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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 30, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link:

Updated ODP Residential Vacancies Report for October 2022

Purpose This communication provides access to the most updated Office of Developmental Programs’ residential vacancy report for October 2022. The report is now posted to MyODP.org and is accessible to AEs and SCs. There is a new link to submit vacancy information at https://www.myodp.org/course/view.php?id=182.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 29, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link:

Health Equity Training for Support Coordinators

Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is offering Health Equity training for supports coordinators (SCs) through MyODP. Health equity means that everyone has access to healthcare and the support they need to live a healthy life. This training provides information on the barriers to health equity and focuses on the Supports Coordinator’s role in providing information, resources, and advocacy so that individuals with Intellectual Disability and/or Autism can be as healthy as possible to access the healthcare they need.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 27, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

Quality Management Spotlight

Purpose Please assist the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in sharing the attached informational flyer: ODP’s Division of Quality Management’s QM Spotlight, the second in a series of quarterly publications intended to provide guidance and helpful hints for applying QM principles and best practices. This issue shines a light on how ODP is shifting the QM Plan (QMP) monitoring from “compliance focused” to “person-centered outcomes focused.” Administrative Entities (AEs), Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) reviewers, and anyone who reviews QM plans – including their own – should reference this information as they evaluate QM plans and, at their discretion, distribute the document to all interested parties, as part of our continued effort to build system capacity in effective QM.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 23, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Correction - Time Change - PA Family Network October Workshops- NEW Initiative!
Purpose The Community Engagement Workshop on October 5th is from 7pm-8pm, not 6pm-8pm as the previous flyer stated. You’ll find an updated flyer in both English and Spanish attached.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-093 (UPDATED): Incident Management Representative Survey Link for Adult Autism Waiver Providers
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to request that all Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers, including Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs), complete the Incident Management Representative survey via the QuestionPro link below. The survey link will close on Friday October 14, 2022 .
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Medication Administration Fall/Winter 2022 Train the Trainer Face-to-Face Classes Announced
Purpose All Train-the-Trainer Face-to-Face classes will continue to be virtual through December 31, 2022. Classes for New Trainers and Recertifying Trainers will be held separately. View the attached announcement for the class schedule and further details.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: The Arc of Pennsylvania Customized Employment Job Development training - October 3, 2022 - October 5, 2022
Purpose Attendees will learn how to develop an employer-focused approach to negotiating customized job descriptions on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Participants seeking certification are expected to commit approximately 40 hours of fieldwork with/on-behalf of a learning partner under the guidance of Marc Gold & Associates (MGA) over the course of 4 months. This is the pre-requisite training to complete certification through MGA. *Certification in Discovery is a pre-requisite for seeking certification in Job Development.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP News Online September 16 2022
Purpose Welcome to MyODP News Online Digest, a virtual publication from the Office of Developmental Programs. For complete stories, please visit MyODP News Online Story suggestions and/or comments may be sent to: ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 16, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-082 Abuse Neglect and Exploitation Resources
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to announce new resource cards as well as an informational pamphlet for individuals ages 18 years and over. These resources will be mailed directly to all SCO’s for Supports Coordinators (SCs) to use when talking with adults about their right to be free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 15, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

A Supporter's Toolbox Podcast: Are You Thriving or Just Surviving?

Purpose Thriving is not about avoiding the difficulties of life – it’s about confronting and dealing with life in a resilient, optimistic, and hopeful way. We will talk about ways to help someone develop the attitude, characteristics, and potential to thrive despite circumstances that may be thrown their way.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 14, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Healthy Relationships & Sexuality
Purpose Join the PA Family Network in this interactive workshop to: Learn practical strategies and skills that encourage healthy relationships and sexuality while mitigating risk Discuss boundaries, relationships, risks, and self advocacy skills Learn 4 steps to healthier relationships.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 14, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

