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January 6, 2022
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Office of Developmental Programs Announces Updated ID/A Waiver Fee Rate Schedule Open for Public Comments

January 1, 2022 - January 31, 2022

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is seeking feedback and comments on the proposed Fee Schedule Rates for services funded through the Consolidated, Community Living, P/FDS, and Adult Autism Waivers and Base-funded program, residential ineligible services, and the accompanying rate assumption logs.

The proposed Fee Schedule Rates, Department-Established Fees, and assumption logs used to develop the rates for the Consolidated, Community Living, and P/FDS Waivers and Base-funded program are available HERE. 

The proposed Fee Schedule Rates, Department-Established Fees, and assumption logs used to develop the rates for the Adult Autism Waiver are available HERE

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed rates and waiver amendments. Comments should be addressed to the Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Division of Provider Assistance and Rate Setting, 4th Floor, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Comments may also be submitted to the Department at ra-ratesetting@pa.gov using subject header ''Proposed ID/A Rates.''

Pennsylvania News

 

Preliminary State House and Senate Maps Approved by Redistricting Commission 

The PA Redistricting Commission convened to vote on the pre-liminary state House and Senate Maps based off of the 2020 census data. The proposed State Senate map passed unanimously, and the proposed State House map passed 3-2. The public have 30 days to provide public comment on the map.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission will hold public hearings the approved maps. They are:

  • January 6th at 3 pm and 6 pm; and
  • January 7th at 9 am and 1 pm

The hearings will be held in-person at Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in the Capitol Complex or can be participated in remotely. Those wishing to participate in-person or remotely can register on the commission’s website at: www.redistricting.state.pa.us. The reapportionment commission also is accepting public comment on the maps on its website until Jan. 16.


Governor Wolf Announces New Acting PA Secretary of State

Governor Tom Wolf today announced his intention to name Leigh M. Chapman to serve as Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth. Chapman will replace Acting Secretary Veronica Degraffenreid, who will be elevated to serve in the Administration as a special advisor to the governor.  Chapman will serve as Acting Secretary beginning Saturday, January 8, 2022. 

Read the press release here


ODP Announces Proposed Increases to ID/A Waiver Cap Limits

ODP also proposes to increase the limits on the maximum dollar amount of Waiver services in Appendix C-4 as follows effective January 1, 2022:

  • The current limit of $70,000 per person per fiscal year for Community Living Waiver services will be increased to $85,000. Supports Coordination services will continue to be excluded from this limit.
  • The current limit of $33,000 per person per fiscal year for P/FDS Waiver services will be increased to $41,000. Supports Coordination and Supports Broker services will continue to be excluded from this limit. The limit can continue to be exceeded by $15,000 for Advanced Supported Employment or Supported Employment services.

The proposed increases will ensure that the proposed changes to the Fee Schedule Rates do not result in a reduction or loss of Waiver services for individuals.


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


PA Community on Transition Survey

The Pennsylvania Community on Transition is looking for stakeholder feedback to learn about how youth with disabilities across PA set goals and plan for adulthood. The two attached flyers - one for the youth surveyone for the adult survey – offer instructions on how to participate. 

The survey response deadline is January 15, 2022.


OVR Announces Public Comment Open on VR Services Portion of the Combined PA State Plan 2 Year Modification
January 5, 2022 - February 4, 2022

The PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has amended the draft to the 2-year modification of the 2020-2024 VR Services Portion of the Combined State Plan. A new 30-day public comment period will be opened from January 5, 2022 – February 4, 2022.
 
An additional public meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 11 a.m. – noon. During this meeting, OVR will review information in the recently amended 2-Year Modification to the VR Services Portion of the Combined State Plan. Following a summary presentation, the public will be invited the opportunity to provide comment on this plan. Anyone unable to attend the public meeting to provide comment can provide comment at  ra-li- ovrfeedback@pa.gov.

To access the State Plan 2-Year Modification Draft, click HERE

To register for the Zoom public meeting, register HERE
 


Bilingual Assistance Offered for ARPA Stabilization Grant Applications

The Pennsylvania Key will host recurring office hours for Spanish speaking early childhood education providers interested in applying for the ARPA Stabilization grant. All types of child care settings–center, group and home-based–are invited to participate in this effort, geared to support Spanish speaking owners, directors and administrators. During the office hours, a bilingual (Spanish/English) representative will be available to translate on the call, as well as a Registry Specialist who can answer questions and provide demonstrations relating to the PA PD Registry and the ARPA Stabilization Grant.
 
