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August 18, 2022
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Pennsylvania News



Labor & Industry Ends Waitlist For Individuals With Disabilities, Opening Services For All

"For the first time since 1994, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) will reopen the order of selection (OOS) to significantly disabled (SD) and non-significantly disabled (NSD) individuals, terminating the waitlist for all SD and NSD applicants seeking vocational rehabilitation services. The change goes into effect today, August 8." 

Read the press release here
 



PA Developmental Disabilities Council Seeking Nominations for Council Members

PADDC is seeking nominations for Council members who are:

  • Individuals with developmental disabilities; 
  • Parents of children with developmental disabilities; or
  • Family members of adults with developmental disabilities

The PA Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) empowers individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to help shape policies that impact them. We have reopened our application process and are looking for people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Pennsylvania is a state with great diversity in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, military/veteran status, disability, location, and lived experience, and we desire a Council that reflects that diversity. We believe that our differences make us stronger, and we encourage people from different backgrounds who believe they have something to contribute to the Council to apply.

You can nominate yourself, a family member or friend, or a leader in the community who is willing to serve. Please see our page with frequently asked questions (FAQ) to learn more about what it means to be a Council member and how the Council works. Nomination Forms are also available on the page.




Disability in the News

 

Federal Partners Release Resource Leveraging and Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
 

On August 16, 2022, along with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and partners from other federal departments, OSERS' Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) released Resource Leveraging and Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

The resource, which comprises a Federal Joint Communication to State and Local Governments and a Frequently Asked Questions document, focus on the benefits of and support for blending, braiding, and sequencing resources to increase Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for people with disabilities.

Read more about this new Resource and CIE
 


Senate Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill

On August 7th, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 by a vote of 51-50 with Vice President Harris breaking the tie to join all Democrats in supporting the bill. This legislation will directly impact people with disabilities and their families by lowering drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries, continuing health insurance subsidies, and taking steps to address climate change. However, the legislation does not include a badly needed investment in home and community-based services. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives to be voted on. You can read The Arc US’s statement on this bill here.

 

Administration for Community Living and Federal Partners Announce Two New Resources to Expand Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and partners from across the federal government jointly developed two new resources to help expand opportunities for competitive, integrated employment (CIE) for people with disabilities. CIE – jobs alongside coworkers with and without disabilities, in integrated settings in the community, at competitive wages, and with opportunities for advancement – is a critical part of community living.   

The Arc US Staff Presents on Marriage Penalties to Social Security Advisory Board

On July 29th, The Arc US’s Director of Financial Security Policy, David Goldfarb, presented to the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) on marriage penalties contained within Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. He was joined by colleagues from the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) and Justice in Aging. SSAB is an independent federal government agency that advises the President, the Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters of policy and administration of Social Security and SSI. The recorded briefing and materials are available here
 



Expert Testimony Shows Early Childhood Investments Deliver High Returns

The House Committee on the Budget released a report in late July based on expert testimony showing that a collection of supports to young children including nutrition, high quality childcare, universal preschool, and family tax credits leads to societal benefits. According to committee Chair John Yarmuth (D-KY), “Supporting our youngest Americans is one of the most concrete ways we can set our nation up for success. We call these programs investments because they pay off — literally — for children, for their families, for our society, and for our economy.” He reinforced that beyond the important impact on child development and wellbeing, “funding of critical early childhood programs leads to multiplier effects in many ways.” The report states, “In sum, high quality early childhood programs can yield a $4 to $9 economic return per $1 invested.”

 


Congress Punts On Aid For Struggling Disability Services System

"An ambitious plan to shore up Medicaid home and community-based services nationwide with the largest investment ever in the program has been whittled down to nothing.

After more than a year of negotiation, President Joe Biden is expected to sign a reconciliation bill tackling climate change and health care costs. The legislation now known as the Inflation Reduction Act is the latest iteration of a what was originally expected to be a much more expansive measure encompassing Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, including $400 billion in spending on home and community-based services." 

Read article here
 



‘People Will Die Waiting’: America’s System for the Disabled is Nearing Collapse

"Private agencies that provide services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled have long warned that, without fresh state and federal funding, they would be unable to provide housing and staff support to the growing number of Americans who need care.

Over the last 12 months, the Covid-19 pandemic’s lingering effects and once-in-a-generation inflation have turned dire predictions into sobering truths, and agency directors, who for years hobbled along on shoestring budgets, have done in 2022 what not long ago would have been unthinkable: closed their doors."

Read article here
 



PBS Documentary Explores Shortcomings Of Disability Support System

"What happens when a family is left to care for an adult who is deaf, blind and has autism without support? That’s the focus of a new documentary that’s set to premiere on national television.

The 60-minute film “He’s My Brother” follows co-director Christine Hanberg and her family as they look at what their future holds with her brother Peter, 31, who has multiple disabilities."

