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March 3, 2022
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Pennsylvania News


ODP Release Final Department-Established Fees and Fee Schedule Rates for Services Funded Through ODP’s Waivers and Base-Funding

Following the 30-day open comment period on the proposed established rates for the ID/A waivers, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has announced the final rates. These rates will be implemented retroactively with a January 1, 2022 for the ID Waivers and a July 1, 2021 for the Autism Waiver. 

Read the announcement here


Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Releases 2020-2021 Annual Data Report

The ODP Annual data report provides statistical information to educate our stakeholders about the individuals ODP serves and the services they receive. This data provides an important overview of the service system ODP oversees that supports individuals with disabilities. The accompanying resource, Everyday Lives: Values in Action Information, Sharing and Advisory Committee (ISAC) Recommendations, Strategies, and Performance Measures, provides information on indicators of success used to gauge the effectiveness of the work of ODP

Read the report here

DHS Releases Medical Assistance Transportation Report

The Department of Human Services has released the Medical Assistance Transportation (MATP) Report. The report includes various recommendations that the Workgroup feels could improve the structure, administration, and service delivery of the MATP.

  • Read the full report here.
  • Read the summary of the report here.

ODP Announces 2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference

The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs invites you to save the date for the 2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference! The Everyday Lives Conference seeks to provide valuable information to Individuals with an intellectual disability and/or autism, their families, and support professionals to help empower individuals to live their ideal everyday lives.

This year's theme is "An Everyday Life in a Changing World: A Focus on Wellness and Resilience". 

Sessions will run from May 17 - June 16, 2022.


The Arc of Washington County Moves into Downtown Canonsburg

"A building in downtown Canonsburg that was once home to a furniture store now houses Arc Human Services and Chicco Baccello’s second location."

Read the full announcement here. 



Request for Applications: Family Support Programs
Application deadline: March 11, 2022

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports, is seeking to award funds to qualified Applicants for the implementation or continuation of Family Support Programs, which consist of community-based, high-quality Evidence-Based Home Visiting (EBHV) services, as well as three categories of enhancements to these services: Evidence-Informed Programs, EBHV Model Enhancements, and Program Enhancements. 
 
Family Support Programs help families access a broad array of supports and services, including formal supports (such as EBHV and parenting classes), informal supports (such as providing resources and connecting families to services in the communities), and a community system of services that promote the well-being of families and their children. Such services can take many different forms depending on the strengths and needs of the family, but their overarching goal is to help parents or caregivers enhance skills and resolve problems to promote optimal child development.
 
For this Request for Applications, applicants must apply to implement at least one EBHV Model, and may apply to implement one or more Enhancements.
 
Visit the eMarketplace website for additional information. 


The Arc of PA Seeks Candidate to Fill Program Specialist Position in Allentown

Do you want to have a career where you can truly make a difference? Come join the Arc of PA team! We are looking to fill Program Specialist Programs across the state of Pennsylvania. We have full time and part time positions available with the possibility of 8 weeks off over the summer months. Compensation based on experience and location.

Program Specialists work in two of The Arc of Pennsylvania’s inclusion programs by providing support to schools and businesses in our communities.

For more information contact Tracy Gross-Fritz at HR@thearcpa.org.




Disability in the News


White House Unveils COVID Plan Focused on People with Disabilities

"Following criticism from disability advocates, the Biden administration is taking new steps to better address the needs of people with disabilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The White House said it is rolling out efforts to make testing more accessible to people with disabilities, to get masks to those who are unable to leave their homes and to ensure that vulnerable students can learn safely in person."

Read full article here



OCR Releases Factsheet regarding FAPE and Compensatory Services for Students with Disabilities During the Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) released the fact sheet: Providing Students with Disabilities Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Addressing the Need for Compensatory Services Under Section 504.The new OCR resource clarifies that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) requires schools to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities which may include compensatory services.
 
Additionally, schools are reminded that they must convene the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, which includes parents, to make individualized decisions regarding a student’s current services and need for compensatory services. Finally, OCR clarifies that if a parent or guardian believes their child is not receiving FAPE or appropriate compensatory services, they may schedule a hearing under Section 504’s due process procedures.
 
Read the fact sheet here.
 

Research Shows Science Getting Closer to Reduce Seizures, Sleep Disturbances in Intellectually Disabled

"A recent study has given a new ray of hope by showing that science is getting one step closer to developing targeted drug therapies that may reduce seizures, sleep disorders, and related symptoms common in people with intellectual disabilities."

