Despite investigations by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2010 and 2012 that found Elywn out of compliance with federal and state standards, several families experienced persistent shortages in service resulting from a lack action by state officials. The Law Center recently represented five families who have children with disabilities file administrative service actions against Elywn for continued lapses in service for their children.
Systemic Failure of Early Intervention Service Provider
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania contracts with Elwyn to provide services to approximately 7,000 preschool-age children residing in Philadelphia. As one of the nation’s oldest private non-profit organizations serving people with intellectual, developmental and behavioral challenges, Elwyn provides various programs for children with disabilities, including infant/toddler early intervention, preschool, and childcare services. However, state-conducted investigations have revealed systemic failures in the organization to provide sufficient services to children within its care. The Law Center represents parents of children with disabilities in their disputes with Elwyn to ensure that their children receive the services necessary for educational progress.