Read article here



ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS FROM
 
PA Office of Developmental Programs

 

ODP Announcement 22-093: Incident Management Representative Survey Link for Adult Autism Waiver Providers

ODP Announcement  22-087: Selection of New Medical Care Organizations (MCOs) for Individuals


ODP Announcement 22-092: Agency with Choice (AWC) Financial Management Service (FMS) Organization Listing

Charting the LifeCourse: Using Applying Principles and Using Tools to Support a Good Life

SAU1 September 2022 Event Calendar

ODP Announcement 22-091: New Medication Administration Platform Now Available for Trainer Candidates and Primary Contacts

ODP Announcement 22-090: Supports Intensity Scale-Adult™ and Pennsylvania Supplement Assessments - Return to in-person

ODPANN 22-089: Community Participation Support System Capacity Surveys


ODP Bulletin 00-22-05 Individual Support Plans

Enforcement Summary August 2022

MyODP Supporters Toolbox: A Life Worth Living
Legislative Updates from Katie Yost 

 

 
  • No legislative updates. 
 "Learn More"

 

Trainings/Workshops


Covid Compensatory Services
Friday, August 19, 2022 from 12 - 1:15 PM

Is your child with a IEP still not catching up since COVID? During COVID were education, services and supports missing that have never been provided? Were evaluations provided? Join the upcoming free webinar with Carole Clancy, Bureau Director at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, for COVID Compensatory Services (CCS): Moving Beyond the Impact of COVID-19. From The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education, and co-sponsored by: PEAL Center, The Arc of Pennsylvania, and HUNE.

Register Here.



ODP's Webinar on the ID/A Waiver Amendments Effective June 1, 2022
August 19, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


ODP is offering a webinar to discuss amendment changes to the Consolidated, Community Living, and P/FDS waivers (referred to as the ID/A waivers) that were approved by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and have been effective since June 1, 2022.

Register Here
 

ODP's Webinar Medically Complex Conditions Training Series - Part 4: Respiratory Assistance
August 23, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


ODP is offering a training series for Intellectual Disability/Autism (ID/A) Supports Coordination Organizations and Administrative Entities (AEs) on supporting individuals with medically complex conditions. The training series will cover a variety of topics aimed at increasing capacity for supports professionals when providing care for individuals with medically complex conditions. The series will offer guidance from medical professionals including ODP’s Medical Director Gregory Cherpes and Chief Nursing Officer Rhonda Gengler. Note: This series replaces the previously announced ‘Children with Medical Complexities’ training series.

Register Here. 
 

ODP's Webinar Medically Complex Condition Training Series - Part 5: Developmental Support
August 26, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


ODP is offering a training series for Intellectual Disability/Autism (ID/A) Supports Coordination Organizations and Administrative Entities (AEs) on supporting individuals with medically complex conditions. The training series will cover a variety of topics aimed at increasing capacity for supports professionals when providing care for individuals with medically complex conditions. The series will offer guidance from medical professionals including ODP’s Medical Director Gregory Cherpes and Chief Nursing Officer Rhonda Gengler. Note: This series replaces the previously announced ‘Children with Medical Complexities’ training series.

Register Here
 

ODP's Moving Forward: A Comprehensive Approach to Achieving Meaningful Participant Outcomes
August 29, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Supporting participants with complex needs is challenging. At times you may find yourself feeling stuck.  How can you move past barriers when you are trying to identify effective strategies to address participant risk and needs? How can you utilize existing resources and individual data in a way that is useful? This training is a first in a series that will use role playing to explore how Supports Coordinators and provider staff can utilize trainings and resources during consult time with their supervisors or within team meetings to determine next steps in the planning process for individuals in our programs. 

Register Here 
 

ODP's Webinar Putting Resources Into Practice: Service Snapshots: Assessing Assistive Technology for the AAW and ACAP Providers
August 30, 2022 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM


This training is specific to the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) providers. Would you like to know more about how to access Assistive Technology? And learn more about the process within the programs? This training will walk through a new "Service Snapshot" resource that explains the service and answers common questions received by providers.

Register Here

The Arc of PA's Discovery Training
September 7-9, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


This 3-day training will teach attendees a process used as an alternative to traditional vocational assessment in order to support customized employment goals of individuals with significant disabilities that are typically not given consideration for competitive community. In addition to the 3-day training, those seeking certification are required to complete additional fieldwork with a learning partner under the guidance of a mentor. Direct service providers of Advanced Supported Employment/Customized Employment are required to have this certification in PA.

Register Here
 

ACRE Basic Certification Training - via Zoom
September 12 - 14, 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 US' Virtual Conference on Transforming Crisis
September 13, 2022 from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM


For Black people, people of color, and particularly those with disabilities, an encounter with law enforcement while in crisis can lead to traumatizing and even fatal outcomes. The introduction of 988, the new national crisis hotline, has created momentum for advocates to push the tide towards a mental
health, peer support, and community de-escalation model for crisis response

Learn about: 
  • How disability, race, and law enforcement interact;
  • The individual, family, and community impact of crisis responses gone wrong; and 
  • Alternatives to law enforcement led crisis response at the local and federal levels
Register Here

The Arc of PA's Customized Job Development Training - Via Zoom
October 3 - 5, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Arc of Pennsylvania's Customized Job Development training will teach attendees the skills needed to find jobs that meet both the needs of an individual with disabilities while matching the needs of an employer. After the training, attendees seeking certification will then complete approximately 40 hours of fieldwork with a learning partner.

Register Here
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