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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 21, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Name / Link: New Times Available: Scheduled One-On-One Incident Management Virtual Office Hours (VOH)
Purpose Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) providers are invited to sign up for a scheduled one-on-one VOH session to discuss incident management topics with BSASP.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-104: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Version 2 of the Operational Guide for Appendix K: Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Community Living, Consolidated, and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers
Purpose To announce updatedoperational guidance to implement services through Appendix K flexibilities approved for the Community Living, Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Interim Act 24 Reporting Extended to October 28, 2020
Purpose DHS is extending the deadline for the Interim Act 24 Reporting to October 28. The web reporting tool will remain open until this date. An email on Act 24 Cost Reporting was sent to providers receiving Act 24 payments on September 30 and included information on the required Interim Report.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Supports Broker Certification Training Virtual Classes
Purpose This 2-part training provides prospective Supports Brokers with information they need to understand Participant-Directed Services (PDS) and the role the Support Broker plays in helping people be successful with directing their own services. Guided by principles of self-determination, training participants will gain knowledge and skills necessary to: Enhance natural supports, Facilitate person centered planning, Support participants with employer related responsibilities, and Assist with ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and rules.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Thresholds of Community Spread Report
Purpose Attached is the Thresholds for Community Spread Report as described in ODP Announcement 20-101. Providers are responsible to review the report and make any necessary changes according to the status of their county. The publication of the Threshold for Community Spread Report will follow publication of DOH’s updated Dashboard numbers, which is available on Friday of each week.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 19, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Monthly Trainings - November 2020 Virtual Trainings
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs is pleased to announce its November trainings.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 15, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ASD@PSU Monthly Seminar Series 
Purpose Welcome Dr. Diane L. Williams, Professor and Department Head, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University, will present “Speech-Language Pathology and ASD: How Language Research Can Inform Clinical Practice”.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 14, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-103: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) New Individual Support Plan (ISP) Signature Form
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, ODPANN 20-103: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) New Individual Support Plan (ISP) Signature Form and accompanying attachment. This communication notifies SCs, SC supervisors, providers and other interested parties of the new ISP Signature Form (DP 1032 AAW).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-101: Temporary Closure of Older Adult Daily Living Centers, Structured Day Habilitation, and Licensed Facilities Where Community Participation Support is Provided Due to Community Spread and When Staff or Individuals Are Diagnosed
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is To provide temporary closure guidance to Older Adult Daily Living Centers, Structured Day Programs, LIFE Day Centers, Adult Training Facilities and Vocational Facilities related to the community spread of COVID-19 or when an individual or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent 15 minutes or more in the facility. Additionally, this announcement describes the process for re-opening facilities using the Community Participation Support and Older Adult Facility Re-opening Tool.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Medication Administration Trainers or Applicants
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-102 : Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Modifications to Medication Administration Course Requirements as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, Announcement 20-102: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Modifications to Medication Administration Course Requirements as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The announcement provides guidance on medication administration as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-063 UPDATE: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Reinstatement of the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult™ and Pennsylvania Supplement Assessments
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance in distributing the attached updated to Announcement 20-063: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Reinstatement of the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult and Pennsylvania Supplement Assessment. The purpose of this updated communication is to expand the target population for which the virtual or remote Supports Intensity Scale-Adult (SIS-A) and Pennsylvania Supplement assessments may be scheduled, as well as to provide clarification on individual virtual views, virtual assessments, and remote assessments. Please note, all updates in the announcement are in red.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 8, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Reminder: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Quarterly Progress Notes Virtual Targeted Training 
Purpose All Office of Developmental (ODP) AAW Providers and Supports Coordinators are invited to join us for a Virtual Targeted Training (VTT) on October 13, 2020 from 9:00am-10:30am
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 7, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Health Alert - 2020-2021 Flu Season
Purpose . The Alert provides guidance for precautions that may be taken during the upcoming flu season along with the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Please review the attachment for additional information.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 7, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Virtual Office Hour
Purpose This will be your opportunity to ask questions that have emerged in your use of the DHS Act 24 reporting form previously distributed by the Office of Developmental Programs.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 7, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Pennsylvania Developmental Disability Council (PDDC) Survey for Stakeholders
Purpose What do you consider to be the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Pennsylvania? The survey may take about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey asks for simple demographic information and feedback in specific areas.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 6, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PATC 2020 Follow Up
Purpose We have posted PowerPoints and resources from the PATC presentations, as well as personal stories shared by individuals with ASD. If you did attend PATC 2020, and have not yet completed your evaluations, please do so by Monday, October 12. We greatly value your feedback!
