Resources for People with Disabilities

HEALTH CARE CENTER FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

Magee Women’s Hospital
300 Halket St., Suite 5600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-641-4030

Hours of Operation
Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Our Specialized Equipment Includes:

  • scales for weighing women in wheelchairs
  • universally accessible exam tables
  • patient lifts
  • padded hydraulic stirrups for comfort

Services We Offer

  • Gynecological services

    We offer the following gynecological care services, including:

    • Preventive care
    • Birth control
    • Pap test
    • Menstrual problems
    • ​Post-menopausal bleeding
    • Pelvic pain
    • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Vaginitis

Referrals

When it is necessary to refer women who visit our center to other physicians, we can refer our patients to physicians who also have accessible equipment for women with disabilities.

Fees/Discounts For Uninsured Patients: Sliding fee scale/ eligibility for services based on family size and income.

Other Sites With Accessible Gynecological Exam Tables

Adagio Health East Liberty; Adagio Health Downtown Location; Squirrel Hill Health Center and Catholic Charities have accessible gynecological exam tables.

See Women’s Health section for info on these locations.

THREE RIVERS CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
(TRCIL)
900 Rebecca Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221-2938
412-371-7700
TTY: 412-371-6230
http://www.trcil.org/

A Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a non-residential, non-profit, community-based human service agency. Its purpose is to enable people with disabilities to lead self-directed and productive lives within the community.

Some of the services that TRCIL offers:

  • ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY & EQUIPMENT – Obtain equipment and devices needed to be independent such as: ramps, wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistive technology devices
  • TRANSITIONING – Move out of nursing homes and into the community with the necessary services and supports
  • PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES – Help in the home with daily living activities such as: bathing, eating, shopping, cleaning, etc.
  • COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES (CSPPPD) – Provides service coordination, peer support, community integration/consumer support, advocacy, skills training, and transportation for individuals who are residing in nursing facilities; and community-based Medicaid Waiver Services for eligible individuals who want to transition to community living or are already living in their own home in the community.

COMMUNITY HUMAN SERVICES CORPORATION IN-HOME SERVICES PROGRAM
CHS Health Programs
2525 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
http://www.chscorp.org/Health.htm

The In Home Services Program provides a variety of offerings to individuals with disabilities living in the community. The services help people retain housing in their communities as long as possible. The services include light housekeeping, basic personal care assistance, chore service, meal preparation, completion of simple errands/shopping, motivation and instruction, and social activities.

The In Home Services Program serves adults and seniors who have a disability and meet income qualifications. Please call the program for details.

Call 412.246.1640 or 412.246.1612 for information or to make a referral.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES (MAWD)

From the DHS website:

For people with disabilities, finding a job or returning to work can be a challenge. For a long time one of the biggest obstacles to working was health care coverage. Earning too much money meant risking losing health care benefits. However, there is an option: Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD).

MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medical Assistance while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medical Assistance programs. Now you do not have to choose between a job and your health.

MAWD BROCHURE

How to apply?

You can apply for benefits online in a quick, easy and secure way using COMPASS.

Contact your local county assistance office (CAO) or caseworker to apply, or to find out more about how MAWD can help.

Call the Department of Human Services HelpLine at (800) 692-7462 for more information. TTY/TTD users can call (800) 451-5886.

Eligibility

To be eligible for MAWD, you must:

* Disabilities may include physical or developmental disabilities, mental health or intellectual disabilities.
** Contact your caseworker or local county assistance office(CAO) for more information. You can apply for benefits online in a quick, easy and secure way using COMPASS.

What’s the cost?

You pay a monthly premium for coverage under MAWD, since it functions like health insurance coverage for someone working.

But the premium is affordable – just five percent of your countable monthly income. That is a reasonable cost for the coverage you need to keep working.

Benefits may include:

  • Doctor visits
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Prescription drugs
  • Emergency care
  • Mental health services
  • Dental services
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • Hospital stays
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Hospice services
  • Medical transportation services

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project ((800) 274-3258) or The Consumer Health Coalition (412-456-1877) can help with info or with the application process.

DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK OF PA
429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 701
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1505
(412) 391-5225 [Voice]
(412) 467-8940 [TDD]
www.drnpa.org
drnpa-pgh@drnpa.org [Email]

DRNPA is the federally mandated,independent, non-profit agency in Pennsylvania that protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. DRN provides consumers with assistance to remedy rights violations including abuse and neglect. DRN is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community and empowerment through self-advocacy.

DRNPA’s website has lots of information on assistive technology, education, mental health and more.

PA CONNECTING COMMUNITIES
564 Washington Ave.
Carnegie, PA 15106
Phone:412-621-6151
www.paconnectingcommunities.org

The Mission of PA Connecting Communities is to empower individuals with disabilities with opportunities to improve their quality of life.

PACC offers a wide range of services including:

  • Home and Community
  • Behavioral Consulting
  • Transitional
  • Vocational
  • Job Coaching
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Veterans’ Health Care

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VA Health Care Overview

Veteran’s Administration (VA) provides a Medical Benefits Package to all enrolled Veterans. This comprehensive plan provides a full range of preventive outpatient and inpatient services within VA health care system. Also, once you enroll in the VA’s health care system, you can be seen at any VA facility across the country.

If you are a Veteran, or know of a Veteran, who lacks health insurance, please visit our website:

http://www4.va.gov/healtheligibility/Library/tools/Quick_Eligibility_Check/index.asp

or call toll free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

If you are in crisis or emotional distress and need to talk to someone right away:

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

http://veteranscrisisline.net/

Women Veterans

At each VA Medical Center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager is designated to advise and advocate for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health.

Woman Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.

More information on the VA Programs for Women Veterans is available at:

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth