RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


OCDEL and OMHSAS Issue Behavior Supports for Young Children
January 22, 2009

The Offices of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) have issued a joint announcement: Behavior Supports for Young Children.  The purpose of the announcement is to clarify and better define how the early intervention and behavioral health service systems can work together to serve children from birth to five years of age. The announcement reflects the growing collaboration between OCDEL and OMHSAS and the effort to better meet the social and emotional development, intervention, and treatment needs of young children. The announcement reviews:

  • Services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers through early intervention programs;
  • Services that are available to this population through the state and county behavioral health care systems;
  • Eligibility and access standards for early intervention services; and
  • Eligibility and access guidelines related to private insurance and publicly funded¬† behavioral health services.

The announcement calls upon county Early Intervention program, county Mental Health and Mental Retardation Administrators, and CASSP Coordinators to share this information with providers in both systems and with families. Questions regarding this announcement should be directed to OCDEL (717-346-9320 or ra-ocdintervention@pa.gov) or OMHSAS (717-705-8289 or shepeters@state.pa.us). The full text of the announcement is available from the link above.

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