Intake & Eligibility Criteria

Starting Intake

You can start the ID/A intake process for yourself or a family member by calling the ID/A Intake line at 215-444-2847. 

After talking to our intake staff, you will be sent a letter outlining the documentation that must be submitted as part of the intake process.  A full list of documentation that is required can be found by clicking here.  If you still have questions about the ID/A intake process, please email Stephen Caughie.


Eligibility Requirements

Please click on the tabs below for more information on basic eligibility requirements for registration.

  1. Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
  2. Autism (ASD)
  3. Eligibility Technical Notes

Intellectual Disability (ID)

Intellectual disability (ID) is a condition characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior.   It effects many everyday social and practical skills and emerges during the developmental period (birth to age 22).


Eligibility Criteria for Registration

To be eligible for ID services through Bucks County BH/DP, an individual must meet certain eligibility requirements:

  • Full-scale IQ score of 70 or below on a standardized intelligence test.
  • Substantial functional limitations based upon a standardized assessment of adaptive functioning (either the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales [VABS] or Adaptive Behavioral Assessment Scales [ABAS])
    • Two or more areas of limitation are required for registration.
    • Three or more areas of limitation are required for Waiver eligibility.  
  • Diagnosis of intellectual disability from a qualified professional.