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CHIP HAS EXPANDED TO COVER ALL UNINSURED KIDS AND TEENS IN PENNSYLVANIA.  NOW, NO FAMILY MAKES TOO MUCH MONEY TO QUALIFY FOR CHIP.

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Now, no family makes too much money for CHIP because there are no income limits!  For many families, CHIP is free -- others low cost.

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   All to often, We find ourselves or someone we know needing some help and not knowing where or how to find help, only making the problem feel/seem worst. I have tried to put State program's that might be able to help, Please keep in mind these are the program's I was able to find, if you don't find one to help you in your need. Please call your Local Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848. They might be able to help you or steer you in the right direction or to someone who can help.

   I came across a program called GuideLine which is run by volunteers with directories.  They have numerous contact numbers as well as agency with phone numbers that might be able to assist you. Their Phone Number is_________________. Please check below first as I have researched this alot fot this page. I am in the process of doing a Local Resource  and a Veterans page, If you would like to submit a program, that would help benefit others.  Please use are Contact US page.

COMPASS
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services
Go to COMPASS and apply online today!

COMPASS is the simple and fast way to apply online for social services offered by the
Commonwealth.With the click of a button,you can learn about services,see if you
qualify for programs, apply for those services and reapply when it’s time for renewal.
Visit COMPASS try it out.

You can use COMPASS for the following programs/services. More information about
these services is available on the pages that follow.

• Health Care Coverage
-Medicaid
- Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
-adultBasic Health Insurance
• Food Stamp Benefits
• Cash Assistance
• Long-Term Living Services
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
• Free or Reduced Price School Meals


All COMPASS applications are available in English and
Spanish.



CASH ASSISTANCE
GENERAL ASSISTANCE (GA)

Department of Public Welfare

GA provides money primarily to single individuals and childless couples
who do not have enough income to meet their needs as a result of
circumstances that prevent them from working.

Contact: Bradford County Assistance Office or PA DPW Helpline
Phone: Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848
PA DPW Helpline: 1-800-692-7462
Web site : PA DPW
Apply Online: COMPASS


REFUGEE CASH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Department of Public Welfare

Cash assistance may be available under the Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program for
refugees who do not meet Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligibility
requirements.   RCA is a federally-funded cash assistance program that may
be provided for eight months from the date of entry into the United States.

Contact: Refugee Cash Assistance Program or PA DPW Helpline
Phone: 717-346-1094
PA DPW Helpline: 1-800-692-7462 or Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848
Web site: Refugee Cash Assistance Program


STATE BLIND PENSION PROGRAM

Department of Public Welfare

Provides blind pension benefits for certain residents of Pennsylvania who
meet visual requirements and other conditions of eligibility. Benefits include a cash
payment and medical benefits.


Contact: Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848 or PA DPW Helpline: 1-800-692-7462
Web site: DPW Helpline
Apply Online: COMPASS



CASH ASSISTANCE 
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
(TANF)
Department of Public Welfare


Provides money for dependent children who are deprived of financial support from
their parents as a result of death, absence, incapacity or unemployment of one or both
of their parents.

Contact: or Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848 or PA DPW Helpline 1-800-692-7462
Web site: PA DPW Helpline
Apply Online: COMPASS


CHILD HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE
PROGRAM (CHIP)

Department of Insurance


Offers free and low-cost health care coverage for children. A family of four can earn up
to $47,000 a year to qualify and take advantage of a comprehensive benefit package
including doctor visits, prescription drugs and immunizations, to name a few. CHIP is a
nationally recognized program.

Contact: CHIP
Phone: 1-800-986-KIDS (1-800-986-5437) – Health & Human Services Call Center
TTY 1-877-232-7640
Web site: HelpInPA or COMPASS
Apply Online: COMPASS

LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM
Department of Health


LEAD HAZARD CONTROL PROGRAM
Helps to create lead-safe homes for low-income families with children age six and
under, through lead hazard risk assessments and lead hazard control activities.


CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM (CLPPP)
Offers blood-lead screen and follow-up tests for children age six and under, with a focus
on those children at highest risk for lead poisoning (for example, children who reside in
homes built before 1978). Also provides:


• Referral for diagnostic services and medical treatment
• Assessment of environmental lead hazards when there is a confirmed case of lead
poisoning
• Community, professional and parent education regarding the hazards of lead poisoning
Contact: Lead Information Helpline
Phone: 1-800-440-LEAD (1-800-440-5323) – Health & Human Services Call Center



CHILD HEALTH AND SAFETY
PA NEWBORN SCREENING SERVICES


Department of Health


Provides screening services to identify disorders in newborns,
including two mandatory tests:

• Hearing loss
• A metabolic condition that causes serious medical problems, brain damage or death
Early detection, diagnosis and treatment can prevent permanent disability, severe mental
retardation, life-threatening complications and death.

