Acronyms and Resources


AE – Administrative Entity

AWC - Agency with Choice 

BAS – Bureau of Autism Services

BHA – Bureau of Hearings and Appeals

CLA – Community Living Arrangement

CMS – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Federal Agency formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration, or HCFA)

DLP – Disability Law Project

DHS– (PA) Department of Human Services (ODP is part of DHS)

DRP – Disability Rights Pennsylvania

DSP - Direct Support Professional

EA - Employer Agent

ELC – Education Law Center

ELP – Essential Lifestyle Planning

EPSDT – Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment

FDSS – Family Driven Support Services

FMS – Financial Management Services

HCQU – Health Care Quality Unit

HCSIS – Home and Community Services Information Systems

ICF/ID – Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Intellectual Disability

ID-intellectual Disability

IM4Q – Independent Monitoring for Quality

ISO – Intermediary Service Organization

ISP – Individual Support Plan

MA – Medical Assistance

MAWD – Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities

ODP – (PA) Office of Developmental Programs

OVR – Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

PAWL – PA Waiting List Campaign

PCP – Person Centered Planning

P/FDS – Person/Family Directed Support Waiver

PUNS – Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services

RPM – Regional Program Manager

SB - Supports Broker

SC – Supports Coordinator (formerly called a Case Manager)

SIS (SIS-PA+) – Supports Intensity Scale and PA Plus (PA+)

SSA – Social Security Administration

SSDI- Social Security Disability Insurance

SSI - Supplemental Security Income

SSD – Services and Supports Directory

SSW - Service Support Worker

SSP - Service Support Professional

VF/EA - Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (PALCO)


Links to Other Resources for Adult Services

PA Agency With Choice (AWC) by County

PA ABLE Savings Program

PA Everyday Lives

PA Link to Community Care

PA Photo ID (age 10 and above) also known as Non-Drivers License ID

PA Premise Alert for First Responders

Selective Service (Age 18 - 25 Register for the Draft)

Understanding the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania: Intellectual Disability and Autism Services


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