Peace of Mind: Long Term Planning for Siblings 

Purpose Join the PA Family Network in this interactive workshop to: Network and meet other adult siblings Get information and strategies on handling Long Term Planning* Identify services/supports so you and your loved one can live a good life
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 14, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PAFN Event: Using the Lifecourse to Plan & Problem Solve
Purpose Join the PA Family Network in this interactive workshop to: Identify service/supports so your loved one can live an Everyday Life Learn to use the LifeCourse framework and tools to plan for your Individualized Support Plan (ISP) and Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 14, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PAFN Event: Sibling Good Life
Purpose This group of adult siblings will have the opportunity guide the group's direction, network with other siblings, talk about your lived experience, hear from experts on topics relevant to sibling life, have open and informative discussions, and plan for a future that holds true potential for you and your family.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

Statewide Quarterly Positive Approaches & Practices Meeting: October 21, 2022 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Suicide Prevention and Intervention

Purpose The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) host a quarterly Statewide Positive Approaches & Practices Meeting. This meeting aims to provide the most recent research and resources for people with mental health and behavioral challenges, intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities to live an everyday life.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link:

ODP Announcement 22-106: Registration Now Open for October Certified Investigator (CI) Forum & How to Access CI Forum Q & A Documents

Purpose Please assist the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in distributing the attached announcement: ODPANN 22-106 Registration Now Open for October Certified Investigator (CI) Forum & How to Access CI Forum Q&A Documents. The purpose of this announcement is to communicate that Temple University Harrisburg Certified Investigator Program and Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) will be facilitating Forums for Certified Investigators (CIs) and others involved in the incident investigation process, and to announce the posting of Q&A Documents from past CI Forums on MyODP.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-105: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) COVID-19 Vaccine and Boosters
Purpose To provide the field with the most recent update to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about details for COVID-19 vaccine and boosters. Release of this announcement will obsolete ODPANN 22-046: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Reminder
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United As 1 (SAU1) October 2022 Event Flyer
Purpose The SAU1 Events Event Calendar is here! Check here for participation details.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

Honoring Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week

Purpose Professional Support Recognition Week is September 11th through 17th 2022
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Training Calendar October 2022
Purpose Please assist in the distribution of the ODP October training calendar.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Medication Administration Trainers or Applicants
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-104: Medication Administration Standard Student Courses Now Available on MedAdmin.MyODP.org
Purpose To inform all interested parties that Trainers are now able to administer new classes and students are able to register in the new Medication Administration platform. This announcement contains instructions for requesting a student class, viewing the gradebook, the structure of the student courses, marking manual grades, and accessing the Acknowledgement of Qualification. A link to the recording and pdf for the Medication Administration Student Course Overview for Trainers webinar held on 9/08/22 from 2:00 PM -3:00 PM is included.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

PATC Call for Provider Presentation Proposals - Deadline Extended

Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is requesting proposals that focus on the lived experience of professionals who provide support for individuals on the autism spectrum to present at the 2022 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference: #PATCImplement2022. We will be highlighting the concept of implementing Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) practices. We want to give you the opportunity to share your PBS experiences, challenges, and successes. Deadline to submit: September 26, 2022
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

PATC 2022 Registration Open

Purpose Full admission is $10.00 for professionals and allows access to all conference sessions over all three days. Admission is cost-free for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 7, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-103: Restrictive Procedures in the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)
Purpose Individuals receiving services in the AAW that have a restrictive procedure plan in place must have a corresponding Behavioral Support Plan (BSP) and Crisis Intervention Plan (CIP). The BSP and CIP must be documented in the Individual Support Plan (ISP) in the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS) that is overseen by a Behavioral Specialist (BS) that is qualified to provide the BS service in AAW. This includes individuals receiving residential services.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 6, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

Now Available: Claim and Service Documentation Training and Virtual Office Hours

Purpose ODP will address frequently asked questions and reserve time to answer additional questions. Attendees are encouraged to view the August webinar prior to the VOH.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 6, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

