

KENNETT SQUARE
Kennett Area Senior Center: 610-444-4819

OXFORD
Oxford Senior Center: 610-932-5244

PHOENIXVILLE
Phoenixville Area Adult Activity Center: 610-935-1515

WEST CHESTER
West Chester Area Senior Center: 610-431-4242

 

Adult Day Care Centers:
EXTON
Active Day of Exton: 610-363-8044

HONEYBROOK
Tel Hai Adult Day Care: 610-273-4619

KENNETT SQUARE
Active Day of Kennett Square: 610-388-1166

MALVERN
Sarahcare Adult Day Services: 610-251-0801

 


SPORTS RELATED RESOURCES

Little League Challenger Division: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/about/divisions/challenger.htm 610-344-0979
A separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school

COATESVILLE MIDGET FOOTBALL

Ages 4 – 14. Little League Football, Cheerleading Program, and Flag Football. Info: www.kidraiders.org.

KARATE – KENPO KARATE CLASSES

Non-competitive classes in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The only martial arts school in the area that employs a full-time Occupational Therapist. Serving Malvern area since 2003. Class for children 5 to 8 and 9 to 13. Includes one free uniform, no testing fees, no long term contracts to sign, and a complimentary free week trial. Info: 610 640-9232, website: www.karateROX.com

KARATE  TAE KWON DO CLASSES FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Regular, private or semi-private classes offered, and kids are included with kids without special needs, as appropriate. Provides a structured program for kids who love to run, jump, and play who would benefit from peer interaction, but are less likely to have success with team-oriented sports. Benefits self confidence, self control, focus, coordination, social skills, body control, core strength, FUN. Held at United Sports, Marshalton-Thorndale Rd., Downingtown. Families may have BT, TSS accompany children.  Info/regis: 267-290-8080, www.unitedsportstkd.net

SOCCER – WEST BRADFORD YOUTH ATHLETICS 

Soccer league for children with special needs so all children can have the fun and experience of playing soccer. For children 7 – 21 years of age.  No previous soccer experience necessary. Children grouped based on ability, not age. Fosters fun and inclusive atmosphere. Info/regis: 610-344-9444, email: office@wbya.org. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available!

SOCCER – HIGH 5 SOCCER for Players with Special Needs ages 5–19 yrs

Sponsored by the Glenmoore Eagle Youth Association Program based on US Youth Soccer’s TOP Soccer model. A community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. No cost. For ages 5-19yrs. Email: admin@geyasports.org or Regis: www.geyaspoprts.org

 

“The Believers” Special Olympics, Chester County. For Info: angie.robinson@robinsonsales.com

 

Down Syndrome Sports of America:  $25/yr memberhip. www.dssasports.com

 

West Chester University adapted sports programs, ages 8-21, seasonal. www.wcu.edu

 

Downingtown Dominators Cheer (Unified) Team. Info: liz@schlosser.com

 

 


TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Changing Hands: www.ucpcentralpa.org/changinghandscentralpa/ or Call: 717-737-3477

Located in Camp Hill, Pa.  An Equipment Exchange program that provides restored and refurbished home medical
equipment and assistive technology devices to PA residents of all ages.  Items would need to be picked up, or they offer to try to see if they can make arrangements if pick up is not possible

CELL PHONES

42 minutes/month FREE to qualifying individuals in selected area codes. Visit Lifeline at www.safelink.com or call toll-free at1-800-723-3546 for more details.

COMPUTER – INTERNET ESSENTIALS BY COMCAST

Will provide eligible families affordable home internet service ($9.95/mo.), a low-cost computer ($149.99 plus tax), and access to free internet training – online, in print, and in classroom (at established community training sites). Available everywhere Comcast offers its high-speed internet service. Will accept participants for at least three years and those accepted will stay with the program until that child graduates from high school. http://www.internetessentials.com/

 

Center for Assistance Technology (CAT) https://www.upmc.com/services/rehab/rehab-institute/services/cat(A joint program of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh)

 

Center for Independent Living-Central PA (CILCP): https://cilcp.org/

The mission is to eliminate and prevent barriers that people with disabilities experience by providing ongoing advocacy and offering innovative programs and services

