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About us

We help individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receive the community-based services they need and deserve.

The Health Care Quality Unit (HCQU) works with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health programs in 13 central Pennsylvania counties to provide health care management services for persons with developmental disabilities. Our goal is that all people living in Pennsylvania, regardless of ability, receive the finest community services available -- assuring that they are as healthy as possible and can fully participate in community life.

We provide free health-related training to caregivers so that they can better assist persons with developmental disabilities. We focus on individual outcomes, enhanced physical and behavioral health and an organized system of care.


  • Assure that the basic health and safety needs of people in all licensed residential living situations are met
  • Assist in educating caregivers in residential and day program settings about health, nutrition, therapies, medications and treatments
  • Gather and analyze information to improve services
  • Provide information about physicians, dentists, and other practitioners, as well as access to other available health providers and support

Primary activities

  • Provide health-related training
  • Assess individual health and systems of care
  • Provide clinical health care expertise to county and day program providers
  • Assist case managers in obtaining better information about health issues
  • Measure individual outcomes

The HCQU does not

  • Provide direct or primary health care
  • License or regulate activities
  • Replace established community resources
  • Manage crises
  • Diagnose or prescribe medication
  • Provide direct consultation