HARRISBURG – The PA House has unanimously passed legislation to create a bill of rights for those with special needs. House Bill 1363 requires the Department of Human Services to develop and submit a plan to address the waiting list for community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities. Within one year of the bill’s effective date, DHS must develop a five-year plan to eliminate the current and future critical and emergency waiting list for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The plan would be submitted to the governor, the General Assembly, and the county intellectual disability program administrators. The measure would also require public comment from individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families and guardians, and providers of services to the intellectual disability community obtained from public hearings held by DHS. The bill now moves to the Senate.