Specialized Services

Specialized Services

CILCP provides statewide Specialized Services to people in nursing homes and other home or community-based facilities who have been referred by the state.

Pre-Admission Screenings

As a requirement of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 87) The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) reviews records of persons seeking admission, or who have been admitted, to nursing facilities to see if they meet the clinical criteria for further review by DPW program offices of Mental Health (MH), Intellectual Disability (ID) or Other Related Condition (ORC). The CILCP meets with targeted individuals to explain the Specialized Services Program. Services available can include: training; community integration, Service Coordination, peer counseling, support groups and transportation to assist people to function as independently as possible.

Ensuring Consumers Receive Adequate Provisions 

CILCP staff meets with consumers in nursing homes on a regular basis to discuss their care and respond to questions or concerns.


CILCP provides encouragement to individuals living in nursing homes and other home or community-based facilities through community integration, peer mentoring and other supportive services.

Peer Counselors

Peer Counselors visit targeted residents in the DME program and perform a non-clinical assessment with the resident’s permission to ask questions regarding the DME currently provided to the resident and to determine the potential for additional or different DME that would better meet the needs of the individual.

PA Exceptional Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Program

Through the DME program, CILCP staff meet with targeted nursing facility residents to discuss durable medical equipment needs and make recommendations to the nursing facility, while monitoring the progress of their application process. The Durable Medical Equipment/Ventilator Exceptional Payment Grant Program is available to eligible individuals on Medical Assistance. 

Covered Equipment Includes:

  • Manual Wheelchairs
  • Motorized Wheelchairs
  • Augmentative Communications Devices
  • Air Fluidized Beds 
  • Low Air Loss Beds

Equipment must be medically necessary for the resident to maintain the his/her highest level of functioning with Activities of Daily Living.

If you would like more information on CILCP’s Specialized Services, please contact Sophia Ann Talbot, Director of Specialized Services at ahneimer@cilcp.wpmudev.host or by telephone at 717-731-1900.

“CILCP is our advocate. They assessed my Aunt, identified her desires, and found ways to increase her quality of life. She lights up when she receives music therapy at the nursing home. It brings her great joy.”—Cheyanne Morris 

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