Contact: Newborn Screening Services
Phone: 1-800-986-BABY (1-800-986-2229) Health & Human Services Call Center
Web site: PA Family Health or HelpInPA

SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME (SIDS)/INFANT
DEATH SERVICES

Department of Health

Provides services to reduce the incidence of SIDS through a public education campaign
and to support families affected by sudden infant death. Services provided include:

• Information
• Bereavement counseling
• Support group referrals
• Follow-up contacts to families who experience an infant death
• Education and consultation to health care providers
Contact: Maternal and Child Health Consultants located in local
Department of Health District Offices
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: PA Family Health



CHILD PROTECTION AND PLACEMENT
ADOPTION PROGRAMS

Department of Public Welfare

Brings together children who need families and families who have been approved to
adopt. Brings together all of the adoption process parties and supports families and
children through the adoption process.

Contact: Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN),
Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE)
Phone: 1-800-585-SWAN (1-800-585-7926)
Web site: Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange


CHILDLINE ABUSE HOTLINE
Department of Public Welfare

Available 24 hours to receive reports of suspected child abuse. Callers may remain
anonymous if they choose.

Contact: Childline Abuse Hotline
Phone: 1-800-932-0313
Web site: Childline Abuse Hotline


FOSTER CARE
Department of Public Welfare

Provides temporary care for children who are unable to remain in their own homes
and are placed in the custody of the county children and youth agency by the courts.
Foster parents are individuals who are committed to providing a safe, temporary
home for children who have been abused, neglected and/or are unable to remain living
in their own homes.

Contact: Pennsylvania State Foster Parent Association
Phone: 1-800-951-5151
Web site: PA Foster Care or PA Foster Parent Association



EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
CHILD CARE SUBSIDY

Department of Public Welfare

Helps eligible working parents pay for child care expenses. Provides information and
counseling to all parents regarding early care and education services that are available in
their communities.

Contact: Child Care Works
Phone: 1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437)
Web site:
CHILD CARE TRAINING
Department of Public Welfare

Provides free and low-cost training to child care staff in child care centers, group
homes, family day care homes and to relative/neighbor caregivers.Training
opportunities include workshops, conferences and college courses to enhance all
levels of professional development.

Contact: PA Key
Phone: 1-800-284-6031
Web site: PA EARLY LEARNING KEYS TO QUALITY


EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION TRAINING, PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT AND QUALITY SUPPORTS

Department of Public Welfare

Provides free and low-cost training and professional development to early care and
education staff in child care centers, group homes and to relative/neighbor caregivers.
Training opportunities include workshops, conferences and college courses to enhance
all levels of professional development. Participants in the Keystone STARS program
whose facility serves at least 5 percent of low-income children are eligible to receive
financial resources and technical assistance to strengthen their quality of services.

Contact: Office of Child Development
Phone: 717-346-9320
Web site: PA EARLY LEARNING KEYS TO QUALITY



EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
EARLY INTERVENTION

Department of Public Welfare

Provides services and supports to help families with children with developmental delays
between birth and three years of age. Services can include information on how children
develop, early childhood education and interventions, ideas for how families can help
children both at home and in the community and plans designed to enhance children’s
growth and learning.

Contact: CONNECT Helpline
Phone: 1-800-692-7288
Web site: PA Early Intervention


FOOD AND NUTRITION
CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM

Department of Education

Provides meals and snacks to eligible participants in licensed non-profit or for-profit
non-residential family and group day care homes, child or adult day care centers.
Meals and snacks must meet healthy nutrition requirements.

Contact: Your child or adult care provider
Web site: Pennsylvania Department of Education


COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)
Department of Agriculture

Provides a box of food each month to eligible women, children, infants and seniors who
are nutritionally at risk.

Contact: PA Bureau of Food Distribution
Phone: 1-800-468-2433
Web site: PA Bureau of Food Distribution


FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM (FMNP)
Department of Agriculture

Provides qualified senior citizens as well as Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
recipients with checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at approved farm markets
and farm stands in Pennsylvania.

Contact: PA Bureau of Food Distribution
Phone: 1-800-468-2433
Web site: PA Bureau of Food Distribution


FOOD AND NUTRITION -FOOD STAMPS
Department of Public Welfare

Provides assistance to those who have sufficient income to meet most of
their basic living costs but still need help to supplement food expenses.

