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February 17, 2022
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The Arc of PA Participates in Media Campaign to Raise Awareness for DSP Wages
 

The Arc of Pennsylvania is partnering with other providers to urge lawmakers to increase funding to support Direct Support Professionals so individuals with IDD and families in need get the support and care they deserve.

You can help.

CLICK HERE to visit the coalition’s website to learn how you can help. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of our progress. Share this message with your own network of providers, professionals and families and encourage them to do the same, using the hashtag #DirectCarePA

Most importantly, share and utilize this Action Alert link to contact your members of the General Assembly & Governor Wolf on this issue.  

 

Pennsylvania News

 

The Arc of Pennsylvania Responds to Governor Wolf's Proposed 2022-2023 State Budget - Press Release

"The Arc of Pennsylvania is closely monitoring the FY 2022-2023 state budget and the subsequent legislative deliberations on behalf of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including the over 12,000 individuals in the Commonwealth who continue to wait for home and community-based services.
 
Governor Wolf’s proposed $43.7 billion budget, unveiled on February 8th, provides increases in areas that are critical to Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism, and their families."

Read the full announcement here
 

The Arc Erie County Appoints Key Employees

The Arc Erie County (PA) is pleased to announce the addition of two employees tasked with sustaining and building upon its mission of advocacy and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Erie native Katherine Reim will serve as Executive Director. Wendi Wojtecki has been hired as a disability advocate. 

Read full announcement here


Rollout of Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address 
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January


To order tests online, click HERE. 


House and Senate Announce Appropriation Hearing Dates 

The PA House and Senate Appropriation Committees have announced their schedule of appropriation hearings for the different departments. They will be held in person and available to watch via livestream. 

House of Representatives
-    Dept. of Labor & Industry: March 2nd at 1 pm
-    Dept. of Health: March 3rd at 10 am 
-    Dept. of Ed: March 7th at 10 am
-    Dept. of Human Services: March 9th at 10 am 

Senate
-    Dept. of Human Services: March 8th at 10 am
-    Dept. of Health: March 9th at 10 am
-    Dept. of Education: March 10th at 10 am
-    Dept. of Labor & Industry: March 15th at 10 am


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.
 


PaTTAN - Call for Proposals for the 2022 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference

The 2022 PA Community of Practice Conference planning team is requesting proposals to present at the 2022 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference on August 10-11, 2022

This year's theme, Mission Possible: Transitioning into the Future, provides us the opportunity to come together as a community to discuss effective practices as we prepare our youth and those supporting them to be change agents for the future. The conference committee is requesting proposals from interested persons who are able to connect their topic to one or more of the 9 Quality Indicators of Transition Discoveries. All presenters are expected to present in-person at the Penn Stater and offer sessions that will engage virtual and in-person audience members.

General Guidelines for Submission

Proposals must be submitted via online application at https://fs25.formsite.com/3fHiZQ/3hr0lmi8au/index.html

All proposals must support post-school outcomes and align with a conference strand

Submission Deadline – February 28, 2022

Required Information for Session Proposals

 
Title of Presentation (100 characters or less)
Narrative Description of Session (300-500 words)
Session Abstract (50 words or less)
Alignment with Conference Strand
Name, Email, Employer, Title/Role of Presenters

Completed proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 28, 2022.

For questions regarding the conference and/or proposal submission, please contact Kim Cole, kcole@pattan.net.


ISAC Annual Report 2021

Members of the Information Sharing and Advisory Committee (ISAC), working with the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), developed a series of recommendations and strategies to support achievement of the vision in Everyday Lives. This publication provides 2021 updates related to those recommendations and strategies. Stakeholders are encouraged to use the information contained in this report in their work supporting people with disabilities.

  • Access the 2021 ISAC Annual Report by clicking here.
  • Access the ISAC Recommendations and Strategies supplemental document from inside the ISAC Annual Report or by clicking here.

Both documents can also be found by visiting MyODP and following this path: Everyday Lives > Everyday Lives Publications > Recommendations, Strategies, and Performance Measures.


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.
 