MyODP News Online Digest - August 27 through September 2, 2022

Purpose Welcome to MyODP News Online Digest, a virtual publication from the Office of Developmental Programs. For complete stories, please visit MyODP News Online Story suggestions and/or comments may be sent to: ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 6, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-102 Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS) 90.05 Release Newsletter Now Available 
Purpose To announce that the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS) 90.05 Release Newsletter is available under the HCSIS Communique hyperlink found on the Learning Management System (LMS) located on the HCSIS homepage.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 2, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-101: Medication Administration Platform Student Courses and Webinar Available on September 8, 2022
Purpose To inform all interested parties that Trainers will be able to administer new classes and student registration on September 8, 2022. A webinar for Trainers will occur on September 8, 2022 from 2-3pm to provide an overview of student courses. We apologies for the delay from our original September 6th date. As a reminder, the new Medication Administration platform Train the Trainer course is currently available for Trainers and Primary Contacts.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 1, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-085: UPDATE Clarification for Supports Coordination Organizations on Resuming SC In-Person Monitorings
Purpose This Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) communication announces clarification for SCOs on resuming Waiver and Targeted Support Management (TSM) Supports Coordination (SC) in-person monitorings. *This communication is being updated to include a clarification on the requirement of SC individual monitoring of individuals residing in a residential setting. See page 2. Updates to the original communication are written in red with an asterisk (*) preceding.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 1, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Name / Link: New Times Available: Scheduled One-on-One Incident Management (IM) 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 the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations (BSASP).
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 31, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

A Supporter's Toolbox: Thinking of Others Podcast

Purpose We will talk about ways you can help someone hone their prosocial behaviors – simple things that you may already be doing to teach someone to do their laundry or cook a meal.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 30, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-100: Now Available: Recording of the Home and Community-Based Services Rule and Pennsylvania’s Statewide Transition Plan Overview Presentation
Purpose To announce the release of the Home and Community-Based Services Rule and Pennsylvania’s Statewide Transition plan webcast.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 29, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Medication Administration Student Course Overview for Trainers
Purpose This webinar will provide an overview of Student Courses in the new Medication Administration Platform. Trainers will learn how to create new student classes (including Practicum Observer classes), view grader reports of their students, and enter presentation and remediation grades.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Positive Approaches Volume 11, Issue 2 Now Available!
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Positive Approaches Journal is now available!
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Residential Vacancy Report for August 2022
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide access to the updated residential vacancy report for July 2022.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 25, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-099: Revision to the Enhanced Communication Rate for Services August 2022
Purpose This communication provides a revision to the enhanced communication rate.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 24, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-098: Clarification on Combining Partial Units for Services Subject to Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to provide additional clarification on combining partial units as it pertains to Personal Care and Home Health Care Services that are subject to EVV (ie. Respite - unlicensed, Homemaker, Companion, In Home and Community Supports and Community Supports, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Therapy, and Therapies - Counseling).
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 24, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Monkey Pox--What You Need To Know
Purpose Learn the facts about the symptoms, prevention, and what to do if you or someone where you work gets sick. This webinar will include presentations by leaders and clinicians from DHS and DOH, as well provide an opportunity for Q&A.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 23, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: September Self Advocate Spotlight Series
Purpose The Pennsylvania Disabilities Council (PADDC) will be hosting The Self Advocate Spotlight Series, which highlights how self - advocates are demonstrating their own leadership skills, while also using their voices to mentor others.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-097: Clarification of Deaf Services 
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to clarify Supports Coordinator and Provider responsibilities when supporting d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind individuals.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 21, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-096: Open for Public Comment: Pennsylvania's Statewide Transition Plan for HBCS
Purpose To announce the availability of Pennsylvania’s Statewide Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Services for a 30-day public comment period.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 20, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-095: Correction of Enhanced Rates for the Adult Autism Waiver Transportation Trip Service
Purpose To provide guidance on how to correct billing for the Transportation Trip (Zone) services within the Adult Autism Waiver.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 20, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Updates on Covid-19, Influenza, & More Webinar--Registration Now Open!
Purpose This webinar is for all interested stakeholders. Presentation topics from Dr. Rabea Khedimi and Dr. Antonie Auguste will include COVID-19, Influenza, Monkeypox, preparing for fall, ventilation options, and best practices with indoor requirements and weather changes. Registration is required to participate. Sessions are assigned by region.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 19, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link:

