Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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George A. Jervis Clinic



Established in 1980, IBR’s George A. Jervis Clinic offers specialized diagnostic and consultative services for children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The Clinic’s multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, nurses, and social workers conducts intensive diagnostic procedures and develops a treatment plan for conditions in people with developmental disabilities that primary care physicians have not been able to diagnose or treat, such as seizure or behavioral disorders. Staff also conduct clinical research and provide education in improving diagnosis and treatment of developmental disabilities.

Services Offered

  • Neurological examination and evaluation
  • Genetic evaluation, testing, and counseling
  • Early screening and neurodevelopmental follow-up (See the Jervis Infant Clinic)
  • Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics evaluation
  • Autism evaluation
  • Fragile X evaluation (See the Fragile X Center.)
  • Batten disease evaluation (See the Batten Disease Center.)
  • Consultation for management of uncontrollable seizures
  • Psychiatric and behavioral evaluations, including recommendations for psychotropic medications for individuals displaying self-injurious, aggressive, and other challenging behaviors, or signs of dementia
  • Psycholinguistic evaluation
  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Psychological testing (in combination with diagnostic evaluation)
  • Other specialized tests, including:
    • EEG,* EEG video-monitoring*
    • BAER,* EMG*
    • Muscle and skin biopsy
    • Biochemical, molecular and cytogenetic tests

* Performed under sedation or anesthesia if necessary


Children, adolescents, and adults who have been diagnosed with or who are suspected of having an intellectual and/or developmental disability who require further evaluation are eligible to receive services at the Jervis Clinic. Developmental disabilities include:

  • Intellectual disability and associated genetic syndromes, including fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Progressive neurological disorders
  • Seizure disorders
  • Cerebral palsy

Referral Process

As a tertiary care facility, the Clinic provides care at the referral of primary or secondary health care personnel.

To request services from the Jervis Clinic:

  1. A referring health or educational professional working with the family or agency of the patient requests a referral form by telephoning the Clinic at (718) 494-5126 or 494-5313. The Clinic sends the referral form after reviewing the reasons for request.
  2. The referring professional completes the referral form and returns it to the Clinic with the requested supporting documentation.
  3. The Clinic contacts the family or agency to discuss the status of the application and the next steps to take.


The Jervis Clinic is dedicated to serving the people of New York State with developmental disabilities, regardless of their ability to pay. Except for individuals from OPWDD-certified providers, reimbursement for any diagnostic, clinical, or laboratory service will be sought from the following:

  • Most third-party insurance carriers
  • Family/guardian, on a zero-basis sliding fee scale, or
  • The individual, through direct billing.

For further information, or to request referral forms:
Call: (718) 494-5126 or 494-5313
Fax: (718) 494-2258
Write: Director, Clinical Services
George A. Jervis Clinic
1050 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY 10314

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