Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC) is committed to providing indirect health care support for more than 3500 people living in residential settings in the Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism (ID/A) community.
Our mission is to enhance access to community physical and mental health care through education, public health outreach, advocacy and empowerment as well as to improve health care outcomes for individuals with an Intellectual Disability and/or Autism (ID/A).
Our Guiding Principle
It is more important than ever, in the current health care environment, that we focus on integrated health care so that people with ID/A achieve wellness.
PCHC was created in 1989 to support Philadelphians with an Intellectual Disability and/or Autism (ID/A) and expanded in 1999 to support individuals throughout the entire Southeastern Region of Pennsylvania including: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
PCHC is the Southeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Unit (HCQU). The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs considers PCHC the model for its HCQU initiative, and currently eight HCQUs function across the Commonwealth.
While PCHC staff provide no direct health care services, they work on a wide range of activities to promote accessible and responsive community health care. Our staff efforts include:
- Education and training on many health care topics
- Support for teams addressing complex medical issues
- Development of useful health care materials
- Clinical reviews to clarify behavioral health issues
- Nursing reviews to assist with complicated medical issues
- Reviews of incident data to identify health care risks and design migration strategies
- Public health projects to raise awareness about health care and disability issues.
The wide variety of initiatives allow PCHC staff to work with:
- Individuals with ID/A
- Provider Agencies
- Supports Coordination Units
- County and state government representatives
- Advocacy and public health organizations
- Community health care providers
- Managed care organizations