Read the article here


Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) - Supporting Family Caregivers: A Collection of Evidence, Tools, and Case Studies 

The Better Care Playbook for People with Complex Needs has come out with a new collection about supporting family caregivers. Family caregivers provide care for individuals with complex health needs, including older adults, people living with dementia, and people with disabilities, and are often responsible for taking on medical tasks such as medication management, wound care, and assisting with mobility. This playbook explain what a supportive family caregiving model looks like and how organizations can implement these approaches in their work.
 
Click here for more information.
 


OSERS Releases 2021 Annual Report to Congress on IDEA

The report focuses on children with disabilities being served under IDEA, Part B and Part C, nationally and at the state level.

Access the report here
 


Signs of Autism Differ in Brains of Boys, Girls

"Researchers have discovered differences between the brains of girls and boys with autism that they say may improve diagnosis of the developmental disorder in girls.

"We detected significant differences between the brains of boys and girls with autism, and obtained individualized predictions of clinical symptoms in girls," said study senior author Vinod Menon, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stanford University."

Read full article here
 



Don't Be Scared to Talk about Disabilities. Here's What to Know and What to Say

"More than 1 billion people — nearly 15% of the world's population — experience some form of disability. In the United States alone, about 61 million, or 1 out of every 4 adults, live with at least one disability."

Read the full article here
 

The Arc Responds to New CDC Mask Guidance

"The Arc is disappointed by the decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday to revise masking guidelines for the United States. The new set of criteria deprioritizes the importance of case counts, resulting in approximately 70% of United States counties shifting status overnight. This does not mean that those counties do not still have high case counts or that people in those communities who are immunocompromised and at higher risk of contracting and being harmed by COVID-19 should not still protect themselves. The CDC acknowledges as much in their new guidance, detailing different rules for people who are immunocompromised."

Read the full article here
 

4 Reasons Why Businesses Should Care About Disability Issues

"Disability issues like accessibility, equal service, and employment rights are important to disabled people. But are they really important to anyone else?"

Read the full article here
 

Model With Down Syndrome Is First For Victoria’s Secret

"For the first time, a model with Down syndrome is one of the faces representing lingerie staple Victoria’s Secret. Sofía Jirau, 25, who has Down syndrome, is part of the brand’s new Love Cloud campaign."

Read the full article here
 

Ed Department Prods Schools On Compensatory Services For Students With Disabilities

"Amid a rise in complaints, federal education officials are reminding schools across the nation about their obligation to provide compensatory services to students with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a new fact sheet last week doubling down on the responsibilities schools have under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973."

Read the full article here. 
 

Here's How Parents can Seek Help Resolving Special Education Disputes

"Parents from all over York County have come forward about issues they have faced seeking special education for their children, but many were unaware of available resources.

Margie Wakelin, senior attorney for the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, said families with special needs students often feel isolated and don't know where to begin their search for support."

Read the full article here



Workforce Shortages Open Doors for People with Disabilities Looking for Steady Jobs

"Carving out a success story requires attention to detail and a chance to show people what you’re capable of. Philip Klopcic, 24, has not had many chances in life. He is often overlooked for employment because of his intellectual and developmental disability. 

That all changed when Elite Cabinetry, Inc. in New Park, York County gave him a shot at his first job."

Read the article here

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS FROM
 
PA Office of Developmental Programs

 
 
ODP Announcement 22-021: Upcoming Rate Increase Preparation for the Upcoming Rate Increases for the Adult Autism Waiver

New "A Supporter's Toolbox" Teaching & Encouraging Objection

ODP Announcement 22-007 UPDATE - Preparation for the Upcoming Rate Increases

Regional Collaborative Racial Equity & Diversity Conversation

SAU1 Speak Up about Waiver Changes 3-11-22

ODP Announcement 22-023: Modified Medication Administration Training Course Renewal Requirements

ODP Announcement 22-022: ODP to Participate in the 2021 NCI Staff Stability Survey


ODP Announcement 22-025: Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) Wages Ranges and Benefit Allowance for Specific Participant Directed Services (PDS) Effective March 1, 2022

ODP Announcement 22-026: Final Department-Established Fees and Fee Schedule Rates for Services Funded Through ODP’s Waivers and Base-Funding

Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Releases 2020-2021 Annual Data Report

ODPANN 22-024:  Agency with Choice (AWC) Wage Ranges and Benefit Allowance for Specific Participant Directed Services (PDS) Effective March 1, 2022

ODP Bulletin Bulletin 00-22-01 Targeted Support Management for Individuals Served by ODP
Legislative Updates from Katie Yost 

 

  • Representative Aaron Kaufer has circulated a co-sponsorship memo indicating his intention to introduce legislation that a public school to palace a behavioral health representative in a school who may communicate and interact with students to provide social and mental health support assistance. 
 