ODP Announcement 22-082: Abuse Neglect and Exploitation Resources

Purpose
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Bulletin 00-22-06 – Medical Assistance
Purpose This Department-wide bulletin, including the Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP), and the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) pertains to the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Home Health Care Services (HHCS) effective August 10, 2022.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SAUI Hosting Waiver Changes with ODP on Sept. 9
Purpose On Friday September 9th at 11AM, SAU1 is hosting a conversation with ODP about the June Waiver Amendments and how they impact individuals and families. Please share the attached flyer and encourage your individuals and families to attend this conversation. This will be a time for individuals and families to learn and to ask questions about how the waiver changes impact them.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 17, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-089: UPDATE-Community Participation Support Service System Capacity Surveys
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to remind providers to complete the ODP Community Participation Support System Capacity Survey and the Authorization Service Survey.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 16, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: UPDATED ODP External Training Calendar September 2022
Purpose The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the ODP External Training Calendar for September, 2022.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 14, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: AAW Supports & Services Directory August 2022
Purpose Contained is the most updated directory for AAW supports and support services as of August 2022
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-093: Incident Management Representative Survey Link for Adult Autism Waiver Providers
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to request that all Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers, including Supports Coordination Organizations, complete the Incident Management Representative survey via the QuestionPro link below. The survey link will close on Wednesday August 31, 2022.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 11, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement  22-087: Selection of New Medical Care Organizations (MCOs) for Individuals
Purpose To provide information about selection of new Medical Care Organizations (MCOs) for individuals
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 11, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SAU1 September 2022 Event Calendar
Purpose Please assist the Office of Developmental Programs in sharing the attached September Events Flyer from Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1).
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 10, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-091: New Medication Administration Platform Now Available for Trainer Candidates and Primary Contacts
Purpose To inform all interested parties that the new Medication Administration platform is now available for Trainers and Primary Contacts. This announcement contains instructions for logging in with an existing account, creating a new account, accessing the Train the Trainer course, submitting payment, and registering for the Face-to-Face class.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 10, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-090: Supports Intensity Scale-Adult™ and Pennsylvania Supplement Assessments - Return to in-person
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that all SIS-A TM and PA Supplement Assessments will be conducted in person beginning September 1, 2022. This announcement obsoletes ODP Announcement 20-063 and any subsequent updates.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 10, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-092: Agency with Choice (AWC) Financial Management Service (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 in the Consolidated, Community Living, and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waiver.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 10, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Charting the LifeCourse: Using Applying Principles and Using Tools to Support a Good Life
Purpose Charting the LifeCourse was created to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. This training series is for all professional stakeholders.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link:  ODPANN 22-089: Community Participation Support System Capacity Surveys
Purpose To announce the release of the ODP Community Participation Support System Capacity Survey and the Authorization Service Survey.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Bulletin 00-22-05 Individual Support Plans
Purpose The purpose of this bulletin is to provide the Office of Developmental Programs' (ODP) requirements and standardized processes for preparing, completing, documenting, implementing, and monitoring Individual Support Plans (ISPs) to ensure they are: • Developed to meet the needs of the individual; • Developed and implemented using the core values of Everyday Lives: Values in Action, LifeCourse Principles, Positive Approaches and Practices and Self Determination to result in an enhanced quality of life for every individual; and • Compliant with the approved Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers and Medical Assistance (MA) State Plan as it pertains to Targeted Support Management (TSM). A summary of major changes made to information in the attachments is included as attachment 8.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Enforcement Summary August 2022
Purpose Attached please find the ODP Enforcement Summary through August 5, 2022.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP Supporters Toolbox: A Life Worth Living
Purpose Having meaning or purpose in life is connected to overall health, happiness, and life satisfaction - it can make ANY life worth living. We will talk about ways to support someone to discover their meaning to make even those bad days more bearable.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 5, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Health Alert- Monkeypox
