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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-082: Update  to the Adult Autism Waiver Provider Information Table
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties that the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Provider Information Table (PIT) is being released with updated procedure codes for the Specialized Skill Development: Behavioral Specialist service.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Community HealthChoices Fact Sheet: Continuity of Care
Purpose On June 30, 2020, the continuity of care period for long-term services and supports in the Northeast, Northwest, and Lehigh/Capital Regions ended. Community HealthChoices (CHC) is now fully implemented across Pennsylvania.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 — July Antivirus Power Connect Calendar
Purpose Use YOUR power to stay connected through our projects SASE (Self Advocate Support and Empowerment) and SAPNA (Self Advocacy Power Network for All).
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-083 : Provider Requalification for Cycle 1 Year 3
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce the requalification process for Cycle 1 Year 3. Below is an updated timeline to meet the extension based on the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s subsequent Proclamation of Disaster Emergency.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 30, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Masks: Cloth Face Coverings and Surgical Face Masks
Purpose Wearing a face mask has been recommended by the Secretary of Health to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is expected that staff who provide services wear a face covering or a mask during the entirety of service provision.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 30, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Virtual Training Offerings July 2020
Purpose Virtual Training Offerings have expanded! Pre-registration for each session is required.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 30, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP COVID-19 Update for Stakeholders
Purpose Join Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens for an update on ODP’s response to the evolving pandemic.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 29, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Reminder for all AAW and ACAP Behavior Specialists and SCs - New QuestionPro Link for PRE 
Purpose This is a reminder to all Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Supports Coordinators, AAW Behavioral Specialist providers, and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Supports Coordinators and Behavioral Health Specialists to use the new QuestionPro link to enter Periodic Risk Evaluation (PRE) assessments, effective July 1, 2020.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 26, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-081: Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) Virtual Training Now Available on MyODP
Purpose To announce the availability of a virtual FBA Training on MyODP
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 25, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-080: EIM Enhancements
Purpose To provide information and resources related to the EIM enhancements that will go live Saturday, June 27, 2020 as part of HCSIS release 65.05.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Supports Brokers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-077: Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) Wage Ranges and Benefit Allowance for Specific Participant Directed Services
Purpose This Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) communication is intended to issue the wage and benefit range tables for specific participant directed services (PDS) provided to participants utilizing the VF/EA FMS model, effective July 1, 2020.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Supports Brokers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-078: Agency with Choice (AWC) Wage Ranges and Benefit Allowance for Specific Participant Directed Services Effective July 1, 2020
Purpose This Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) communication is intended to provide the wage range tables for specific participant directed services to individuals utilizing the AWC FMS model effective July 1, 2020. The following is a brief overview of the items that are included in this communication.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: 20-067: COVID19 - IHCS Companion Readiness Guide
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce the release of The Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) In-Home and Community Supports (IHCS) and Companion Readiness Tool for COVID-19.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Update: Registering Users for the Provider Staff COVID-19 Tracking Form
Purpose The Provider Staff COVID-19 Tracking Form became effective June 10 as a web-based tool for providers to report and track suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst provider staff.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link:
ODP Announcement 20-079: Agency with Choice (AWC) Financial Management Services (FMS) Organization Listing

Purpose To provide a list of current AWC FMS organizations that are available to support participants and surrogates who have chosen to self- direct some or all of their Participant Directed Services (PDS) using the AWC FMS model and are enrolled in the Consolidated, Community Living, or Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waivers.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 22, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 — June Antivirus Power Connect Calendar
Purpose Join as many calls as you can to connect with other people while we can’t meet in person. Share the info with your friends, family and coworkers. Let’s start each call with a check-in to hear how folks are doing and share resources during this tough time.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 22, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Making Employment Work: Basic ACRE Certification Training
