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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.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 5, 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 20-095: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Community Participation Support (CPS)
Purpose To provide a revision to Announcement 20-074 published on June 17, 2020 related to CPS retainer payments.
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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: PA Autism Training Conference: Call for Presentation Proposals
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: 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: Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-085: Provider Attestation Form for Retainer Payments
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.
Status: current
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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
Status: current
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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
Status: current
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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 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: AAW Behavioral Specialists
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-084: 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: 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.
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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.
Status: current
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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.
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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.
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.
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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: 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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 16, 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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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