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The Perspectives section was added to give viewers an opportunity to post opinions, important papers and life perspectives. Articles are subject to review by the HealthBridges editorial committee.

This article is last updated on Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis The OVR counselor, during face-to-face interviews, assists customers […]

Additional Behavioral Health Services – ACHIEVA Posted on February 10th, 2013

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Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Posted on September 7th, 2008

Other Advocacy Organizations: Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing ODHH provides three primary services, represented by the acronym AIR. We ADVOCATE for people with hearing loss who are not receiving proper services from government or private agencies. We distribute INFORMATION and answer questions on issues relevant to people with hearing loss. We REFER people […]

Disability Rights Pennsylvania Posted on September 7th, 2008

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Family and Mental Health Consumer Organizations Posted on September 7th, 2008

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Additional Behavioral Health Services – Early Intervention Posted on September 7th, 2008

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Allegheny Country Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization Posted on September 7th, 2008

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Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Posted on September 7th, 2008

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Contact: Ms.Valerie Vicari, Director, Division of Western Operations. Mr. Jay Jaquette, Acting Community Program Manager. Mr. Richard Latsko, Allegheny County Team Leader. Address: 301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 480, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Qualifications: Experience in assistive technology including FM systems and TTY.

Office of Intellectual Disability Posted on September 7th, 2008

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Allegheny County Department of Human Services Posted on September 7th, 2008

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Information/Consultation: Ms. Teresa Nellans Posted on September 7th, 2008

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