Home / Admission
Universal Institute’s program and services are designed for individuals who are seeking a person-centered, non-traditional therapy approach. Our goal is to empower our Clients with hope, determination, and courage, to forge ahead in maximizing their ability to perform daily activities in a way that enhances their quality of life. We have made our admissions process as simple as possible for our Clients, their families, and referral sources. Let our journey together begin!
Make a Referral
UIRehab serves individuals who are 18 years of age or older who have been diagnosed with an Acquired Brain Injury (traumatic or non-traumatic), Spinal Cord Injury, or other neurological conditions.
A referral typically begins once an individual is enrolled in a waiver or OLTL program and is ready to move forward in selecting a Home and Community-Based Service Provider. Referrals are made by service coordination agencies, nursing home transition coordinators, social workers, or by the individual seeking services. Sometimes a medical professional suggests UIRehab based on the individual’s rehabilitation needs. Sometimes a family member or an individual themselves, inquire about Universal Institute based on their personal preference of location or reputation of our program. Either way, it is the individual’s right to request a referral to be placed to the community-based setting of their choice.
In order for us to provide the quickest and most efficient screening process possible, it will be helpful to have the following information ready to share when you call:
- Confirmation of Home and Community-Based Services Waiver
- Diagnosis and presenting concerns necessitating the services
- Rehabilitation history
- Health history and current level of care
- Health Insurance Information
If our initial discussion reveals that the individual might be an appropriate candidate for our program, you are asked to complete and submit our REFERRAL FORM for further review. Once reviewed, if the supporting documentation indicates the individual’s potential to be a good match for our program, we will move forward in scheduling a Pre-Admission Intake Screening.
Pre-Admission Intake Screening
UIRehab’s Pre-Admission Intake Screening is an initial face-to-face meeting with the prospective Client, the admissions department, and members of our rehabilitation team. It is an opportunity for the prospective Client to tour our facility and learn more about our program and services offered. It is a chance to gage an individual’s willingness and readiness to participate in the next step in their recovery. Ultimately, the purpose of this meeting is to gather information needed to better understand the prospective Client’s rehabilitation needs and determine eligibility.
If the information collected in the referral process indicates the individual’s potential to be a good match for our program, we will move forward in scheduling a Pre-Admission Intake Screening.
Following the prospective Client’s Pre-Admission Intake Screening, our team will meet to review the Client’s case, and based on the information gathered, we will make a recommendation regarding the most appropriate level of care for treatment.
If we are able to offer the recommended services at UIRehab, our admissions department will contact the Client’s referring entity to discuss a care plan and determine an appropriate date for admission. Our admissions department will work with our new Client and their designated representatives to complete and collect all necessary documentation required for admission.
Through its network of providers, Pennsylvania’s Office of Long Term Living (OLTL) administers publicly-funded programs to provide services and supports to financially eligible individuals with assessed ADL and IADL needs. These programs, called Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Waivers or HCBS waivers, provide supportive medical and non-medical service to qualified individuals with disabilities, in their home or in another community-based setting in order to help them live independently in the community.
For more information about Home and Community-Based Services enrollment and to begin the eligibility enrollment process, please contact the PA Independent Enrollment Broker:
Toll Free Helpline – 877-550-4227
Toll Free TTY Line – 877-824-9346