  • Senator Christine Tartaglione has circulated a co-sponsorship memo indicating her intention to introduce a resolution making March 2022 as Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. 
 "Learn More"

 

Trainings/Workshops


The Arc of Pennsylvania's Discovery Training - via Zoom
March 7 - 9, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This 3-day training provides a comprehensive overview of Discovery (an alternative to traditional vocational assessments) and how to complete Discovery. For those seeking to become certified providers of Discovery through Marc Gold and Associates, it is the prerequisite training for certification. Individuals not seeking certification will gain valuable information and insight and may attend as auditors of the course.

This course is for:
Job Coaches and Job Developers, OVR Counselors, Supports Coordinators, Transition Coordinators, School Transition Teams, Parents and Families

Register Here
 



PA Family Network's SIBLING Good Life Group - Zoom
March 7, 2022 at 6:30 PM


This group of adult siblings will have the opportunity guide the group's direction, network with other siblings, talk about your lived experience, hear from experts on topics relevant to sibling life, have open and informative discussions, and plan for a future that holds true potential for you and your family. Anyone thought of like a sibling or in sibling like role is welcome. 

Join the Zoom HERE. 
Meeting ID: 810 8412 7996
Passcode: 801075
One tap mobile: +1-646-558-8656

 


PA Family Network's Using the LifeCourse Framework for Transition
March 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Family Members attending the workshop will be welcome to attend a family-only 30 minute networking opportunity after the presentation.
What happens when the bus stops coming? Do you need a Vision and Plan?
Join PA Family Network Advisors for an interactive workshop to:
  • Discuss thought-provoking questions surrounding a new day to day plan;
  • Obtain information and resources to be used during this time of change;
  • Address questions and concerns specific to Transition Age;
  • Utilize the LifeCourse Framework and Tools in useful, flexible, and simple ways.
Become empowered to have conversations about reaching dreams and finding purpose after high school.

Join the Zoom HERE. 
Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile: +1-312-626-6799 

 

ODP's Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations VOH Session 
Wednesday March 9th, First Scheduled Session begins at 12:30 PM

Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) providers are invited to sign up for a scheduled one-on-one VOH session to discuss incident management topics with 
the Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations (BSASP).

Topics for discussion may include:  provider-specific IM issues or concerns; EIM reports; general questions about certified investigations; brainstorm ideas of how to improve “performance” related IM tasks; review of provider IM data and compliance; discussion of provider trends; etc.

Register here
 



The Role and Value of Volunteers in Home- and Community-Based and Long-Term Care Programs for Older Adults - Webinar
March 15, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


During this webinar, ACL will present findings from a study on the role and economic value of volunteers in ACL-funded programs that provide home- and community-based and long-term care services for older adults (i.e., Older Americans Act Title III programs and Title VII Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and State Health Insurance Assistance Program). In addition, program grantees will discuss the ways they use volunteers and innovative strategies they have implemented during the pandemic for using volunteers and mitigating the impact of having fewer volunteers.

Register here
 

PA Family Network's Waiver Basics 101 Workshops - Zoom
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism through the Person/Family Directed Supports, Community Living and Consolidated Waivers. Join the PA Family Network in this 2-part workshop to learn how waivers can support your loved one:

Waiver Basics 101 - Part 1
March 15, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Target Audience: Families with individuals just entering the system

  • Address the importance of having a vision of your loved one’s needs to live a good life
  • Basic information of how to register, apply and access waiver services

Waiver Basics 101 - Part 2
March 15, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Target Audience: Families who are interested in services a waiver can provide
  • Individual Services Plan (ISP) Basics
  • Overview of waiver services
Join the Zoom HERE. 
Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile: +1-312-626-6799

 

PA Family Network's Family Forum Updates
March 16, 2022 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join the PA Family Network Advisors, families and individuals with disabilities for our Family Forums to:
  • discuss areas of life where supports might be needed;
  • network with other families and ask questions;
  • get latest updates from the Office of Developmental Programs.

