Act 89 Services

    Act 89 Services were established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1974 to provide auxiliary services to school children enrolled in non public schools.  These services are provided subject to funds that are appropriated annually in the state budget.  Intermediate Units are responsible for providing the auxiliary services for non public school children according to provisions set forth in the Pennsylvania Code, Title 22, Education, Chapter 112, Auxiliary Services for Non Public School Children.  Act 89 is not special education, and therefore, cannot provide any special education services.  Act 89 programs are legally distinct from special education programs.
    Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, as the designated agency for providing Act 89 services, provides the following services to non public school students:

    Psychological Evaluation and Consultation

    Act 89 funds may be expended for psychological assessment of non public school students when the intent is to provide appropriate auxiliary services.  This service is available upon the request of the school.
           Contact:  Dr. Matthew Thomas, Student Services Director
                         email:  mthomas@wiu7.org
    Speech/Language Therapy
    The purpose of the Speech and Language Therapy program is to provide services to students whose impairment is present to such a degree that academic achievement is affected and the condition is significantly handicapping to the student.  Services include speech/language/hearing screenings, diagnostic, and therapy.  In addition to these services, clinicians maintain records necessary for reporting student progress to parents and teachers, and serve as resource persons to the school and parents in matters related to speech, language, and communication.
    Contact:  Amanda Winnor, Speech Supervisor
                  724 836-2460 ext. 2120
                  email: awinnor@wiu7.org
    Auxiliary Language Arts and Mathematics Program
    The purpose of the program is to provide remedial language arts and mathematics instruction to non public school students.  The major drive of the program is to provide diagnostic, prescriptive, remedial and evaluative language arts and mathematics services for students attending non public schools.
    For more information about this program, please contact your non public school administrator.
    Group Testing and Scoring Services
    This service is in place to provide support and assistance to the non public schools in the purchase and scoring of comprehensive achievement/ability based tests.
    Guidance Counselors
    Guidance counselors are available at the elementary and secondary level to provide the students with comprehensive school counseling services.
    For more information about this service, please contact your non public school administrator.
    All services provided under Act 89 are designed to provide the most assistance to the greatest number of students.



Last Modified on August 1, 2018