Purpose 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.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 18, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self-Advocate Transition Guide Now Available
Purpose The Self-Advocate Transition Guide for community re-entry is now available.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 18, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-076: Coronavirus Disease - Diagnoses Associated with Elevated Risk of Severe Illness or Death Following COVID-19 Infection 6-18-2020
Purpose To provide information about diagnoses and conditions associated with elevated risk for severe illness when an individual is infected with COVID-19.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-073: New Procedure Codes for AAW Behavioral Specialist Services
Purpose To communicate that new BSS procedure codes have been added to PROMISe and HCSIS to replace the procedure codes causing error codes and denials
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: MyODP Announcement 20-074: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Community Participation Support (CPS) Retainer Payments Update
Purpose To provide an update on the status of and requirements for CPS retainer payments.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-075: Extension of Annual Practicum Deadline for Medication Administration Trainer Recertification
Purpose To announce that the annual practicum deadline for any current staff who would be due to be Recertified on or before July 31, 2020 has been extended to August 31, 2020, and to announce upcoming Virtual Face to Face classes.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-071: Pennsylvania ODP – Provider Staff COVID-19 Tracking Forms
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to introduce the web-based provider staff COVID19 reporting and tracking forms.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-072: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) At-a-Glance Reopening Guide by Phase (Review before release)
Purpose To provide guidance to stakeholders about Governor Wolf’s plan to Reopen Pennsylvania that includes service-specific guidance in the “Green Phase.” Additionally, this announcement provides an update to the field on guidance for mask usage, screening, and handwashing.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-069: 2020-2021 Waivers Cap Exceptions Guidance for the Person/Family Directed Support and Community Living Waivers
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide additional guidance to Individual Support Planning Teams on the criteria for requesting a cap exception for the Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) and Community Living Waivers.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-070: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Funding for Providers of ODP Waiver Services 
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to alert providers to the distribution of funds from the CARES Act
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link:
CPS Emerging Practices Webinar: Northeast Region

Purpose ODP invites Community Participation Support providers to join a webinar presentation to learn about innovative remote support practices from fellow providers.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 8, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-068: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Applying Department of Health Testing Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities' Residents and Healthcare Personnel to Community and Life Sharing Homes
Purpose This announcement provides guidance to Community and Life Sharing Home providers about how to apply COVID-19 testing guidance issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 5, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-066: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Guidance for Visitation in Residential Settings Licensed by the Office of Developmental Programs in the Green Phase of the Process to Reopen PA 
Purpose To provide guidance on establishing visitation policies in residential settings when a county transitions to the Green Phase of Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. Residential settings include licensed and unlicensed community homes (55 Pa. Code Chapter 6400) and licensed and unlicensed family living homes (55 Pa. Code Chapter 6500).
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 5, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: CPS Emerging Practices Webinar: Northeast Region
Purpose ODP invites Community Participation Support providers to join a webinar presentation to learn about innovative remote support practices from fellow providers.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Learn about the PAABLE Savings Program
Purpose 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.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Supports Brokers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-065: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Clarification for Reporting Cases of COVID-19
Purpose To provide supplemental guidance to stakeholders regarding reporting cases of COVID19 to the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) for individuals registered or enrolled and staff. This guidance is supplemental to ODP Announcement 20-049 UPDATE issued on 4/30/2020 and provides clarification as testing standards and best-practices continue to evolve.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: VTT-VOH June 2020 Schedule Update
Purpose Pre-registration for each session is required.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Behavioral Specialists
Supports Brokers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-064: AAW and ACAP Periodic Risk Evaluation (PRE) Revisions and Training
Purpose To provide updated PRE resources and to announce revisions to the PRE tool in QuestionPro and an upcoming Virtual Targeted Training (VTT) that will replace the existing PRE training module currently posted on MyODP
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Positive Approaches Journal Volume 9, Issue 1 Now Available!