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Act 24 CARES Funding Cost Reporting Form
Purpose Governor Wolf signed Act 24 of 2020, which allocates funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – also known as the CARES Act – to assist providers with COVID-19 related costs. Any person or entity accepting a COVID-19 payment must provide documentation to the Department of Human Services (DHS), upon request, for purposes of determining compliance with Act 24 requirements. DHS has developed the attached reporting forms to collect information about the use of Act 24 funding.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 27, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-100: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Quarterly Progress Notes (QPNs) Updates
Purpose To inform ODP AAW Providers and SCOs that Quarterly Summary Reports (QSRs) are being replaced by Quarterly Progress Notes (QPNs)
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 27, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-069 Update: Coronavirus Disease 2019  2020-2021 Waiver Cap Exception Guidance for the Person/Family Directed Support and Community Living Waivers
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide updated 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. Updates appear in red.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 25, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: Beyond Keeping Someone Safe: A Supporter's Purpose
Purpose As a supporter, how do you view your role? We know it is much more than keeping people safe. We will discuss the influence you have on the people you support and challenge you to think beyond just safety
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 —October 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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PATC Reminder: Register Today!
Purpose Registration is now open for the 2020 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC)
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Monthly Virtual Trainings Available--October 2020
Purpose Announcing the October 2020 Virtual Training (VT) Schedule.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-095 Update: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Community Participation Support (CPS) Retainer Payments - New Updates 9-21-2020
Purpose To provide a revision to Announcement 20-074 published on June 17, 2020 related to CPS retainer payments. Updated information can be found in the announcement below in red.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 18, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Monthly Trainings - October 2020 Virtual Trainings
Purpose To advertise October 2020's Virtual Targeted Trainings
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 18, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP October 2020 Virtual Trainings (VT) Schedule
Purpose Announcing the October Virtual Training Schedule.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 14, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Deaf Sensitivity Virtual Training
Purpose This training will present a brief summary of Deaf Culture, and provide basic information on sign language, lip reading, and assistive technology. This training will be live interpreted. Registration is required.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 14, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: CPS Emerging Practices Webinar
Purpose ODP invites Community Participation and Employment Support providers to join a webinar presentation to learn about innovative remote support practices from fellow providers. Registration is required,
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 11, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PATC Registration Now Open!
Purpose Registration is now open for the 2020 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC)
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 8, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Transportation Service in the Adult Autism Waiver Webinar
Purpose The Transportation service is the most recent addition to the Adult Autism Waiver. This webinar, hosted by Kristen Kanjorski and Tom Flynn of the Office of Developmental Programs, will provide an explanation of the service, the difference between the Trip and Public components of the service, adding the service to Individual Support Plans (ISPs), scenarios involving use of the service, and more.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 8, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1—Antivirus Power Connect Calendar--September 2020
Purpose Advocates United as 1—Antivirus Power Connect Calendar Use YOUR power to stay connected through our projects SAPNA, (Self Advocacy Power Network for All), SASE (Self Advocate Support and Empowerment) and Team V (volunteer)
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Positive Approaches Journal Volume 9 Issue 2 Now Available
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Positive Approaches Journal is now available! The theme of this issue is Are we listening? The Challenges and Opportunities in Communication.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 28, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-084: Update-- AAW and ACAP Restriction Intervention Plan Indicator
Purpose To remind AAW and ACAP Behavior Specialists/Behavioral Health Specialists to answer the restrictive procedure plan indicator in the Behavioral Support Plan (BSP), and to request that all existing BSPs are checked for accuracy of the indicator question.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 26, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payments Available for Medicaid/CHIP Providers - EXTENDED DEADLINE 9-13-2020
Purpose Please note that the Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline to the application process for CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payments. The attached document from the Department of Human Services had been disseminated previously by the Office of Developmental Programs and it provides additional details about the funding. The application deadline has now been extended to 9-13-2020. Additional information can be found on the HHS website: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Update Appendix K Webinar August 28th 
Purpose Join ODP's Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens and Director of the Bureau of Policy and Quality Management Jeremy Yale for an overview of the latest Appendix K Update.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 21, 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 20-099: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Clarification of Staff Reporting of COVID-19
Purpose To provide further instruction on the use of the Health Risk Screening (HRS) Web Portal in Staff Reporting cases of COVID-19 and provide a reminder that timely reporting is essential to ensure system responsiveness to COVID-19 outbreaks.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Closure of Older Adult Daily Living Centers, Structured Day Habilitation, and Licensed Facilities Where Community Participation Support is Provided When Staff or Individuals Are Diagnosed with COVID-19
Purpose To provide guidance for the closure of Older Adult Daily Living Centers, Structured Day Programs, Adult Training Facilities and Vocational Facilities when a staff person or an individual receiving service is diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-098: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):Appendix K Update: Waiver Services Provided to Individuals in Hospital Settings and Specialized Supplies
Purpose To announce guidance for implementing two changes approved in the second Appendix K for the Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS), Community Living Waivers (ID/A Waivers) and the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW): 1. Services rendered when an individual is hospitalized for any condition; and 2. Expansion of items covered under Specialized Supplies.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Wolf Administration Orders Further COVID-19 Protection for Long-Term Care Facility Staff
