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Principles of Everyday Lives and Recovery

The purpose of this brochure is to outline the basic principles of a recovery oriented system for a dually diagnosed individual. This brochure includes a brief Quality of Life questionnaire that can help facilitate team and individual discussions.

Integrated Health Clinical Review Process Brochure for Bucks County

This brochure describes the PCHC Integrated Health Clinical Review process for individuals registered in Bucks County. The Integrated Health Clinical Review is designed to provide a comprehensive and holistic overview of the person’s physical, environmental and mental health. This process also aids teams supporting people who have an intellectual disability and mental health challenges in utilizing a Recovery frame work.

Integrated Health Clinical Review Process Brochure for Chester County

This brochure describes the PCHC Integrated Health Clinical Review process for individuals registered in Chester County. The Integrated Health Clinical Review is designed to provide a comprehensive and holistic overview of the person’s physical, environmental and mental health. This process also aids teams supporting people who have an intellectual disability and mental health challenges in utilizing a Recovery frame work.

Crisis Evaluation Tips

This one page tip sheet provides basic crisis evaluation suggestions.

DDX Direct Support Curriculum Training Booklet

This booklet provides an overview of the Pennsylvania dual diagnosis direct support curriculum training initiative. An outline of the curriculum, as well as training summaries for each training, is enclosed.

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Brochure

This brochure describes certified peer specialist services and how these services can be accessed.

Accessing Crisis Services and Supports in Southeastern PA

This brochure provides an overview of the warning signs of someone in a crisis, service and support options as well as how to access programs that assist in recovery and promote a healthy everyday life.

Accessing Behavioral Health and/or Substance Use Services in Southeastern PA

This publication was created as a guide to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters in accessing behavioral health and/or substance use services in Southeastern PA. The information provided includes:
  • How to Access Services
  • Managed Care information
  • Available Services provided by County Behavioral Health-Managed Care Organizations
  • Crisis Center Hotline Information

Behavior Specialist Behavior Plans Booklet

This booklet describes Behavioral Consultation Services such as what a Behavior Specialist can do for you and the model for the development of a good Behavior Plan.

Caregiver Strategy Tips

Tips on caregiver strategies in supporting individuals with an intellectual disability and anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mania and psychosis.

Integrated Health Clinical Review Process Brochure

This brochure describes the PCHC Integrated Health Clinical Review process which is designed to provide a comprehensive and holistic overview of the person’s physical, environmental and mental health. This process also aids teams supporting people who have an intellectual disability and mental health challenges in utilizing a Recovery frame work.

Publications - Physical Health

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Booklet

Booklet to help people better understand GERD, to recognize possible symptoms of GERD, and to obtain proper treatment for GERD. This is a common health care condition affecting people with IDD.

Genetic Testing Brochure

The PCHC Genetic Testing Brochure provides the reader with a brief overview of the purpose and process of genetic testing and the benefits of genetic testing regarding identifying medical and behavioral risk factors.  This testing is often recommended for people with ID. Brief overviews of Angelman's, Fragile X and Prader-Willi Syndromes are provided within the brochure as well as where to find additional resources and information regarding genetic testing.

General Guidelines for Nurses in Community Residential Programs Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities Booklet

The guidelines in this booklet are a compilation of potential nursing involvement in the health care of  people with ID. The guidelines should not be construed as a list of required activities to be performed by nurses working in small community homes since it would be relatively impossible for anyone to be responsible for all facets of the activities described.

Management of Pain for people with an Intellectual Disability (ID) & Other Developmental Disabilities

Booklet used as a tool to help providers, family members, caregivers and individuals understand pain management for people with ID and other disabilities.

Hospital Outreach Brochure

Hospitalizations can be challenging for people with an Intellectual Disability (ID) .  Many healthcare providers may have concerns and uncertainties around providing services to people with ID. These issues can create a barrier to optimal health outcomes for people with ID.

Hearing Aid Resources

Here is information with additional resources to obtain insurance coverage and financial assistance for hearing aids.

Men's Health Information Booklet

The Men's Health and Wellness booklet was designed to a handbook for men with ID that can serve as a guideline to living a healthy life.

Navigating the Insurance System Again

It can be difficult and confusing to navigate the health insurance system. This updated guide will help explain each insurance plan, their coordination, the importance of Special Needs Units (SNUs), define medical insurance terminology, eligibility and provide resources.

Safety Reminders

This publication provides an overview of issues to consider as people with an Intellectual Disability (ID) get older and/or experience changes in physical or mental health status. It includes a list of links to many important safety resources.

Preventing Pressure Injuries

The Preventing Pressure Injuries booklet provides staff and families with useful information on pressure injuries and what can be done to prevent them. Some highlights in the booklet include:
  • Who gets pressure injuries
  • Treating pressure injuries
  • Stages of pressure injuries
  • Preventing pressure injuries

Developmental Disabilties Nursing Guidebook

The Developmental Disabilities Nursing Guidebook is a resource that provides useful information about the specialty of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities nursing and health care for people with disabilities.

Specific nursing issues are examined including certification, delegation, documentation and health promotion. The various roles of the ID nurse in a residential agency are explored.

Feeding Tube Resource Packet

Resources and documents helpful in support of people with an Intellectual Disability (ID) that can be adapted to meet your personal needs.