Purpose The theme of this issue is Navigating the Justice System: Considerations, Best Practices, and Points to Ponder
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Family Forum with PA Family Network By Families For Families

Purpose Join other families and individuals with disabilities to discuss the current impact of the Coronavirus in our lives. Get the Latest updates - Answers to your questions - Discuss concerns - Network with other families
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: The Virtual 2020 Pennsylvania Community of Practice Transition Conference
Purpose Each year the PA Community of Practice Transition Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders to share information, explore resources, and gain knowledge regarding successful practices in secondary transition. The conference will take place virtually on July 15, 2020. The full event program including a schedule of events, presenters, and a mail in registration form is attached.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-061: Requesting Provider Information - New Process for Reporting COVID-19 for Provider Staff Due June 4
Purpose To provide updated guidance for reporting COVID-19 for Provider Staff
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-025: Registration Information Update for eCIS-ODP Business Partners
Purpose The Department of Human Services (DHS) is moving from CIS to a different system (eCIS) for viewing client data. All business partners and their users are required to register for access to eCIS. Data will be transitioned in four phases, the first of which was Phase 1 on February 18, 2020. Phase 2 occurred on May 18, 2020. Dates have been established for the final two phases of the transfer of data. Phase 3 is now scheduled for June 15, 2020 and will transition client data for 24 more counties. Client data for the remaining counties will be transitioned on July 13, 2020.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 28, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: AIDinPA Family Transition & Resource Guides
Purpose To assist with COVID-19 changes, AIDinPA - a collaboration between PA Healthcare Quality Units, ASERT, Community of Practice, and ODP – has compiled resources for easing community re-entry in compliance with state regulations while prioritizing an individual’s desires
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 28, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-063: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Reinstatement of the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult™ and Pennsylvania Supplement Assessments
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that effective June 1, 2020, the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult™ (SIS-ATM) and Pennsylvania (PA) Supplement assessments will be reinstated for counties that have transitioned to the yellow and green phases of Governor Wolf’s Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 28, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Resuming Licensing Inspections
Purpose Beginning May 28th, DHS will resume annual renewal inspections in alignment with the Governor’s plan to re-open parts of the state. This communication includes information about the phases for re-opening.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 28, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Family Transition and Resources Guide
Purpose To assist, AIDinPA - a collaboration between PA Healthcare Quality Units, ASERT, Community of Practice, and ODP – has compiled resources for easing community re-entry in compliance with state regulations while prioritizing an individual’s desires.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 27, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-062: ODP Administrative Entity (AE) Facility Based Community Participation Supports Readiness Tool for COVID-19
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce the release of The Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Facility Based Community Participation Supports Readiness Tool for COVID-19.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 27, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 — June Antivirus Power Connect Calendar
Purpose Use YOUR power to stay connected through our projects SASE (Self Advocate Support and Empowerment), ​Team V (volunteer) ​and SAPNA (Self Advocacy Power Network for All)​. Share the info with your friends, family and coworkers.
Status: archive
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 26, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-060: COVID-19 Reinstatement of Quality Assessment & Improvement Cycle 1 Year 3 Activities
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce the reinstatement of Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) Cycle 1 Year 3 (C1Y3) activities for entities in and/or moving into the yellow phase of Governor Wolf’s Process to Re-Open Pennsylvania.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 26, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: How Do the Economic Impact Payments Affect the Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Participants?
Purpose . This document has been developed to provide guidance that has been released in multiple documents in one place. Updated material is found below.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 25, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-61: COVID-19 - Requesting Provider Information - New Process for Reporting COVID-19 for Provider Staff
Purpose To provide updated guidance for reporting COVID-19 for Provider Staff
Status: archive
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Reminder: Family Forum with PA Family Network By Families For Families

Purpose Join other families and individuals with disabilities to discuss the current impact of the Coronavirus in our lives.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 21, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-059: COVID-19 - Appendix K FAQ - IDA Waivers and AAW
Purpose To communicate operational guidance through a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format regarding services rendered through the Consolidated, Community Living, Person/Family Directed Support, and Adult Autism Waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 21, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 — Antivirus Power Connect Calendar 5-25 to 6-5
Purpose Join as many calls as you can to connect while we can’t meet in person. Share the info with your friends, family and coworkers.
Status: archive
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: CPS Assessment Tool COVID-19
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs invites stakeholders to join Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens and Director of the Bureau of Supports Sheila Theodorou for a webinar to review the soon to be released Community Participation Supports Tool.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: AAW Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-058: Additional Fields in HCSIS Service Notes Now Available for the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to notify SCOs enrolled in the AAW of a change to the service note fields in HCSIS
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 19, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Updated FBA Training--Coming Soon!
Purpose An interactive, self-paced, virtual FBA training to replace the existing train-the-trainer model
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-056 (UPDATE)--Individual Transition Guide with Spanish Edition
Purpose Please see the attached communication from the Office of Developmental Programs: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Individual Transition Guide. The purpose of this communication is to announce the release of The Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Individual Transition Guide. The Individual Transition Guide is now available in Spanish.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 16, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Together@Home-Resources for Youth and Families Sponsored By PaTTAN
Purpose Together@Home: Resources for Youth and Families is a virtual conference designed specifically for families and students to finish the school year strong. Presenters will offer twenty-minute sessions to assist with learning in a virtual environment and several sessions have been specially designed just for students.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 16, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Individual Transition Guide follow-up Resources and Q&A
Purpose For SCOs and AEs in attendance for the May 14th session
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 14, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-057: Health Risk Screening Tool Timeline Update  
Purpose To provide an updated timeline of target dates for the completion the Health Risk Screening Tool.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Individual Transition Guide Webinar  for Supports Coordination Organizations and Administrative Entities 
Purpose The Individual Transition Guide is to be used by a support team to collect information concerning preparations necessary for the time when stay at home orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Registration link correction - ODP Virtual Training Offering Schedule Change May 2020
Purpose This training will discuss the process and provide examples and tools for goal development and practice during times of transition.
Status: archive
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 12, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-052 UPDATE: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in Counties Designated by the Governor as Yellow Phase
Purpose To provide updated guidance to stakeholders about Governor Wolf’s announcement of counties that are moving to the “yellow phase” and provide service-specific guidance to ODP stakeholders
Status: archive
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 11, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-055: Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 Renewal Guidance 
Purpose This Office of Developmental Program (ODP) communication is intended to provide guidance for the FY 2020-2021 renewal period. The following topical areas will be addressed in this communication: 1. General Guidance –Consideration for COVID-19 Pandemic 2. Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) and Community Living Waiver (CLW) Cap Exceptions 3. Reminder: Leap Year to Non-Leap Year 4. Variance Process for Established Service Requirements 5. Consolidated Waiver Fee Schedule Residential Rate Exception 6. Resources
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 11, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Supports Brokers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-056: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)- Individual Transition Guide
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce the release of The Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Individual Transition Guide. This guide is constructed for use during weekly well-being check-ins with individuals, caregivers and/or staff, as appropriate, to gather information related to transition and preparation for the lifting of stay at home orders that had been put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide can also be used by individuals, families, and providers to prepare for reintegration activities.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 11, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Individual Transition Guide Webinar (All Stakeholder Session) Final
Purpose The Individual Transition Guide is to be used by a support team to collect information concerning preparations necessary for the time when stay at home orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted. The guide contains questions and resources the team can use to support an individual’s transition to a desired setting.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 11, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Reminder: Communication Matters Training Opportunity

Purpose Communication is foundational and forms the basis of our interactions. Having effective communication, both as the expressive communicator and the listener, shows respect and value of the other person. ODP will be holding four virtual sessions that will include information surrounding the complexity and importance of communication. Attendees will leave with strategies and tools to better support those with complex communication needs.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Name / Link: On-Going VOHs for AAW Providers
Purpose ODP will continue to be available to provide support, technical assistance (TA) and to promote solution-driven discussion during the COVID-19 epidemic, by holding bi-weekly virtual office hours for all AAW providers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
All Interested Parties
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A message from Deputy Secretary Ahrens to CPS & Employment Service Providers

Purpose Due to the overwhelming response, we are closing submissions as of this date. Please remain patient with us while we conduct this review. We will be in touch with the contacts specified in the response form you completed as we move forward this spring and early summer.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: VTT - Using Ecological Inventories to Support Skill Building During Transitions
Purpose An ecological approach to assessment helps to uncover the skills critical for success in an individual's desired work, play and living environments. This training will discuss the process and provide examples and tools for goal development and practice during times of transition.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 7, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: A Message to Nurses from Secretary Teresa Miller
Purpose Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services, Teresa Miller, would like to thank all nurses for their dedication during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 7, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Using Virtual Supports in Employment Services Webinar
Purpose Join AAIDD on Tuesday, May 12 to learn how virtual supports can assist employment service administration.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 5, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-053: Revised Timeline for Incident Management Bulletin and Enterprise Incident Management System Enhancements
Purpose To provide updated issuance and effective dates for the revised Incident Management Bulletin and subsequent changes to the Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) system.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 5, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-054- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Modifications to Medical Examinations for Residential Staff and Individuals and to Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose To announce the temporary modification of regulatory requirements relating to staff and individual medical examinations and service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement UPDATE 20-025: Registration Information Update for eCIS - ODP Business Partners
Purpose The Department of Human Services (DHS) is moving from CIS to a different system (eCIS) for viewing client data. All business partners and their users are required to register for access to eCIS. Data will be transitioned in four phases beginning with Phase 1 on February 18, 2020. Transitioning will still occur in four phases, but DHS has adjusted the timeline of Phase 2 – Phase 4.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: Regarding  April Covid-19 CPS Retainer Payments 
Purpose For all CPS service providers for April retainer payments.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 — Antivirus Power Connect Calendar (5/11-5/22)
Purpose Join as many calls as you can to connect while we can’t meet in person. Share the info with your friends, family and coworkers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Office of Developmental Programs Virtual Training Offerings May 2020
Purpose Pre-registration for each session is required. Use the linked title in the schedule attached to this message to register.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 30, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-051: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Available Behavioral Specialists
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide a list of agencies that are available to provide Behavioral Specialist services remotely during this time of increased need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 30, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-050- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Requesting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Licensed Residential Facilities from the Pennsylvania Department of Health
Purpose To provide guidance regarding the process for requesting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for ODP licensed facilities from the PA Department of Health (DOH).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 30, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: How Do the Economic Impact Payments Affect the Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Participants?
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has received questions about how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) economic impact payments (or recovery rebates), which are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will affect benefits. This announcement will provide information regarding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) economic impact payments. The attachment will provide further detail on how these payments affect participant benefits.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 29, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Supports Brokers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: Upcoming Webinar: AAC and AT in the Time of COVID-19
Purpose TechOWL will provide an informative webinar about Assistive Technology and AAC and support services during the time of COVID.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 28, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: A message from Deputy Secretary Ahrens to CPS & Employment Service Providers 
Purpose The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly created numerous challenges in service delivery.Please take 15 or 20 minutes out of your day and summarize for us examples of the service delivery options you have initiated over the last six weeks, using the attached form.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 28, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-049 UPDATE- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Reporting Cases of COVID-19
Purpose . This updated announcement replaces previous versions of the communication which contained reference to Personal Protective Equipment. That information has now been separated out into Announcement 20-050: Requesting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Licensed Residential Facilities from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 27, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Reminder: Register Today for the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Supports Coordination Meeting/Virtual Office Hours (VOH) Regarding Appendix K Operational Guide specific to AAW
Purpose All Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) SC and SC Supervisors are invited to join us as we facilitate conversations and field questions regarding Appendix K Operational Guide specific to the AAW.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: A Message to DSPs from Secretary Teresa Miller
Purpose Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services, Teresa Miller, would like to thank all direct support professionals for their dedication during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Temple University Institute on Disabilities: Share Your Stories About PDS
Purpose Do you direct your own services? Do you support someone who directs their services? How have person directed services changed your life? You are invited to share your story
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 22, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-048: Temporary Changes to the College of Employment Services ACRE Fieldwork Assignments During COVID-19 Pandemic 
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to inform providers of the new, temporary directions regarding fieldwork assignments approved by the College of Employment Services (CES).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 21, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:  Updated SAU1 Antivirus Power Connect Calendar
Purpose Use YOUR power to stay connected through our projects SASE (Self Advocate Support and Empowerment), Team V (volunteer) and SAPNA (Self Advocacy Power Network for All). Join as many calls as you can to connect while we can’t meet in person. Share the info with your friends, family and coworkers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-046:Adult Autism Waiver Provider Information Table Reissued
Purpose To inform interested parties that the most recent AAW Provider Information Table is now published.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-047 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Facilitating Personal Relationships When Visitors are Restricted in Residential Settings  
Purpose To outline guidance for residential providers to develop policies for managing visitors while facilitating personal relationships between each individual and persons of their choosing
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 15, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Medication Administration Upcoming Online Classes Announced
Purpose In response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency and actions that are being instituted throughout Pennsylvania in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) will be extending the Medication Administration Course Trainer Certification for currently certified trainers to August 31, 2020
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 14, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:
Human Services Secretary Encourages All Pennsylvanians to Help Report Child Abuse Amidst COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
Purpose Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller and Angela Liddle, President and CEO of the PA Family Support Alliance, today reminded Pennsylvanians that DHS’ ChildLine, a 24/7 hotline for reporting concerns of child abuse or neglect,
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 14, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: May ACRE Flyer 2020
Purpose The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Making Employment Work course is an ACRE Basic Certification Training. In order to receive certification, participants must attend a 3-day, live webinar training and then complete a self-paced, online curriculum. Please review the attachment for registration information and course system requirements.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Safeguard Against Disability Discrimination During COVID-19 Fact Sheet 
Purpose The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities has published a new fact sheet for health care professionals describing best practices and legal requirements for health care when serving people with disabilities.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-045: Adding the Transportation Service to an Individual Support Plan in the Adult Autism Waiver 
Purpose To provide guidance to AAW Supports Coordinators (SCs) and their supervisors for adding the Transportation service to Individual Support Plans (ISPs).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 12, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-044: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Supports Coordinator Check-In for Well Being Tool 
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce the release of ODPs Supports Coordinator (SC) Check-in for Well-Being Tool to be used when conducting weekly check-in calls with individuals, caregivers, and/or staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-042: Final Public Notice for Transportation Trip Fee Schedule Rates in the Adult Autism Waiver 
Purpose This Office of Developmental Program (ODP) communication announces that the final public notice for Transportation Trip Fee Schedule Rates in the Adult Autism Waiver have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link:  ODP Announcement 20-043: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Communication
Purpose To announce and disseminate the Tool Kit for Communication and COVID-19
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 8, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: HRST Resources for Providers 
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs would like to share Health Risk Screening online training resources for providers
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 8, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODPANN 20-041 UPDATE: COVID-19 - Provider Guidance for Reporting Cases of COVID-19
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to give guidance to providers, ICF/IDs and SCOs when reporting cases of COVID-19 for individuals and Direct Service Professionals/provider staff.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 8, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Provider  Virtual Office Hours (VOH): Q & A Sessions on Appendix K   
Purpose We invite all AAW providers to join us as we facilitate a Q & A session to discuss a range of topics and share helpful information on AAW-specific concerns related to Appendix K.
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