Purpose In response to concerns from frontline workers, the Secretary of Health today issued an order requiring long-term care facilities to take additional steps to protect their staff and residents from COVID-19.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Electronic Visit Verification Overview for AEs and SCOs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Purpose On July 27, 2020, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) facilitated an overview meeting with Administrative Entities (AEs) and Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs) on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). ODP communicated that questions submitted by meeting participants via the chat function would be released with the questions and answers as a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. This document is the compilation of those questions and answers from that session.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Name / Link: CPS Emerging Practices Webinar Central Region 
Purpose ODP invites Community Participation and Employment Support providers to join a webinar presentation to learn about innovative remote support practices from fellow providers. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, providers have developed creative community participation and employment supports practices while remaining socially distant. Hear from fellow providers IFC Services and Keystone Human Services about how they are rethinking CPS and Employment programs.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 12, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-097: Appendix K Second Submission and Approval: Emergency Preparedness and Response for ODP Waivers
Purpose To announce the approval of the second submission of Appendix K for the Consolidated, Community Living, Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS), and Adult Autism Waivers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 12, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Name / Link: Announcing the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Listserv
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Special Populations Unit is pleased to announce the creation of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind listserv. This listserv will only be sharing pertinent information, resources, Virtual Targeted Trainings (VTT), and Virtual Office Hours (VOH) specific to these populations.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 12, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Monthly Trainings - September 2020 Virtual Trainings
Purpose To advertise September 2020's Virtual Targeted Trainings
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 11, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-085 UPDATE: Provider Attestation Form for Retainer Payments - Clarification for CPS Providers added
Purpose To introduce the Provider Attestation Form to be completed by eligible CPS providers seeking to receive retainer payments under the 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waivers, Appendix K.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 11, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PA Autism Training Conference: Call for Presentation Proposals Deadline August 14th
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is requesting proposals that highlight innovation for its 13thannual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: The PA Family Network Presents Virtual Workshops August 10th-September 16th
Purpose Join the PA Family Network as we demonstrate how to brainstorm and develop tools for your family member that can be used during the Pandemic and beyond.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 — August Antivirus Power Connect Calendar August 18-Sept 4 2020
Purpose Use YOUR power to stay connected through our projects SASE (Self Advocate Support and Empowerment) and Team V (volunteer) Share the info with your friends, family and coworkers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
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 20-096: Government Benefits and Representative Payee Services Frequently Asked Questions
Purpose The purpose of this communication to announce updates to the Government Benefits and Representative Payee Services Frequently Asked Questions.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 7, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: CPS Emerging Practices Webinar: Central Region
Purpose ODP invites Community Participation Support providers to join a webinar presentation to learn about innovative remote support practices from fellow providers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 5, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: NOW AVAILABLE: SPeCTRUM 2.0: OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS ONLINE AUTISM COMPETENCY TRAINING
Purpose The SPeCTRUM 2.0 training course is required for all Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) or Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) providers, before enrolling as a provider and before providing services. The training is housed on the MyODP training platform. This training consists of 9 modules; the total time to complete it is approximately 7 hours. You can view the training in its entirety, or you can view each module separately.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 5, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: QA&I Interim Review Process Training
Purpose This training session will provide an overview of ODP’s QA&I Interim Review Process for FY 20/21. ODP encourages all AE, SCO and Provider QA&I leads to join the session.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Behavioral Specialists
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 20-092: COVID-19 VERSION 2-- Frequently Asked Questions About Services Rendered Through ODP’s Waivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose To communicate additional and updated operational guidance through version 2 of “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Services Rendered Through ODP’s Waivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-093: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Solving Disagreements and Individualized Planning for Individuals Receiving Residential Habilitation and Community Participation Support or Day Habilitation
Purpose This communication provides guidance to all Residential Habilitation, CPS and Day Habilitation providers regarding effective individualized planning and solving disagreements that may arise during planning.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Person Directed Services (PDS) Virtual Forum
Purpose Supports Coordinators are encouraged to attend this virtual lunch-and-learn format. Great for busy common law employers, family members and people with disabilities
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-086 : COVID19 - Notifying Designated Persons and Providers of an Individual's COVID-19 Exposure of Diagnosis (UPDATE)
Purpose This communication provides guidance to Residential Habilitation, Life Sharing, Community Participation Support and Day Habilitation providers, as well as Administrative Entities (AEs), regarding whom to notify when an individual has been diagnosed or has symptoms and has been tested for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Updates appear in red.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 31, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-089: COVID-19 Guidance for Community Participation Support Providers in Counties in the Green Phase of the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania
Purpose To provide guidance for Community Participation Support (CPS) providers on planning, policy development, and communication for reopening facility-based services in counties in the Green Phase of Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 31, 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