Join the Zoom HERE. 
Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile: +1-312-626-6799

 


PA Family Network's Advanced Waiver Workshops - Zoom 
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism through the Person/Family Directed Supports, Community Living and Consolidated Waivers. Join the PA Family Network Advisors in this 2-part workshop which will expand in more detail what was presented in the Waiver Basics (101) Workshops and how waivers can support your loved one:

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 1
March 17, 2022 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Expand upon Service Definitions discussed in Waiver Basics (101 Part 2)
  • Learn more about the various services defined under waivers and some of their limits, requirements and options

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 2
March 17, 2022 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Guide participants on researching waivers, utilizing resources and understanding your rights and responsibilities
  • Discussion of the various waiver document Appendices, Due Process, Fair Hearing and More

Join the Zoom HERE. 
Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile: +1-312-626-6799

 

PA Family Network's Advanced Waiver Workshops - Zoom 
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism through the Person/Family Directed Supports, Community Living and Consolidated Waivers. Join the PA Family Network Advisors in this 2-part workshop which will expand in more detail what was presented in the Waiver Basics (101) Workshops and how waivers can support your loved one:

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 1
March 21, 2022 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Expand upon Service Definitions discussed in Waiver Basics (101 Part 2)
  • Learn more about the various services defined under waivers and some of their limits, requirements and options

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 2
March 23, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Guide participants on researching waivers, utilizing resources and understanding your rights and responsibilities
  • Discussion of the various waiver document Appendices, Due Process, Fair Hearing and More


Join the Zoom HERE. 
Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile: +1-312-626-6799

 



PA Family Network's Long Term Planning
March 22, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Family Members attending the workshop will be welcome to attend a 30 minute family-only networking opportunity after the presentation.
Join the PA Family Network in this workshop to plan and problem solve if/when we cannot support our loved one with intellectual disabilities and/or autism:
  • Connect and network with other families.
  • Get information and strategies on handling Long Term Planning*.
  • Discuss and receive guidance on how to identify and share what is most important to our loved ones to live a meaningful and good life.
Join the Zoom HERE. 
Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile: +1-312-626-6799

 
 

ACRE Basic Certification Training - via Zoom
March 23 - 25, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Making Employment Work course is an ACRE Basic Certification Training. To receive certification, participants must attend a 3-day, live webinar training and then complete a self-paced, online curriculum. Completing this certification course will qualify individuals to provide Supported Employment services with Pennsylvania’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Office of Developmental Programs. Our training combines lessons learned from traditional Supported Employment and Customized Employment techniques.

Register Here.



PA Family Network's Advanced Waiver Workshops 

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism through the Person/Family Directed Supports, Community Living and Consolidated Waivers. Join the PA Family Network Advisors in this 2-part workshop which will expand in more detail what was presented in the Waiver Basics (101) Workshops and how waivers can support your loved one:

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 1
March 29, 2022 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Expand upon Service Definitions discussed in Waiver Basics (101 Part 2)
  • Learn more about the various services defined under waivers and some of their limits, requirements and options

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 2
March 31, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Guide participants on researching waivers, utilizing resources and understanding your rights and responsibilities
  • Discussion of the various waiver document Appendices, Due Process, Fair Hearing and More


Join the Zoom HERE. 
Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile: +1-312-626-6799

 

ACRE Basic Certification Training - via Zoom
April 11 - 13, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Making Employment Work course is an ACRE Basic Certification Training. To receive certification, participants must attend a 3-day, live webinar training and then complete a self-paced, online curriculum. Completing this certification course will qualify individuals to provide Supported Employment services with Pennsylvania’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Office of Developmental Programs. Our training combines lessons learned from traditional Supported Employment and Customized Employment techniques.

Register Here. 
 


Overview of Benefits Counseling - Webinar
April 21, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is offering a webinar on the topic of the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Benefits Counseling which provides individuals, their families, friends, and caregivers information relative to their benefits / services, and competitive integrated employment. This overview will be presented by Ms. Joy Smith, AHEDD Work Incentive Planning and Assistance, Certified Work Incentive Coordinator, Regional Manager.
 
Office of Long-Term Living Service Coordinators, Direct Service Providers, CHC-MCO staff and any individuals that work on employment are strongly encouraged to participate in this webinar on an overview of Benefits Counseling as it relates to the participants you serve.

Register here
 

 

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