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DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS Developmental Programs Home Page

​Service Delivery

The Northampton County Office of Developmental Programs, in cooperation with Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs, coordinates service to county residents of all ages with intellectual disabilities. Developmental Programs services include Residential Services (Community Homes and Family Living Homes), Day habilitation, Employment Supports (Supported Employment, Transitional Work Services, and Prevocational Services), Home and Community Habilitation, Respite, Companion Services, and Family Driven/Family Support Services. Residents must meet eligibility requirements to participate. Services are voluntary and those determined eligible have choice of service providers.


Governor Wolf's Proclamation of March as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month!

 Program Goals

​To support a responsive and flexible system of services and choices that empowers individuals and their families to:

  • Achieve community integration and personal success
  • Help the community to accept and value all its members
  • Ensure basic needs are met and individual rights are protected
  • To effectively collaborate with other services, divisions and resources.

 Access to Services

​Intake - Centralized intake for services is located at 2801 Emrick Blvd, Bethlehem PA 18020.
Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone # 610-559-3270 or 610-829-4800.

 Crisis Intervention Services

​Crisis Intervention services are available 24 hours a day by calling 610-252-9060 or 610-829-4801.
The crisis unit is located at 2801 Emrick Blvd, Bethlehem PA 18020.
Services include telephone counseling, mobile crisis, short-term crisis residential services, and assistance in accessing inpatient care.

 Regulatory Base

​The regulatory base for the program is the MH / MR Act of 1966. In addition, providers of service are required to comply with any and all existing regulations specific to the services that are provided by them.

 Other Regulations

​Department of Public Welfare regulations regarding mental retardation are available on-line at, however, many of the regulations applicable to the Northampton County Office of Developmental Programs are available at the links listed below.

PA CODE Title 55


​Funding for services is provided by State, County and Federal Government; Third Party Sources (private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.).

 Staff Recruitment

All county staff members are employed through the PA State Civil Service System and they must meet the established criteria for each position. Non-county staff members are employed directly though the various agencies with whom we contract for services. Both county staff members and contracted staff members are required to meet the credentialing requirements of those regulations under which the various services operate.

 Self-Help and Support Groups

Here is a list of self-help and support groups, many with local chapter phone numbers:

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