Contact: Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848 or PA DPW Helpline: 1-800-692-7462
Web site: PA Food Stamps Program
Apply Online: COMPASS


NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND SCHOOL
BREAKFAST PROGRAMS

Department of Education


Provides free and reduced-price meals to low-income children in participating public
and non-public schools.Meals must meet healthy nutrition requirements.

Contact: Local school district or non-public school
Web site: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Apply Online: COMPASS


NUTRITION PROGRAM
Department of Health

Promotes the daily consumption of five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day
for all Pennsylvanians. Provides opportunities for preschool children to learn about the
benefits of healthy eating.

Contact: Nutrition Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: PA Good Nutrition



FOOD AND NUTRITION PENNSYLVANIA NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM
(PA NEP)

Department of Public Welfare

Provides nutrition education to adults, school-aged children and preschool children who
are food stamp eligible or potentially eligible.The NEP promotes the consumption of
five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily, the use of the USDA Food Guidance
system/Dietary Guidelines to make healthy food choices, and healthy lifestyles that
incorporate physical activity and support a healthy weight.

Contact: Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Program
Phone: 814-863-0074
Web site:Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Program; click on PA NEP


SIMPLY DELICIOUS - SIMPLY NUTRITIOUS PROGRAM
Department of Agriculture


Promotes Pennsylvania produce at grocery stores and farm markets statewide.The
Simply Delicious logo indicates fresh, locally grown produce.

Contact: Simply Delicious – Simply Nutritious, Department of Agriculture,
Bureau of Market Development
Phone: 717-787-6901
Web site: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
Department of Education

Provides breakfasts, lunches and snacks for children at nutrition sites in low-income
areas during the summer months when school is no longer in session. Eligible sponsors
include public and non-public schools, non-profit organizations and units of local
government.

Contact: Summer Food Service Program
Phone: 1-800-331-0129
Web site: Pennsylvania Department of Education



FOOD AND NUTRITION
THE EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TEFAP)

Department of Agriculture

Provides assistance to low-income individuals with commodities, which are provided to
counties for distribution to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies
that provide food assistance to needy individuals.

Contact: PA Bureau of Food Distribution
Phone: 1-800-468-2433
Web site: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture


WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)
NUTRITION PROGRAM

Department of Health

Provides services to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children
under age five. A family of four may earn up to $35,798 and be income-eligible for WIC.
Services include:

• Nutrition education
• Breastfeeding support
• Referrals to health care and community services
• Checks/vouchers for the purchase of healthy foods, including milk, juices, peanut
butter, cheese, eggs, dried beans/peas, cereal, infant formula and tuna fish.
Contact: WIC
Phone: 1-800-WIC-WINS (1-800-942-9467)
Web site: PA Family Health



HEALTH AND SAFETY
ARTHRITIS PROGRAM

Department of Health

Offers information and resources about arthritis and chronic joint symptoms, which
affect approximately one third of Pennsylvanians. Resources for self-management of
arthritis include the following:

• Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program, a water physical activity program
• Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, a community-based recreational physical
activity program
• Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program, a self-management education intervention
Contact: Arthritis Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: ARTHRITIS PROGRAM 


ASTHMA CONTROL PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides information and resources to Pennsylvanians about asthma, a chronic disease
of the lungs that affects close to 10 percent of the school-age population. Offers
information on how asthma attacks can be prevented.

Contact: Asthma Control Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Asthma Control Program


CHRONIC RENAL DISEASE PROGRAM (CRDP)
Department of Health

Provides life-saving care and treatment for both children and adults with end-stage renal
disease, and offers services such as:

• Dialysis
• Renal transplantation
• Medical management
• In-patient and outpatient services
• Home dialysis supplies and equipment
• Medications
• Limited patient transportation
Contact: Chronic Renal Disease Program
Phone: 717-772-2762
Web site: PA Family Health



HEALTH AND SAFETY 
DIABETES PROGRAM

Department of Health

Provides information and resources about diabetes, a chronic and life-threatening disease
that affects approximately 8 percent–or more than 960,000–Pennsylvanians.

Contact: Diabetes Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Diabetes Program


HEALTHY WOMAN PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides free breast and cervical screening for eligible women. If you are 50 to 64 years
of age, have no or limited insurance and have low to moderate income (for example, if a
family of four has a monthly income of less than $4,031), you may be eligible for free
mammograms and Pap tests.

Contact: Healthy Woman Program
Phone: 1-800-215-7494 (voice) or 1-800-332-8615 (TTY)
Web site: Healthy Woman Program  


HEART DISEASE AND STROKE PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides resources and information about heart disease, which is the number one killer
of both women and men in Pennsylvania. Also provides information about stroke, which
is the third leading cause of death and a major cause of adult disability.

Contact: Heart Disease and Stroke Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Heart Disease Program  or  Stroke Program

HEPATITIS PROGRAMS
Department of Health

PERINATAL HEPATITIS B PREVENTION PROGRAM

Provides hepatitis B vaccine for infants and individuals in frequent, close contact with
hepatitis B virus–infected pregnant women.

HEPATITIS B VACCINATION FOR HIGH-RISK ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS

Provides hepatitis A, hepatitis B and combination hepatitis A and B vaccines for clients
11 years of age and older who are at risk.

Contact (Both Programs): 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site (Both Programs): HEPATITIS PROGRAMS 



HEALTH AND SAFETY
HIV/AIDS PROGRAM

Department of Health

Provides HIV prevention and care services throughout Pennsylvania for individuals
infected with and affected by HIV disease and for those at-risk for contracting HIV.
Offers programs and resources to prevent disease and change high-risk behavior, as well
as provide resources for sustaining preventative behavior and avoiding infection. Services
provided include free counseling and testing, case management, housing assistance,
access to medications, emergency medical care and education materials.

Contact: AIDS Counseling and Testing
Phone: 1-800-662-6080
Web site: HIV/AIDS PROGRAM  


IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMS
Department of Health

Provides resources and information about vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as
providing vaccines for specific diseases that affect infants, children, adolescents and
adults. Offers the following services:

• Educational materials
• Ongoing disease surveillance
• Enforcement of school and childcare immunization regulations
• Disease investigation
• Assessment of immunization coverage levels
• Registry and tracking systems
• Outbreak control interventions
VACCINES FOR CHILDREN (VFC) PROGRAM

Provides vaccines free of charge to public and private providers for eligible children.
Children ages 18 and younger are eligible if they are enrolled in Medicaid are without
insurance or are American Indian or Alaskan Native. Children with health insurance that
does not cover vaccination are also eligible to receive VFC vaccines at public clinic sites.

Contact: Immunization Programs
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Immunization Programs 



HEALTH AND SAFETY
INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM

Department of Health

Provides resources and information to encourage Pennsylvanians to practice safety and
reduce their risk of injury.The top causes of preventable injuries that lead to
hospitalization and death are motor vehicle crashes, poisonings, falls, suffocations,
fires/burns and drowning.

Contact: Injury Prevention Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Injury Prevention Program


ORAL HEALTH PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides resources and information about dental health. Dental disease is the most
common chronic disease in children, and it is almost totally preventable.

Contact: Oral Health Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Oral Health Program


OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides resources and education for Pennsylvanians regarding osteoporosis, a weakening
of the bones and loss of bone mass. By 2020, half of all Americans over 50 will have
weak bones unless changes to eating habits and lifestyles are made.

Contact: Osteoporosis Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site:Osteoporosis Program  


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAM
Department of Health

Promotes the incorporation of at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity by all
Pennsylvanians. Supports the Keystone State Games, a statewide, annual competition for
amateur athletes. Provides education on the benefits of daily physical activity, such as
reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, decreased bone loss, increased energy and ability
to manage stress, improved sleep and weight control.

Contact: Physical Activity Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Physical Activity Program 



HEALTH AND SAFETY
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STD) PROGRAM

Department of Health

Provides free, confidential testing for sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia,
HIV, gonorrhea and syphilis. Also provides treatment, education, surveillance, and
resources to prevent and intervene in the transmission of STDs.

Contact: STD Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: STD Program


SICKLE CELL DISEASE PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides comprehensive medical treatment and psychosocial services, care coordination,
and education to children and adults with sickle cell disease.

Contact: Sickle Cell Disease Program
Phone: 717-772-2762
Web site: PA Family Health


SKIN CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides information and resources to Pennsylvanians about the dangers of skin cancer.
One serious sunburn can double your risk of developing skin cancer. One person dies
from skin cancer every hour in the United States, and children and young adults are
most at risk. Provides tips for protecting skin from the sun.

Contact: Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Cancer Prevention and Control Program


TUBERCULOSIS (TB) PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides education, resources and testing for tuberculosis. Encourages individuals
belonging to high-risk groups to be tested. High-risk groups include those with HIV,
intravenous drug users, foreign-born persons from TB-prevalent countries and especially
those who have come in close contact with individuals with infectious tuberculosis.