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-090: COVID-19 Clarification Regarding Hours of Intellectual Disability/Autism (ID/A) Waiver Services Provided by Relatives or Legal Guardians
Purpose This communication provides guidance regarding services rendered by relatives or legal guardians to individuals enrolled in the Consolidated, Community Living or Person/Family Directed Support waivers, also known as the Intellectual Disability/Autism (ID/A waivers).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 30, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SAU1 Antivirus Power Connect Calendar 8-3 to 8-14 
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).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 29, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: OVR Business Services Model
Purpose A training announcement from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), and Office of Developmental Programs (ODP).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 28, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-088: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance on Masks, Screening, and Handwashing
Purpose To provide updated guidance on face-coverings, screening protocols and handwashing procedures for all stakeholders.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 27, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Virtual Training Offerings August 2020
Purpose Virtual Training Offerings have expanded! This month ODP continues to support your training needs by offering our trainings in a variety of formats. Pre-registration is required for each session.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 27, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Appendix K Update for Supports Coordination Organizations and Administrative Entities
Purpose This webinar is being presented by the Office of Developmental Programs to inform the field as to information regarding the 2nd Appendix K Amendment that was approved on July 23, 2020.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ACRE Online Trainings September 2020
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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ACRE Online Trainings October 2020
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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement: Electronic Visit Verification "What Administrative Entities and Supports Coordination Organizations Need to Know" Webinar
Purpose This will be an opportunity for staff from Administrative Entities and Supports Coordination Organizations to learn about the execution, status, and processes associated with EVV in Pennsylvania. Office of Developmental Programs staff will be available to answer questions
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Famiily Forum July to October Invite!
Purpose Join other families and individuals with disabilities, through October, to discuss the current impact of the Coronavirus in our lives. This is an opportunity to share questions and concerns, as well as get the latest updates.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 23, 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: HRSA Webcast: Provider Relief Fund Application Process
Purpose The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF), is distributing $15 billion to eligible Medicaid, CHIP, and dental providers. If you are a provider who is interested in learning about the application process for the PRF, please register and join the webcast on July 27th.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 21, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Family Forums Are Back!
Purpose Join other families and individuals with disabilities, through October, to discuss the current impact of the Coronavirus in our lives. This is an opportunity to share questions and concerns, as well as get the latest updates.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 20, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-87: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Managing Situations Where Masks are Not Worn During the Provision of Services
Purpose To clarify guidance related to wearing masks during the provision of direct services
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 16, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payments Available for Medicaid/CHIP Providers - Communication from Department of Human Services
Purpose The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 15, 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). 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
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: CPS Emerging Practices Webinar: Western Region
Purpose ODP invites Community Participation Support providers to join a webinar presentation to learn about innovative remote support practices from fellow providers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Updated Information on Mask Use Order and Additional Screening Questions
Purpose In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. On July 1, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine signed an official order requiring the universal use of face coverings.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 7, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

Save the Date: The Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference 
Purpose A virtual training conference for professionals supporting individuals with autism Hosted by ODP and PA ASERT
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 6, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Universal Mask Coverings Order FAQ
Purpose In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. On July 1, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine signed an official order requiring the universal use of face coverings. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces 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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 5, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Tips for Managing Conflict Over Social Distancing
Purpose This article offers six practical tips on how to manage this conflict. Each tip is expanded upon within the article.
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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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Supports Brokers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Office of Developmental Programs Community Participation Support Virtual Office Hour
Purpose Pre-registration for each session is required.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-066 UPDATE: Updated Guidance for Visitation
Purpose The purpose of this communication is 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
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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.
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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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: The Arc of PA - Discovery Training  August 2020
Purpose This 3-day training provides a comprehensive overview of Discovery (an alternative to traditional vocational assessments) and how to complete Discovery. For those seeking to become certified providers of Discovery through Marc Gold and Associates, it is the pre-requisite training for certification. Individuals not seeking certification will gain valuable information and insight and may attend as auditors of the course.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: The Arc of PA - Making Employment Work: ACRE Basic 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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 22, 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.
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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.
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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