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Fatal Four Resource List

In a continued effort to support the identified Fatal Four Medical Conditions, PCHC created a helpful one-page handout with a list of online resources to support these conditions. Feel free to download and use them in for training, reference or support for a person identified with or at risk for these conditions.

HIRS (Health Information Recording System)

A medical record keeping system designed to meet the needs of individuals, caregivers and health care professionals within the ID system. The entire document can be downloaded here.

All individual HIRS forms can be downloaded from the Forms web page under the Health Information Recording System (HIRS) tab.

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Dysphagia Booklet

A guide for those providing support in the residential home to individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ID) who have a diagnosis of dysphagia or GERD (gastroestophageal reflux disease) or swallowing disorders.

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Diabetes Booklet

The Diabetes Guide provides individuals, families and support staff with useful information about diabetes and tools to support an individual living with diabetes. Some highlights from the guide include:
  • How to Access Services
  • Managed Care information
  • Available Services provided by County Behavioral Health-Managed Care Organizations
  • Crisis Center Hotline Information

Hospital Admission and Discharge Planning Booklet

The information in this booklet is provided as a tool to assist anyone dealing with hospitalizations or facing extended medical care. Some of the topics include:planning for hospital admission, roles and responsibilities of hospital staff and team members, preparing for discharge home or transferring to another health care facility and documentation. Funding was provided by Pennsylvania LINK to Aging and Disability Resources, June 2015.

Dysphagia Resource Directory

A directory developed by the Southeast Region Dysphagia Summit Task Force Committee designed to be a resource guide to help meet the needs of people with intellectual /developmental disabilities .

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Nurses Survey Report

Report on a survey of nurses working in small community residential homes providing health care support for people with ID in the Southeastern Region of Pennsylvania. Click here for a project description.

Nursing Home Panel Review Brochure

The purpose of the Nursing Home Review Panel is to review each Philadelphia Pennhurst or Embreevìlle class member who may need a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility. The Nursing Home Review Panel must be informed of admission to a nursing home or rehabilitation facility in order to monitor progress to ensure quality and discharge.

The Hospital Admission Follow Up Form needs to be submitted to the Nursing Home Review Panel whenever a Pennhurst or Embreeville class member, registered in Philadelphia, is admitted to a hospital. This form needs to be resubmitted anytime there is a change in the placement of the class member who has been hospitalized. The Hospital Admission Follow Up Form is submitted by the Supports Coordinator assigned to the class member.

Special Needs Unit (SNU) Brochure

This brochure provides resource information for the Special Needs Unit (SNU) of the Medicare Managed Care Organizations. This will assist in the coordination of health care services for people with ID.

Sexual Abuse Awareness and Resources Brochure

This brochure outlines critical issues regarding sexual abuse awareness related to people with ID. This brochure answers questions including: What are the risk factors? What should you look for? How can you help? It provides guidance on what you should do if you suspect or witness sexual abuse and provides information on organizations who can help.

Training Topic List

A list of all trainings offered by PCHC. You can schedule any of our trainings listed by calling the Education Department at 215-546-0300 ext. 3206 or by filling out the Training Request Form and faxing it to 215-790-4976.

Wheelchair Guide Brochure

This booklet is intended to assist people, families, advocates, residential supports staff, agency nurses and supports coordinators to obtain safe and appropriate wheelchairs for people with an Intellectual Disability (ID).

Publications - Individuals and Families

Familia HIRS - Un sistema bilingüe (español)

Un sistema bilingüe (español) de mantenimiento de registros médicos diseñado para satisfacer las necesidades de las familias y individuos.

Health Care Mentorship Program

The Health Care Mentorship Program was developed to assist people with an Intellectual Disability (ID) to become more involved in taking control of their health care needs. Examples of some topics which may be of interest are: questions about the person's diagnosis, discussion of health promotion strategies, review of purpose of the medications, how to keep records, schedule physician appointments and insurance discussion.

Hobbies Resource Guide

This guide helps individuals live an everyday life in Southeastern PA. It provides inclusive activities at locations that have arts and crafts, outdoor activities, fitness and more... Check it out!

Letter of Medical Necessity

When planning to write a letter of medical necessity, there are key components that are necessary to include in your letter in order to provide a proficient argument for the requested denied services. Click on the link to download more information and to see a sample letter.

Let's Talk About Sexual Abuse Booklet

This booklet acts as a resource for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and their families. It explains what sexual abuse is, what to do if you are abused and how to get help.

Navigating the Insurance System Again

It can be difficult and confusing to navigate the health insurance system. This updated guide will help explain each insurance plan, their coordination, the importance of Special Needs Units (SNUs), define medical insurance terminology, eligibility and provide resources.

Men's Health Information

The Men's Health and Wellness booklet was designed to provide men with guidelines to living a healthy life. Information covered in this booklet includes communication, exercise and dieting recommendations, helpful hygiene tips and making a plan to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Sexual Abuse Awareness and Resources Brochure

This brochure outlines critical issues regarding sexual abuse awareness related to people with ID. This brochure answers questions including: What are the risk factors? What should you look for? How can you help? It provides guidance on what you should do if you suspect or witness sexual abuse and provides information on organizations who can help.

Special Needs Unit (SNU) Brochure

Call the Special Needs Unit (SNU) regarding EPSDT, Transition Issues, Grievances and Appeal Processes.

Understanding Mental Illness Brochure

This booklet was written as a resource for individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ID) and their families. It helps people to understand what mental illness is and also gives them ideas of what they can do to help themselves feel better.