Contact: Tuberculosis Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Tuberculosis Program



HOUSING AND UTILITIES
HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HAP)

Department of Public Welfare

Offers services to help prevent homelessness, help people who are homeless to find
refuge and care and assist clients in moving toward self-sufficiency.

Contact: Local HAP Helpline
Phone: or Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848
Web site: Local HAP Helpline


LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM (LIHEAP)

Department of Public Welfare


Helps low-income households meet their home heating needs via energy-assistance grants.
Assistance can take the form of cash benefits to assist with heating bills, crisis benefits to
resolve heating emergencies and weatherization/energy conservation assistance to
provide long-range solutions.

Contact: LIHEAP

Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848
Phone: 1-866-857-7095
Web site:  LIHEAP
Local Contact: See county assistance office listing on pages 32–34.
Stay Warm Helpline: 1-866-550-4355 Apply Online: COMPASS


PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE
Pennsylvania Lottery

Provides rebates for qualified individuals, based on age, disability and income.

Contact: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Hotline
Phone: 1-888-222-9190


WEATHERIZATION
Department of Community and Economic Development

Provides assistance to low-income individuals and families to reduce their energy costs
while safeguarding their health and safety. Priority given to those low-income residents at
higher risk, including older adults, individuals with disabilities and families with children.

Contact: Stay Warm Helpline
Phone: 1-866-550-4355
 



MEDICAL CARE AND COVERAGE
adultBasic
Department of Insurance

Offers basic benefits to qualifying individuals and families,
based on income. Benefits include preventative care, physician services, diagnosis and
treatment of illness or injury, in-patient hospitalization, outpatient hospital services and
emergency accident and medical care.


Contact: adultBasic
Phone: 1-800-GO-BASIC (1-800-462-2742) – Health & Human Services Call Center
Web site: Help in PA
Apply Online: COMPASS


AIDS WAIVER
Department of Public Welfare

Provides services that are not paid for under the Medicaid program to eligible persons
with AIDS or Symptomatic HIV Disease. Offers programs to persons 21 or older with
AIDS/HIV home health care services, nutritional consultation, nutritional supplements
and specialized medical equipment and supplies.

Contact: AIDS Waiver
Phone: 717-772-2525
Web site: AIDS Waiver
 


COMPREHENSIVE SPECIALTY CARE PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides comprehensive services to children with cardiac, cleft palate, orthopedic and
neuromuscular conditions, as well as those with hearing and speech impairment and
ventilator dependency. Also offers comprehensive services to children and adults with
Cooley’s anemia, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and spina bifida. Direct payment for services
is available to enrolled clients per a fee schedule.

Contact: Comprehensive Specialty Care Program
Phone: 717-772-2762
Web site: PA Family Health



MEDICAL CARE AND COVERAGE
MEDICAID

Department of Public Welfare

Provides payment for health care services on behalf of
eligible low-income individuals and individuals with limited income and high medical expenses.


Contact: Medicaid

Phone: 1-800-986-5437 – Health & Human Services Call Center
Web site: Medicaid or Help in PA
Local Contact: Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848


PA DPW Helpline: 1-800-692-7462
Apply Online: COMPASS

 

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (MATP)
Department of Public Welfare

Provides transportation to medical services for Medical Assistance (MA) consumers
who do not have other transportation available to them.The transportation services
may include any of the following:

• Tickets or tokens to ride public transportation
• Mileage reimbursement for use of a private car
• Paratransit services (for example, in a van)
Contact: EMTA
Phone:
PA DPW Helpline: 1-800-692-7462


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR WORKERS
WITH DISABILITIES (MAWD)

Department of Public Welfare

Provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enter and remain in the
workforce while receiving Medicaid coverage. Eligible individuals pay a monthly premium
to receive MAWD.

Contact: Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities

Phone: 1-800-986-5437 – Health & Human Services Call Center

Web site: Medical Assistance   or Help in PA

Local Contact: Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848

PA DPW Helpline: 1-800-692-7462

Apply Online: COMPASS




MEDICAL CARE AND COVERAGE
SPECIAL PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS PROGRAM (SPBP)

Department of Public Welfare

Helps eligible low- and moderate-income individuals and families pay for specific
drug therapies used for the treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS or a DSM-IV
diagnosis for schizophrenia.

Contact: Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program
Phone: 1-800-922-9384
Web site: Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program


MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Department of Public Welfare

Provides services to help children, adolescents and adults to remain in their communities,
including services for individuals with both mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Provides services through community and hospital programs, including outpatient, partial,
residential, short-term in-patient hospital care, emergency crisis intervention services,
counseling, information, referral and case management services.