 

PA Assistive Technology Foundation https://patf.us/who-we-are/publications/funding-your-assistive-technology/

Provides people with disabilities and their families with financial loans, funding resources and education, vendors &assistance

 

Achieva Family Trust: http://achievafamilytrust.org/charitable-residual-account/

Sometimes individuals with disabilities and their families lack the financial resources to access critical special needs support. This trust can provide supplemental support and services (including technology) for children and adults with disabilities who are unable to pay for the services or supports on their own.  The program is meant to be utilized when all other sources have been exhausted.  Eligible applicants are individuals with disabilities throughout the state of Pennsylvania

 

First Hand Foundation www.firsthandfoundation.org  Phone: 816-201-1569

Provides assistance with: treatment, medicine, assistive technology/equipment, wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (lifts, ramps, etc.)
BUT Does not provide assistance with: home modification projects, wheelchair van purchases, co-pays or deductibles, therapy dogs
Families must meet their financial guidelines (can be viewed on website) Turnaround is approximately 1 month from application submission

 

Hebrew Free Loan Association (Pittsburgh): http://hflapgh.org/

Offers interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis to residents of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Butler, Beaver and Armstrong Counties who may not qualify for assistance through other institutions.

 

Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia: https://hflphilly.org/

Helps those living in the Philadelphia area with a temporary financial need by offering no interest, no fee loans. While most of our loans are only for members of the Philadelphia Jewish community, some are offered to both Jews and non-Jews. Credit-worthy co-signers are required for all loans. We lend for everything from post-secondary education to fertility treatments to day care and pre-school to medical and dental expenses to starting a new business, and much more.

 

PHLConnectED https://www.phila.gov/programs/phlconnected/

Connects eligible K–12 student households with access to reliable internet service at no cost through June 2022. Participants will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses or installation fees. The program will also provide digital skills training and support.

 There are three core components of PHLConnectED:

  • Wired, high-speed, reliable internet to the home from Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, or a high-speed mobile hotspot from T-Mobile for families who are housing insecure.
  • Distribution of devices, such as Chromebooks, tablets, or computers through their school.
  • Digital skills training and tech support.

Program prioritizes families with the greatest need for internet service. We will focus on connecting K–12 families who:

  • Do not have any internet access.
  • Have only mobile phone internet access.
  • Are homeless or housing insecure.
  • Have students who participate in remote learning in locations without internet access (outside of the primary household).

The program’s eligibility has been expanded. You may also be eligible if you have internet in your home and:

  • Participate in public benefit programs with income qualifications.
  • Your child is an English Learner.
  • Your child receives special education services.

Eligible households will be identified through data gathered by the Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia, the Charter Schools Office, and internet service providers.

 

Technology for Our Whole Lives (TechOWL): https://techowlpa.org/

Did you know that every state has a program to help people with disabilities and others explore, find and get the tools and technology they need? These tools may be needed for school, work, and life in the community. The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is the home for this program in Pennsylvania. It is called Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology or “PIAT” (pee-aht) for short. Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) is in Philadelphia. PIAT serves the following counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. PIAT strives to enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and their families, through access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services, which allow for choice, control and independence at home, work, school, play, and in their neighborhoods.

 

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania (UCP) https://www.ucpcentralpa.org/services/assistive-technology/ (includes PA UCP Lending Library)

UCP’s Assistive Technology (AT) service offers a full range of devices, equipment, training, and supports that equip people to live with a greater degree of independence at home, at work, at school, and at play. Our AT services not only make everyday living easier for the user; they make otherwise impossible tasks possible.

