Registering with the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (“PUNS”) database is the first and most important step to take in order to receive assistance.
To register, you must meet with a Pre-Admission Screening (“PAS”) or Independent Service Coordination Agency (“ISC”) to see if you are eligible for services. Search the DHS Office Locator for Developmental Disabilities offices near you.
After you have registered with the PUNS database, you will be notified by the PAS or ISC agency or DHS with an award letter or a letter informing the individual that they have been selected from the PUNS database to receive funding for Residential Services and/or Developmental Training Services.
The Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) or Independent Service Coordination Agency (ISC) will then send a referral packet out to agencies you have indicated interest in. The referral packet usually consists of current Psychological Evaluation, current IEP/ISP, current medical information (including medication) and current behavioral information (including Behavior Management Program). The agency’s Admission Committee will review the information in the referral packet and determine if this agency can provide the appropriate services to meet the needs of the individual, at which time the individual will either be accepted or rejected by a majority vote by the Admissions/Discharge Committee.