Purpose Please assist the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in distributing the attached communication: Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Health Alert-Monkeypox. The purpose of this communication is to provide information regarding monkeypox.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 5, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP News Online Digest--July 23rd through August 5 2022
Purpose For complete stories, please visit MyODP News Online Story suggestions and/or comments may be sent to: ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 4, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-088:  Open for Public Comment – Additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Initiatives
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce a 15-day public comment period regarding additional initiatives the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) proposes to implement using ARPA funding. The public comment period ends on August 19, 2022.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 4, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Medication Administration Platform Overview for Trainer Candidates & Primary Contacts 
Purpose This webinar will provide an overview of the new Medication Administration Platform for Trainer Candidates and Primary Contacts that launches on August 8th, 2022. You will learn how to create an account, enroll into the Train-the-Trainer course, submit payment, view the lessons and exams, and register for the face-to-face session.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 2, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-087 Selection of New Medical Care Organizations (MCOs) for Individuals
Purpose To provide information about selection of new Medical Care Organizations (MCOs) for individuals
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 31, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-039 Transition of Individuals into a Nursing Facility (NF)
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to offer guidance for AEs and SCOs on actions must be taken when an Office of Developmental Programs’(ODP) waiver or base participant is admitted to a NF to ensure a coordinated transition to Long Term Care (LTC) services and prevent service interruptions. The previous announcement instructed submittals of a 1768 to County Administration Offices (CAOs) indicating a transfer of HCBS. This update is being issued to clarify that the 1768 should be a termination of the ODP waiver rather than a transfer. Updates are indicated in red.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 29, 2022
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 22-086: 2021 National Core Indicators® (NCI) Staff Stability Survey Portal Access Extended
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to inform all provider agencies employing DSPs that the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) will keep the portal for completing the 2021 National Core Indicators® (NCI) Staff Stability Survey open for an additional week. The portal will close on Monday, August 8, 2022.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 29, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Reminder - PATC 2022: Call for Provider Presentation Proposals
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is requesting proposals that focus on the lived experience of professionals who provide support for individuals on the autism spectrum to present at the 2022 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference: #PATCImplement2022. We will be highlighting the concept of implementing Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) practices. We want to give you the opportunity to share your PBS experiences, challenges, and successes.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 28, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Virtual Co-Working Pods and Lunch-and-Learn Events Are In Development
Purpose Feeling alone or disconnected while working from home? Working in your Commonwealth office building and miss your coworkers who are teleworking? Virtual Co-Working Pod Sessions and Lunch-and-Learn Sessions are in development as a way for staff to combat feeling alone.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 28, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Announcing ODP's Technology Taskforce Newsletter- Technology Today: Volume 1 July 2022
Purpose The aim of this quarterly newsletter is to share the work being done by the taskforce, as well as resources, events, and success stories. We hope you enjoy the inaugural edition of this newsletter and join us for future editions! The Technology Today newsletter is also available on home.MyODP.org
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 27, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:  Resource Guide for Supporting Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Individuals - Summer 2022
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is excited to announce the second annual publication of the Resource Guide for Supporting Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Individuals. The purpose of this guide is to offer resources in one central location for those who support or care for someone who is Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind and receives supports from ODP.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-054 UPDATE: Upcoming Medication Administration Scheduled Outage Extension
Purpose To inform all interested parties that the outage for important infrastructural changes to the Medication Administration Training Program will now be extended through Sunday, August 7, 2022. Trainers will be able to login and register to take the Train the Trainer course on August 8, 2022. Trainers will be able to administer new classes and students will be able to register in the system on September 6, 2022. If you attempt to conduct a class or complete any training on the system during this outage, your work will be lost.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Residential Vacancy Report for July 2022
Purpose .The purpose of this communication is to provide access to the updated residential vacancy report for July 2022. The report is now posted to MyODP.org and is accessible to AEs and SCs. There is a new link to submit vacancy information at https://www.myodp.org/course/view.php?id=182.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-085: Clarification for Supports Coordination Organizations on Resuming SC In-Person Monitorings
Purpose This Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) communication announces clarification for SCOs on resuming Waiver and Targeted Support Management (TSM) Supports Coordination (SC) in-person monitorings.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-083: ODP ARPA Grant Fund Reimbursement
Purpose To provide information about ARPA grant fund reimbursement.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Webcast : Try One Hard Thing!
Purpose Did you know that doing hard things helps us learn to do other hard things? We will talk about building industrious skills and the effects that these skills show in people when doing hard things now and in the future.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 21, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PA Family Network (PAFN) Event: L.E.A.D. the Way to Healthy Relationships
Purpose Join PA Family Network Advisors as we plan and problem solve for your loved one with intellectual disabilities and/or autism to have successful relationships by: • identifying possible ways to apply LifeCourse Framework and Tools in useful, flexible, and simple ways; • discussing strategies on how to define a friend and establish appropriate boundaries in relationships; • introducing consent and sharing steps to help mitigate their risk of being taken advantage of; • suggesting information to adapt our loved one’s level of understanding and ideas for application in real life
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 21, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PA Family Network Event: Using LifeCourse to Plan and Problem Solve
Purpose Join the PA Family Network in this interactive workshop to plan and problem solve for your loved one with intellectual disabilities and/or autism: • Connect, network and join with other families and caregivers. • Identify services/supports so your loved one can live an Everyday Life. • Learn to use the LifeCourse framework and tools for all of life’s challenges.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 21, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PAFN Event: Safety in the Community
Purpose Join PA Family Network Advisors as we plan and problem solve for the safety of your loved one with intellectual disabilities and/or autism by: • sharing practical skills and strategies for safety at home, work, and in the community; • identifying possible ways to apply LifeCourse Framework and Tools in useful, flexible, and simple ways; • supporting each other by discussing steps toward a vision for remaining safe within our community while living a meaningful and good life.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 21, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-084: Webinar Opportunity: The Intellectual Disability and Autism (ID/A) Waiver Amendments Effective June 1, 2022
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties that the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is offering a webinar regarding the approved Consolidated, Community Living, and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waivers effective June 1, 2022
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 20, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN 20-114 Reissue COVID-19 FAQ About Modifications to MedAdmin Requirements
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide updated and modified information regarding modifications to MedAdmin requirements. All updates are in red.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-081: Referring Children to the County ID/A Programs Bulletin Training Now available on MyODP
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that the DHS collaborative training for the Referring Children to the County Intellectual Disability and Autism (ID/A) Programs bulletin is now available on MyODP.org.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: PATC 2022: Call for Provider Presentations
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is requesting proposals that focus on the lived experience of professionals who provide support for individuals on the autism spectrum to present at the 2022 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference: #PATCImplement2022. We will be highlighting the concept of implementing Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) practices. We want to give you the opportunity to share your PBS experiences, challenges, and successes. Please see the attached PDF for more information including more background information, format guidelines, and suggestions and prompts for your submission. Proposals are due on September 12th, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a committee designated by ODP. We are grateful to presenters who volunteer to share their expertise and experiences with their colleagues. Thank you for your interest, time, and effort!
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP External Training Calendar August 2022
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the ODP External Training Calendar for August, 2022.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 14, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Bulletin 00-22-04 Referring Children to the County IDA Programs
Purpose The Department of Human Services (DHS), specifically the Office of Developmental Programs, the Office of Children, Youth, and Families, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Office of Medical Assistance Programs is proud to release the DHS joint bulletin, Referring Children to the County Intellectual Disability and Autism Programs. This bulletin offers guidance on the process of referring a child who has, or is suspected to have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability, developmental disability, and/or autism (ID/DD/A). Referring a child to the county ID/A program can provide eligible children and their families with access to information, services, and supports in the community, as well as assistance with preparing for life’s transitions through childhood into adulthood.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-080 - Registration Now Open for August Certified Investigator Forum and Q & A documents
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is To communicate to the above entities that Temple University Harrisburg Certified Investigator Program and ODP will be facilitating Forums for Certified Investigators (CIs) and others involved in the incident investigation process, and to announce the posting of Q & A Documents from past CI Forums on myODP.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 12, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:  ODP Announcement 22-074: Human Rights Webinars Making a Determination Recordings Available NOW on MyODP