 


TRANSPORTATION RELATED RESOURCES

Chester County Ride Guide (Online information on bus, train, taxi, and paratransit transportation):
www.chescorideguide.org

Krapf Coaches: 610-431-1500 or www.krapfbus.com
Route A (Serving Coatesville, Thorndale, Downingtown, Exton, and West Chester)

Earlier this summer, SEPTA acquired the Krapf A Bus route, and in August, rebranded it as SEPTA 135. As a result of this change, Coatesville Link bus stop signs were mistakenly removed in the shared Coatesville portion of the route.
The Coatesville Link is still serving the Coatesville Community by providing access to healthcare, shopping, entertainment, employment, school, and more. The Link buses are clean, comfortable, convenient, and safe.
The Coatesville Link:
  • Is currently the only direct public transportation service to provide access to Brandywine Hospital and Coatesville VA Medical Hospital.
  • Can take shoppers to the Walmart Supercenter in Parkesburg.
  • Makes stops at the Brandywine YMCA, Coatesville Center for Community Health, Coatesville Area Public Library, Rainbow Laundromat, Airport Village Shopping Center, and the Parkesburg Public Library.
The Link bus route travels from the Brandywine Hospital through Coatesville, and on to Parkesburg, Monday through Saturday, with a total of 13 eastbound weekday runs, and 12 westbound weekday runs. On Saturdays there are a total of 9 runs eastbound, and 9 runs westbound.
A single-trip ticket costs only $2.75 without a transfer. Monthly bus passes and pre-purchase single trip tickets available for purchase online.
The bus route also provides Americans with Disabilities (ADA) complementary service along its route. Eligible riders can be picked up/dropped off at locations within ¾ mile of the regular bus route.

 

CHESTER COUNTY PARATRANSIT SYSTEM
Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP): 484-696-3854/877-873-8415 (toll free) or www.riderover.com
Aging Shared Ride for Seniors (Rover CT): 610-594-3911 or 877-873-8415 (toll free)
Persons with Disabilities Transportation Program (Rover CT): 610-594-3911 or 877-873-8415

 

FREE TRANSPORTATION TO HEALTHCARE APPOINTMENTS!

Do you need transportation to Medical, Counseling/Mental Health, WIC, Dental, Eye and other health related appointments? Call or visit one of these partner agencies to see if you qualify for the Ride for Health Initiative of Southern Chester County: The American Cancer Society, Human Services Inc., Catholic Social Services, Kennett Area Community Service (KACS), Chester County Community Dental, Kennett Consolidated School District, Chester County Department of Youth and Family, La Comunidad Hispana, Chester County Family Literary Program, Maternal and Child Health, Consortium: Family Center, Family Benefits & Healthy Start, Chester County Head Start, Mission Santa Maria, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Neighbors in Action, Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, Oxford Neighborhood Service Center, Home of the Sparrow, United Way of Southern Chester County. Visit www.TMACC.org or call 610-993-0911 Ride for Health Initiative is a last resort program for those who are not eligible for any other Medical Assistance transportation through ROVER or TransNet, along with other stipulations. 

 

VOLUNTEER BASED TRANSPORTATION:
Neighbors in Action (Volunteer transportation for residents of Southern Chester County for a nominal fee): 610-444-4819
Kennett Area Community Service (serves Kennett Square area): 610-444-4143

 

Freedom Grant program: usvariety.org/care
Philadelphia Variety Chapter: http://varietyphila.org/ Phone number: 215-735-0803
Provide assistance with services for mobility, independence, and  social inclusion (adaptive bikes & trikes, assistance animals, hoists and lifts, manual and powered wheelchairs, modified vehicle access, standing & walking assistance like gait trainers, walkers, standing frames, positioning systems; specialized seating for car, shower, toilet, etc.) Call Phila. chapter directly

MOBILITY EXPRESS DOWNINGTOWN

a retail store that sells Medicare chargeable equipment and supplies. Locatedat 430W Lincoln Hwy, Downingtown. www.familymobility.com Call 610-518-2221


MISCELLANEOUS

Prescription Expense Assistance:

STATEWIDE:

  • Medicare Extra Help (Medicare recipients only): 800-772-1213
  • PA Patient Assistance Program Clearinghouse (Serves the uninsured, under-insured – No PACE or Medicaid Coverage):
    800-955-0989
  • PACE(Seniors): 800-225-7223 or www.cms.hhs.gov/pace
  • PA Partnership for Prescription Assistance: 888-477-2669 or www.pparx.org

NATIONAL:

  • Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program: 215-625-9609 or 800-922-9384 www.needymeds.org (prescription assistance programs through pharmaceutical companies for free/low cost health clients)
  • www.GoodRx.com – Compares prescription drug prices and offers discount coupons up to 80% off

COUNTYWIDE:
Community Volunteers in Medicine (serves uninsured working people who live or work in Chester County):
610-836-5990

COATESVILLE:
The Salvation Army: 610-384-2954

KENNETT SQUARE:

  • Kennett Area Community Service: 610-925-3556
  • LCH: 610-444-7550

OXFORD:
Oxford Area Neighborhood Services: 610-932-8557

PHOENIXVILLE:

Health Care Access (Formerly the Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation) – Connects uninsured or underinsured
residents of the Greater Phoenixville area with dental, vision, prescription, mammogram, and emergency orthopedic
services: 610-935-3165 or www.phcafoundation.org.

WEST CHESTER:
The Salvation Army: 610-696-8746

Utility Bill Assistance

  • Kennett Area Community Service (Serving the Kennett Square Area): 610-925-3556
  • Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (Serving Oxford area): 610-932-8557
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services (Serving Phoenixville Area): 610-933-1105
  • Open Hearth, Inc. (Serving Spring City and Pottstown Areas): 610-792-9282
  • PECO Universal Service Programs (Serving low-income customers who demonstrate
    difficulty paying their monthly electric bill): 800-774-7040
  • Salvation Army of Greater West Chester (Serves West Chester Area): 610-696-8746
  • Salvation Army Service Extension (Serves any uncovered areas of Chester County): 610-383-0868
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): 866-857-7095 or 610-466-1042
  • Public Utility Commission (PUC): 800-692-7380
  • TE CARE (Tredyffrin/Easttown area): 610-644-0594 or help@tecare.org
  • ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester (Serving West Chester area): 484-324-8492 or contact@actinfaithgwc.org
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society (Serves Downingtown, Eagle, Elverson, Guthriesville, Honeybrook and Lionville): 610-470-9090

 

Crime Victims Drop-In Centers

Talk with a staff member about options, information and referrals. All services are FREE & confidential.

24 Hr. HOTLINES: 610-692-7273(sexual assault) other crime)OR 610-692-7420(

  • Phoenixville: ORION, Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm
  • Kennett Area (KACS), Tuesdays 12:30-2:30pm
  • Coatesville, at MCHC, Thursdays 1:30-4pm

 

Mitzvah Circle Foundation www.mitzvahcircle.org (Community Partner with the National Diaper Bank Network)
Supports service organizations/families with donations of diapers, personal hygiene items, household
goods, baby gear, school supplies, clothing and more. Call 215-828-6649

 

Chewable Jewels– Dr. Bloom Inc. – www.chewablejewels.com
Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Jewels are a unique line of safe teething jewelry that includes bracelets,
necklaces and key chain accessories. The products come in various colors and package options. One
of the most popular items, Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Jewels necklace, is also great for nursing moms.

 

PA CareerLink®-Chester County and United Way
Financial Stability Center
479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500
Exton, PA, 19341
CareerLink: 610-280-1010
https://www.cwds.state.pa.us/

Chester County Assistance Office(Welfare)
610-466-1000(Coatesville) or 888-814-4698 or www.compass.state.pa.us

Unemployment Compensation: 888-313-7284 or www.uc.pa.gov

 

A PA ABLE account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends, a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits. Info: https://www.paable.gov/

 

Credit Counseling Services

  • American Credit Counseling Institute: 888-212-6741
  • CLARIFI (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley): 215-563-5665 or 800-989-2227
  • Open Hearth, Inc. (also offers a savings program): 610-792-9282
  • Housing Partnership of Chester County: 610-518-1522
  • The Pledging Tree Foundation: 774-275-0787

 

Chester County Government: 610-344-6000 or www.chesco.org

ChesCo Commissioner: 610-344-6100

ChesCo Dept. of Community Development: 800-692-1100 x 6900 or http://dsf.chesco.org/ccdcd/site/default.asp

Parent Organization www.understood.org


CONTACT

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