The first series is Assistance with APRA Grant applications in the PD Registry (No registration needed)

 
In February 2022, monthly office hours will continue to occur in Spanish to help with Career Pathway level processing, financial aid for the CDA, and additional topics that meet the need of the Spanish speaking early childhood professionals in Pennsylvania.
Questions: Please email Alejoh@pakeys.org (English) or Reblam@pakeys.org (Spanish)


Early Childhood Education Credentials Consultant Request for Applications

Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) through its partnership with the Pennsylvania Key is seeking to contract with an individual to develop two, system-supported Early Childhood Education Credentials. This work will add two additional, system-supported options for child care staff to Pennsylvania’s Career Pathway-an alternative Level A ECE Competency Credential and an alternative Level B ECE Competency Credential. Interested applicants should submit information no later than Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, 4:00 p.m.

To learn more, click here


 


Disability in the News


IRS Raises Limit for ABLE Accounts

"For the first time in four years, the amount of money that people with disabilities can save without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits is rising.

Starting this month, the Internal Revenue Service said that the federal gift tax exclusion is growing from $15,000 to $16,000 annually. That same cap also applies to contributions to ABLE accounts, a special savings vehicle for people with disabilities."

Read the article here


Your View by Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. senator: Home Care Bill Priority for 2022

"Caregiving services, often called home and community-based services, improve the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities, allowing them to live in their own homes and remain active in their communities. Yet historically, our nation viewed caregiving as a personal problem for each family to solve on its own."

Read the article here


People with Intellectual Disabilities Deserve Access to COVID-19 Care

"The Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization of Mulnupiravir and Paxlovid to treat COVID-19 for people at high risk for severe disease brings great hope to the global community of people who are impacted by intellectual disability (IDD). As a result, it is critically important that health care providers make this life-saving treatment available immediately to people with intellectual disabilities that test positive for COVID-19 – and advocate for those individuals."

Read the article here


Biden Administration Launches Housing and Services Resource Center for People with Disabilities

On December 8, the Health and Human Services Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development launched a Housing and Services Recourse Center to help older adults and people with disabilities access federal resources and guidance on both housing and services that support community living, including Medicaid-funded home and community-based services, vouchers, and other programs.

You can see more information on the services available here.


Newly Crowned Miss America Puts Focus On Disabilities

"Broyles, a biomedical sciences major at Arizona State University and aspiring dermatologist, highlighted how women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder like herself are often not diagnosed at all."

Read the full article here


 


ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS FROM
 
PA Office of Developmental Programs

 
 
MyODP Podcast-- A Supporter's Toolbox :Sharing a Few Favorite Episodes

ODP Announcement 21-091: Social Security Administration (SSA) Announces 2022 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

ODP Announcement 21-092: Now Available-- Home and Community-Based Settings Rule Assessments Licensing Results for Fiscal Year 2020-2021

MyODP Podcast: Know When to Hold'em, Know When to Fold'em-- Opportunities In Quitting 

ODP Announcement 21-094: Changes to the Remote Supports Component of Assistive Technology in the Consolidated, Community Living, and Person/Family Direct Support (P/FDS) Waivers

ODP Announcement 21-093: The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Revalidation of Service Locations – Reminder

SAU1 Events Calendar January 2022

Health Update-613-UPD-UPDATE: COVID-19 Treatment Options

ODP Announcement 21-095: Public Comment-Proposed Established Fee Schedule Rates for Services Funded Through Office of Developmental Programs' (ODP) Waivers and Base-funding

Teaching Individuals with Disabilities About Personal Finance

Invitation to Apply to the Capacity Building Institute

Workshop Series for Support Coordinators (SCs) Continues

A Supporters Toolbox: Being Connected--An Alternative To Worry
Legislative Updates from Katie Yost 

 

  • Senate Bill 924, which was introduced by Senator Michele Brooks, would halt the announced closure of Polk and White Haven State Center for at least 5 years. Institutes a task force to review the impact of the planned closure to the residents, staff, and local economy. A closure can only move forward once a majority vote of the task force approves the closure. The bill has been referred to the House Health Committee. 
 