Contact: Behavioral Health Services
Phone: 717-787-6443
Local Contact: Bradford County MH/MR; -------------.
Web site: Behavioral Health Services

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICE SYSTEM PROGRAM
(CASSP)

Department of Public Welfare

Provides community outreach services, including home and community behavioral
health services. Also provides family-based rehabilitation services and residential
treatment services for children/adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.

Contact: Child and Adolescent Service System Program
Phone: 717-787-6443
Web site: Child and Adolescent Service System Program



MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROGRAM

Department of Health

Provides for the prevention, intervention, rehabilitation and treatment of drug and
alcohol abuse. Individuals can receive confidential referral to treatment or counseling
programs.Treatment may be free for eligible individuals.

Contact: Drug and Alcohol Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Drug and Alcohol Program


TOBACCO PREVENTION AND CESSATION PROGRAM
Department of Health

Provides free resources to assist Pennsylvanians in the effort to quit tobacco use.When
compared with tobacco users who try to quit on their own, tobacco users who make
quit attempts with telephone support and self-help advice are approximately twice as
likely to be successful.

Contact: PA Free Quitline
Phone: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-866-228-4327 (TTY)
Web site: PA Free Quitline 

MENTAL RETARDATION
MENTAL RETARDATION SERVICES

Department of Public Welfare

Provides a wide array of services and support for people with mental retardation,
including the following:

• Community residential services in family living settings, single apartments with a
roommate and group homes
• Support in the person’s home or his/her family home
• Day services, including supported employment, vocational training and
day habilitation
• Home and vehicle adaptations
• Respite care
• Transportation
Contact: Office of Mental Retardation
Phone: 1-888-565-9435
Local Contact: Bradford County MH/MR
Web site:MENTAL RETARDATION SERVICES 



MISCELLANEOUS
LEGAL SERVICES

Department of Public Welfare

Assists Pennsylvania residents who need help with a civil, not criminal, legal matter and
cannot afford an attorney.

Contact: Pennsylvania Legal Services
Phone: 1-800-322-7572
Web site: Pennsylvania Legal Services
 


ORGAN DONATION
Department of Health

Provides resources and information to encourage Pennsylvanians to become organ and
tissue donors. Individuals who wish to be organ donors are encouraged to sign and
carry a donor card, designate “organ donor” on their driver’s license or photo
identification card, or clearly state their designation on a living will. In Pennsylvania
alone, there are nearly 6,500 people who are waiting for life-saving organ transplants.

Contact: Organ Donation Program
Phone: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Web site: Organ Donation Program


PREGNANCY AND FAMILY PLANNING
ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTION

Department of Public Welfare

Offers free, caring, confidential and life-affirming options to abortion. Available to
individuals who are involved in an unplanned pregnancy, and to parents of infants up to
12 months of age.

Contact: Alternatives to Abortion
Phone: 1-888-LIFEAID (1-888-543-3243)
Web site: Alternatives to Abortion



PREGNANCY AND FAMILY PLANNING 
FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM

Department of Health, Department of Public Welfare

Family planning in Pennsylvania provides services, information and counseling on health
care for women, men and teens. Services are free or low-cost and are always
confidential.They include:

• Routine gynecological care
• Pregnancy testing
• Contraceptives
• Cervical cancer exams
• Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
• Educational counseling
Contact: Regional numbers below will direct you to a local family planning agency
Southeast PA: 215-985-2600
Northeast PA: 1-800-367-6347

Central PA: 717-761-7380
Western PA: 1-800-215-7494
Web site: PA Family Health or FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM

GENETIC SERVICES PROGRAM
Department of Health


Helps low-income individuals and families learn about birth defects and genetic conditions,
and the risk of having an infant born with one of these conditions. Services include:

• Genetic screening and counseling
• Education and referral services
• Pre-pregnancy health appraisals
Contact: Genetic Services Program
Phone: 1-800-986-BABY (1-800-986-2229) – Health & Human Services Call Center
Web site: PA Family Health or Help in PA



PREGNANCY AND FAMILY PLANNING
LOVE ’EM WITH A CHECK UP PROGRAM

Department of Health


Assists low-income women and their families in obtaining prenatal care and related
health and human services. Provides general information and referral for Medicaid, the
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and adultBasic.

Contact: Healthy Baby Helpline
Phone: 1-800-986-BABY (1-800-986-2229) – Health & Human Services Call Center
Web site: PA Family Health or Help in PA

SAFE HAVEN
Department of Public Welfare

Provides a safe option for new mothers not ready for motherhood and their newborn
babies–with no questions asked.Young women can take comfort in knowing they don’t
need to abandon their babies because there’s a safe alternative. All hospitals in
Pennsylvania are safe havens for newborn babies as long as the baby is unharmed and
under 28 days old. No one will ask who is dropping off the child or where they live. No
one needs to know the woman was pregnant or that a baby was even delivered. Help is
also available during pregnancy. A confidential phone number (listed below) is available
to explore all options and find additional services.