Although applications must be received no later than March 11, 2022, there are other dates to be aware of:

  • Feb. 8, 2022: Answers to potential applicant questions posted 

 
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


CDC Updates Guidance on Boosters

"CDC has updated its guidance for extra doses and boosters of the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised"

Read more here
 

HHS’ New Guidance for Health Care Providers on Civil Rights Protections for People with Disabilities

"On Feb. 4, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance for health care providers on civil rights protections for people with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. ACL collaborated with OCR on a number of topics included in the guidance, which addresses providers’ obligations to ensure people with disabilities are not discriminated against in accessing the healthcare they need during the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency."

Read more here


ACL Announces Jill Jacobs as Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities 

"ACL is pleased to announce Jill Jacobs as the Commissioner of ACL’s Administration on Disabilities. Jill brings to ACL more than two decades of professional experience managing disability services organizations, analyzing policy, and working toward improved health and disability programs and services at local, state, and federal levels. In addition, she has worked with disability justice groups, disaster relief organizations, and advocates to organize healthcare, human rights, and disaster relief initiatives in support of the most marginalized communities. Jill also brings to the role extensive lived experience, both as a person with a disability and as the mother of two disabled adults."

Read full announcement here


Kids with Autism Struggle to Adapt to Adulthood - One Doctor is Trying to Change That

"Autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities affect as many as 1 in 20 Americans, but they often find it hard to find and afford the right services. Noam Levey from our partner Kaiser Health News reports on one family that's trying to spark change."

Read article here


The Governor’s Budget Doesn’t Do Enough to Help People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism 

"I’ve spent 40 years of my life devoted to people with Intellectual Disability and Autism (ID/A) who were pushed off to the margins and mostly out of sight. I have sought to bring them into the active life that you and I have always had — meaningful lives in their homes and communities.

Community services started in earnest in the 60s and 70s. At that time, there was a thirst for civil rights and for righting wrongs, especially those perpetrated against people of color, gays and lesbians, and women. As years and decades went by, the fight for civil rights and justice evolved to include people with disabilities who fought against being excluded by state and local governments that favored isolated institutions over meaningful community living."

Read article here



New ‘Sesame Street’ Theme Park To Be Sensory Friendly

"A new theme park designed to bring the iconic show “Sesame Street” to life will have a host of accommodations in place to welcome children with disabilities when it opens soon.

Sesame Place San Diego will be designated a Certified Autism Center when it opens to the public next month, officials said."

Read article here



Insight Into the Genetics of Autism Offers Hope for New Drug Treatments

"Drugs to increase insulin signaling may be effective for treating autism say Lancaster University researchers, who have discovered how a genetic change impacts on insulin signaling and glucose metabolism in the brain."

Read article here

Actor With Disability Scores Historic Oscar Nomination

"A film prominently featuring people with disabilities is making history with multiple Academy Award nominations. 'CODA' became the first film starring a mostly deaf cast in leading roles to be up for best picture when the nominations were announced this week."

Read article here

CDC Revises Developmental Milestones for Young Kids

"A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effort to help identify children with autism and developmental disabilities early so that they can access appropriate supports and services is getting its first-ever update.

The federal agency unveiled revised versions of its developmental milestone checklists this week. The tools are part of the agency’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program, a major initiative to educate families on what to expect from their children at each stage of development."

Read article here



ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS FROM
 
PA Office of Developmental Programs

 
 
Regional Collaborative Racial Equity & Diversity Conversation

ODP Announcement 22-019: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding for Respite and Family Driven Support Services (FDSS)

ODP Announcement 22-020: Department of Human Services (DHS) Adult Protective Services (APS) Media Toolkit Availability

Save the Date : 2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference

SCHEDULED ONE-ON-ONE: INCIDENT MANAGEMENT (IM) VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS (VOH)

ODPANN 22-017 - Residential Individual Support Plan (ISP) Staffing: It’s About the Person, Not the Numbers Training Sessions 2022

 ODPANN 22-018: Open for Public Comment - Proposed Renewals of the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers Effective July 1, 2022

ODPANN 22-012 - AAW SCO Reporting Requirements

ODPANN 22-015 - Version 3 of the Operational Guide for the AAW During the Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