  • Senate Bill 995, which was introduced by Senator Carolyn Comitta, would expand Hate Crimes protections to people with intellectual disability or physical disability. The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. 
 "Learn More"

 

Trainings/Workshops

 

Adult Autism Waiver Virtual Office House 
January 10, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on the Adult Autism Waiver, answer questions, and provide technical assistance and support. These meetings are held for all ODP providers and SCs providing AAW services. The Virtual Office Hours (VOH) starts with an overview of any new ODP Announcements and also includes a) highlights of new practices, b) a review of topics and questions sent in advance, and c) a discussion of any concerns that have come up in the past few weeks. Providers will be able to ask questions directly of AAW Regional Office (RO) Representatives.

Register Here. 


Teaching Individuals with Disabilities about Personal Finance
Part 1 - January 12, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Part 2 - January 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM


Pennsylvania Treasury, the Department of Banking and Securities, and the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) are joining together to put on a two-part series entitled Teaching Individuals with Disabilities about Personal Finance.

Register for Part 1 HERE
Register for Part 2 HERE


Human Rights Webinar: Making a Determination 
January 12, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ODP is offering members of Human Rights Teams (HRT) and Human Rights Committees (HRC) webinar training to delve into the process of “MAKING A DETERMINATION.”

Each session will explore a unique practice scenario and discuss the use of restrictive procedures and whether the proposed intervention is restrictive. Included in the session will be opportunities for in-depth discussion about the process and offer guidance to teams as they evaluate individuals’ behavior support plans. We will review the relevant factors to be considered when evaluating potential interventions and determining whether they may be restrictive.

Register Here


Provider Qualification (PQ) Training for Adult Autism Waiver Supports Coordination Organizations 
January 12, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This session is targeted to Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers (or SCOS for the SCO session) whose MPI number ends in 3-4-5 or enrolled in AAW in the preceding Fiscal Year. The training will review the Provider/SCO Requalification process which begins in February 2022 for these specific providers/SCOs. The session will focus on the steps and requirements of the requalification process which all AAW providers and SCOs have to participate in at least once every three years.

Register Here. 


Statewide Positive Approaches & Practice Meeting
January 13, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) will host the next Statewide Positive Approaches & Practices Meetings on a topic of Interagency Collaboration. 

Register Here


Provider Qualification Training for Adult Autism Waiver Providers 
January 13, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This session is targeted to Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers whose MPI number ends in 3-4-5 or enrolled in AAW in the preceding Fiscal Year. The training will review the Provider/SCO Requalification process which begins in February 2022 for these specific providers/SCOs. The session will focus on the steps and requirements of the requalification process which all AAW providers and SCOs have to participate in at least once every three years.

Register Here. 


PEAL Center Speaking Engagement with Keith Jones
January 18, 2022 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Please join the PEAL Center for National Speaker Keith Jones on January 18th at Noon on Zoom.
Mr. Jones will be talking about the importance of the role family plays in attaining and sustaining self-defined independence through education, employment, and community inclusion for people with disabilities. Mr. Jones will also discuss how the continued lack of awareness and importance given to policies and practices that are barriers to true inclusion of people with disabilities. 

Register Here


Use of Technology and Remote Supports in Residential Settings
January 18, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The use of assistive technology and remote supports in residential settings can be beneficial in helping individuals achieve their goals and outcomes. This webinar addresses requirements and best practices when using assistive technology and remote supports in residential settings. There will be time during the session for presenters to answer questions submitted by participants during the webinar.

Register Here


ACRE Basic Certification Training
January 19, 2022 - January 21, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM each day

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 


Orientation for Administrative Entities - Part 1
January 21, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Education Series for Administrative Entities. This session will cover basic organizational structure, DHS cornerstone initiatives, and how DHS weaves together a cross-system support network that achieves these goals.

Register Here. 


RAISE Family Caregiver and Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SGRG) Advisory Council 
January 25, 2022 from 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

ACL is pleased to announce the first joint meeting of the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, as they come together to begin development of the National Family Caregiving Strategy. 

Online Attendance:
All information for this meeting will be posted on both Council’s web pages. For more information, please visit the RAISE or SGRG pages.

The virtual meeting is open to the public. Registration is not required to attend via webinar. The webinar link will be open for access (live) 5 minutes prior to the meeting start time. A copy of the agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.


Creative Direct Supports Using Technology Series: Employment Supports (Session 1 of 3)
January 28, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to provide remote services to some people we support. The good news is that we have learned creative ways to use technology while maintaining quality. This virtual targeted training (VTT) series will share strategies to provide these remote support, when needed. This first session will review strategies, tips, and tools when providing Job Coaching support.

Register Here. 


ACRE Basic Certification Training
February 4, 2022 - February 6, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM each day

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 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
 

 


 


 

 

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