Contact: Safe Haven
Phone: 1-866-921-SAFE (1-866-921-7233)
Web site: Safe Haven  


SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
WITH DISABILITIES
CARING FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Department of Public Welfare

Early Intervention is a program that helps develop the potential of children who are
developing more slowly than typical children. Offers services free of charge, including
speech therapy, physical therapy and parent education/support. Services may be
provided in a variety of settings, including the child’s home, child care center, nursery
school, play group, Head Start program or other setting familiar to the family.

CONNECT Helpline: 1-800-692-7288 (answers about child development and
specific disabilities)
Child Care Works: 1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437)
Web site: CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 



SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
WITH DISABILITIES 
CARING FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

SPECIAL KIDS NETWORK
Department of Health


Special Kids Network and Recreation and Leisure

Connects children with special needs including autism and their families with services to
enrich their lives. Improves access to services by providing comprehensive information
and links to service agencies.

Special Kids Network Community Systems Development

Works with and within communities to support the creation and improvement of
services for children with special health care needs and their families. Activities include
needs assessment, coalition development, technical assistance and resource development.

Contact: SKN and Recreation and Leisure, SKN Community Systems Development
Phone: 1-800-986-4550 – Health & Human Services Call Center
Web site:PA Family Health or Help in PA

HEAD INJURY PROGRAM (HIP)
Department of Health


Provides post-acute rehabilitation services for eligible Pennsylvanians, age 21 and
over, who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after July 1, 1985. Resources
available include:

• Toll-free Brain Injury Helpline that provides information and referral services
• Brain Injury Resource Library
• Pre-enrollment assistance that helps individuals with TBI access brain
injury services
Contact: Public Health Program
Phone: 717-772-2762
Brain Injury Helpline: 1-866-412-4755 – Health & Human Services Call Center
Web site: PA Family Health or Help in PA



SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
WITH DISABILITIES
HOME MODIFICATIONS AND ADAPTATIONS


Department of Aging, Department of Community and
Economic Development, Department of Labor & Industry,


Department of Public Welfare

Provides financial assistance to pay for modifications to make a home accessible for a person
with a disability. Assistance is available for projects like ramps, grab bars and stair glides.

Contact: Home Modifications and Adaptations
Phone: 1-866-286-3636 – Health & Human Services Call Center
Web site: Help in PA


LONG-TERM LIVING SERVICES
Department of Public Welfare


Provides services to allow a person under 60 years of age with physical, mental or
other disabilities to live as independently as possible; offers a wide range of assistance,
services or devices provided over an extended period of time and designed to meet
medical, personal and social needs in a variety of settings or locations.

Services provided in the home cover a wide range of needs, including home health care,
personal care (assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, toileting, etc.),
housekeeping, shopping assistance, laundry, caregiver relief, transportation, assistance with
routine household chores and home-delivered meals.

Contact: Long-Term Care Line
Phone: 1-866-286-3636 – Health & Human Services Call Center
Alternate Contact: PA Department of Public Welfare at 1-800-757-5042
Web site: Long-Term Care Line  or Help in PA
Local Contact: Bradford County Assistance Office 265-9186 or visit their office located at 715 Main Street, Towanda, PA. 18848
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OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (OVR)
Department of Labor & Industry

Helps people with disabilities to get and keep jobs and live independently. Services
include counseling and guidance, job training and physical and mental restoration.

Contact: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Phone: 1-800-442-6351 (voice) or 1-800-233-3008 (TTY)
Web site: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation



SERVICES FOR OLDER PENNSYLVANIANS
ALZHEIMERS DISEASE AND RELATED DISORDERS

Department of Aging

Provides information and referral services through a toll-free helpline.

Contact: Alzheimer’s Association
Phone: 1-800-438-4380
Web site: PA Department of Aging


APPRISE
Department of Aging

Helps Pennsylvanians understand their Medicare and other health insurance benefits
and assist them in making the best decisions. Specially trained APPRISE counselors can
answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, long-term care insurance,
Medicare Advantage Plans and the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Contact: APPRISE
Phone: 1-800-783-7067
Web site: PA Department of Aging


AREA AGENCIES ON AGING
Department of Aging

Provides and coordinates services for older Pennsylvanians. Provides information on
transportation, health care, homemaker services, employment, legal aid and other programs.