ODPANN 22-014 - Notice of a Change to the Federal Reimbursement of Transportation Costs for 2022

ODPANN 22-011 – Training for TSM Bulletin

ODPANN 22-013 - 2020-21 IM4Q Reports Now Available

ODP Announcement 22-010 REISSUE: Operational Guide Version 3

New "A Supporter's Toolbox" Podcast: Making Changes – Even if You Don’t Want To

Virtual Office Hours (VOH) for Residential Providers: Best Practice Standards
Legislative Updates from Katie Yost 

 

  • Representative Anthony DeLuca has circulated a co-sponsorship memo indicating his intention to introduce legislation that would institute a loan forgiveness program for professionals entering the mental health, intellectual disability, and drug & alcohol treatment field. No legislative language at this time. 
 "Learn More"

 

Trainings/Workshops


PA ABLE Informational Webinar - For EMPLOYERS & HR Professionals
February 17, 2022 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A PA ABLE Savings Program account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage Eligible Individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life.

Employers and HR professionals can participate in an overview webinar about the PA ABLE program, learning:
•   What PA ABLE is
•   Who is eligible
•   How employees use accounts
•   How to set up payroll deduction

Offer PA ABLE Savings Program to Your Employees For FREE:

Register Here


PA  Family Network's Planeando a Largo Plazo 
Febrero 21, 2022 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Los miembros de la familia que asistan al taller podrán asistir a una oportunidad de establecer contactos solo para la familia después de la presentación

  • Únase a la Red de Familias de PA en este taller para planificar y resolver problemas , cuando no podemos apoyar a nuestro ser querido con discapacidades intelectuales y/o Autismo.
  • Conéctese y establezca contactos con otras familias.
  • Obtenga información y estrategias sobre el manejo de la planificación a largo plazo*.
  • Discuta y reciba orientación sobre cómo identificar y compartir lo que es más importante para nuestros seres queridos para vivir una vida significativa y buena.

*No podemos ofrecer asesoramiento legal o financiero 

Click para unirte a la junta de Zoom (este enlace es mismo para todos los talleres):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82905633941?pwd=QnBWZTVPcHhyTjdkUFVYaE8reTlvZz09 

Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (New York)


PA Family Network's Waiver Basics (101) Workshops Part 1 - Webinar
February 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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. Target Audience: Families with individuals just entering the system.

Learn more about: 
  • 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
To Join Zoom, click HERE

Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (New York)
 

PA Family Network's Waiver Basics (101) Workshop Part 2 - Webinar
February 22, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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. Target Audience: Families with individuals just entering the system.

Learn more about: 
  • Individual Services Plan (ISP) Basics
  • Overview of waiver services
To Join Zoom, click HERE

Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (New York)

PA Family Network's Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 1 - Webinar
February 24, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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. 

Learn more about: 

  • 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
To Join Zoom, Click HERE

Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (New York)
 

PA Family Network's Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 2 - Webinar
February 24, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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. 

Learn more about: 
  • 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

To Join Zoom, Click HERE

Meeting ID: 829 0563 3941
Passcode: 637984
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,82905633941#,,,,*637984# US (New York)


PA ABLE Informational Webinar
March 1, 2022 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

A PA ABLE Savings Program account gives individuals with qualified disabilities (Eligible Individuals), and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage Eligible Individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life.

Some of the topics that we will discuss include: eligibility requirements for opening a PA ABLE account, the federal and state tax benefits of PA ABLE, and how PA ABLE account interacts with current benefits.

Register Here



PA Bureau of Special Education Annual Conference - HYBRID FORMAT
March 2 - 4, 2022 

The 2022 PDE Conference will feature sessions on Attracting, Preparing, and Retaining Special Education Personnel. The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education is excited to kick-off the Attract, Prepare, and Retain (APR) initiative at this year’s annual conference to bring forward the BSE’s commitment to increase and diversify qualified special education professionals in the field. The conference will highlight state and national initiatives to address the critical issues facing Local Education Agencies regarding the attraction, preparation, and retainment of special education personnel.

Learn More & Register Here.

ACRE Basic Certification Training - via Zoom
March 2 - 4, 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
 

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



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


 

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.


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. 

 

 

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