Purpose Please assist the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in distributing the attached communication: COVID-ODPANN 22-074: Human Rights Webinars Making A Determination Recordings Available NOW on MyODP. The purpose of this communication is to announce online access via MyODP to recorded Human Rights Making a Determination Webinars.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 12, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: Transitions Through the Lifespan Workshops
Purpose Family Members attending the workshop will be welcome to attend a 30 minute family-only networking opportunity after the presentation. Become empowered to have conversations about reaching dreams and finding purpose after changes in ANY Lifestage!
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 12, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PAFN: Using LifeCourse to Plan and Problem Solve Workshop
Purpose Family Members attending the workshop will be welcome to attend a 30 minute family-only networking opportunity after the presentation. See the attached flyer for more information including registration instructions.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 11, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Continuing Education Psychologist’s Webinars
Purpose Target audience for this presentation includes: Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Nurses, and other professionals who support people with intellectual disability/autism (ID/A) A Question-and-Answer session will follow the presentation.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: PATC 2022: Call For Provider Presentation Proposals
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is requesting proposals that focus on the lived experience of professionals who provide support for individuals on the autism spectrum to present at the 2022 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference: #PATCImplement2022. We will be highlighting the concept of implementing Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) practices. We want to give you the opportunity to share your PBS experiences, challenges, and successes.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New "A Supporter's Toolbox" -- Don’t Break the Chain: A Strategy to Beat Procrastination
Purpose Sometimes we all need a little nudge to get things done and stay on track. We will talk about a simple strategy that you can use for yourself and support others that is all about not “breaking the chain.”
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 7, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Dual Diagnosis Conference Series 2022
Purpose In this 3-hour training Dr. Joan Beasley will present best practices in mental health services and supports for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities throughout the lifespan. The presentation will include the perspectives of people with lived experiences as well as practitioners. The START model will be presented to demonstrate the effective use of these practices in cross systems crisis prevention and intervention. See the attached flyer for more information.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 5, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SAU United As 1 July Event Flyer
Purpose Please assist the Office of Developmental Programs in sharing the attached July Events Flyer from Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1).
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 5, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PA OSHA Consultation Program - Free Webinar 
Purpose Bryan Brougher, CSP, from the PA OSHA Consultation Program, will host the webinar. This webinar was developed to help employers comply with the respiratory protection standard.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 4, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-078  Additional Opportunity for Certification Program for Cornell University's Work Incentive Practitioner Credential
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce a second opportunity for providers to have staff person(s) participate in a virtual certification program with the goal of receiving a Work Incentives Practitioner credential.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-077 Notice of Change to Federal Reimbursement of Transportation Costs
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide information regarding the United States General Services Administration announcement of a change for the rate of Transportation Mile reimbursement rate, procedure code W7271, beginning July 1, 2022 and is effective for the remaining months in 2022. The new rate is $0.625 per mile. The mileage rate is being adjusted to better reflect the recent increase in fuel prices. This communication provides notice of the rate change, as well as provides instruction for Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs) on how to add transportation mileage to the vendor screen. It also instructs direct service providers on how to submit claim adjustments, if applicable.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 076-18 Re-Issue:  Required Dual Diagnosis Training for Provides Newly Enrolling to Provide Residential Habilitation Services
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to inform providers that ODP is requiring newly enrolling providers of Residential Habilitation services to complete the ODP-approved Dual Diagnosis Training curriculum. This applies to new Residential Habilitation providers who will be enrolled and qualified to provide these services effective September 1, 2018 and thereafter. This re-issue announces that the 2022 Dual Diagnosis Curriculum is now available on MyODP and a new link has been linked in the Discussion section of this announcement.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 30, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-076: Delay in the Effective Date of Renewals for the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waiver renewals, collectively known as the Intellectual Disability/Autism (ID/A) waivers, will not be effective on July 1, 2022, as requested.
Status: current
Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 30, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) July External Training and Events Calendar
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the ODP External Training Calendar for July, 2022.
Status: current