Contact: Area Agency on Aging
Phone: 265-6121



SERVICES FOR OLDER PENNSYLVANIANS
CONSUMER PROTECTION AND OLDER ADULT
PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Department of Aging

Protects Pennsylvanians aged 60 and older from abuse, neglect, exploitation and
abandonment by offering services. Phone number available 24 hours a day to report
older adults who need protective services. Also, an ombudsman is available to
investigate complaints made by or on behalf of older persons and the Office of
Consumer Advocate will assist with problems with utilities, whether they pertain to
service, billing or other matters.

Contact: Area Agency on Aging
Phone: 1-800-490-8505 or Bradford County Area Agency on Aging 265-6121

LONG-TERM LIVING/HOME- AND COMMUNITY-BASED
SERVICES

Department of Aging

Provides services in the home covering a wide range of needs, including home
health care, personal care (assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, toileting,
etc.), housekeeping, shopping assistance, laundry, transportation and other routine
household chores.

Contact: Area Agency on Aging
Phone: Bradford County Area Agency on Aging 265-6121


PACE/PACENET
Department of Aging, Pennsylvania Lottery

Offers prescription benefits for qualifying Pennsylvania residents 65 years of age or older.

Contact: PACE/PACENET
Phone: 1-800-225-7223
Web site: PACE/PACENET


SHARED RIDE/FREE TRANSIT PROGRAM
Pennsylvania Lottery, Department of Transportation

Available to persons 65 years of age and older. Services include:

• Door-to-door specialized transportation services at a reduced fare
• Free rides on scheduled fixed-route public transit services during off-peak hours on
weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays
Contact: Local public transportation providers for more information.



TRAUMA / ABUSE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES

Department of Public Welfare

Provides emergency crisis intervention services to individuals who left their homes or
consider leaving their homes because of physical assault. Provides emergency and
ongoing social services, including:

• 24-hour crisis hotline
• Temporary shelter for victims and victims’ families
• Ongoing individual counseling and support groups
• Referral to other community services
• Advocacy and support services
All services are provided without consideration of the client’s family income.

Also provides prevention education programs to reduce the incidence and lessen the
risk of domestic violence in the community at large and community education and
professional training on the scope and dynamics of domestic violence.

Contact: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Phone: 1-800-537-2238 or 717-545-6400
Local Domestic Violence Center: 1-800-932-4632
Web site: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence  click on “Community-Based Programs”

RAPE CRISIS
Department of Public Welfare

Provides emergency crisis intervention services to clients who need help in dealing with
the trauma of sexual assault. Offers accompaniment through the police, medical and
judicial systems, as well as ongoing supportive counseling to deal with the delayed
effects of the sexual assault.

Contact: Rape Crisis
Phone: 1-800-543-PCAR (1-800-543-7227)
Web site: Rape Crisis

 

 

 

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 PA State Help Lines:

 Healthy Baby
1-800-986-BABY
 
The statewide Healthy Baby help line refers callers to programs that offer free or low costs health care services, based on income. 

 
 Healthy Kids
1-800-986-KIDS (5437)

 
The statewide Healthy Kids help line refers callers to programs that offer free or low costs health care services, based on income. 

 
 Special Kids Network
1-800-986-4550

 
The Special Kids Network links callers to a broad range of services for children with special health care needs. These include health care products, training, recreation and leisure, social services, counseling, support, advocacy, and therapy. 

 
 PA Recreation and Leisure
1-800-986-4550
 
This help line serves individuals with disabilities as an information and referral help line to connect individuals with disabilities with accessible, inclusive recreational activities. By calling the Recreation and Leisure Line individuals can receive information and referrals on available activities and facilities that are accessible and inclusive. 

 
 Lead Information Line
1-800-440-LEAD (5323)

 
The Lead Information Line offers personal help and written information to parents, physicians, contractors and homeowners about lead poisoning and its prevention and control. 

 
 Brain Injury
1-866-412-4755

This information and referral clearinghouse can provide information and resources about the condition and treatment of brain injuries, protection and advocacy services, local support groups, as well as links to other websites. Offers referrals to community and State resources in addition to the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. 

 
 Long Term Care
1-866-286-3636

 
The LTC help line provides information and refers callers to local agencies that can offer assistance with planning and arranging for long term care, needs, and other services. 

 
 adultBasic
1-800-GO-BASIC (462-2742)

The adultBasic help line helps uninsured adults, who meet specific eligibility criteria, get basic health care coverage at an affordable cost. 
 


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