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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 15, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-072: Now Available: Open for Public Comment: Proposed Amendments and Fee Schedule Rates for Services Impacted by Waiver Amendments
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that the proposed amendments to the Consolidated, Community Living, Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) and Adult Autism (AAW) Waivers are available for public review and comment. ODP is also making available for public review and comment the rate setting methodology and proposed Fee Schedule Rates for services in the Waivers that are impacted by the proposed amendments. There is a 30-day public comment period that starts on October 16, 2021 and ends on November 15, 2021
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 14, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-071: Incident Management Bulletin Trainings Available
Purpose To announce the release of additional Incident Management (IM) Bulletin trainings on the MyODP website which focus on incident response, medication management, and target separation.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 14, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Regional Community Work Incentives Coordinators
Purpose The statewide Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) agencies have published a list of Regional Community Work Incentive (CWIC) Coordinators and accompanying counties supported by that agency.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 8, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-070: Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Quality Management (QM) Virtual Certification Classes Registration Now Open for January - June 2022
Purpose To provide information on the registration process for ODP’s Virtual QM Certification Classes January – June 2022
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 7, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-069: Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) Annual Statewide Report - Cycle 1 Fiscal Year 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, Announcement 21-069: Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) Annual Statewide Report – Cycle 1 Fiscal Years 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019 -2020 plus accompanying attachment. The report brings together collected data from the first full 3-year cycle of the QA&I process. Please review the attached report for relevant data and summaries.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: October 1, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODPANN 21-068: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Regulatory Suspensions Related to Act 73 of 2021
Purpose To inform stakeholders that on September 30, 2021, Governor Wolf signed into law HB 1861 (Act 73 of 2021), which provides continued regulatory suspensions for select Office of Developmental Programs regulations.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 30, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN 21-067: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Renewal Submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties of the submission of the renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver to CMS. The renewal has been submitted with no substantive changes from the currently approved waiver. It is anticipated the effective date will be retroactive to July 1, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 30, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ADMINISTRATIVE ENTITY & SUPPORTS COORDINATION ORGANIZATION VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS:BEST PRACTICE STANDARDS IN BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) recognizes that effective, quality behavioral support must be grounded in and informed by basic, broadly accepted knowledge and processes. We have disseminated the Best Practice Standards in Behavioral Support to streamline expectations and practices for those individuals providing behavioral support in ODP programs.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 29, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN 21-066: Incident Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Version 3
Purpose The Incident Management (IM) Bulletin 00-21-02 was available for all stakeholders on March 1, 2021 with an effective date of July 1, 2021. The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has received multiple questions from stakeholders through email, conversations and dialogue during trainings, phone calls, etc. A FAQ was developed to answer some of the questions received.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 24, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-065: Registration Now Open for the Certified Investigator Friday Forums
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, ODPANN 21-065: Registration Now Open for the Certified Investigator Friday Forums.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 23, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Statewide Positive Approaches & Practices Meeting
Purpose Hosted by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 13, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New "A Supporter's Toolbox" Podcast: More Than Words Can Say: Supporting Meaningful Communication
Purpose Communication is complicated and our role as supporters require listening to more than just words. We will scratch the surface by talking about how we can better do that. Would love to hear your thoughts about A Supporter's Toolbox! Share your thoughts by emailing us at: ra-pwodp_Outreach@pa.gov
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 10, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP Online News Digest September 4th-September 10th 2021
Purpose Story suggestions and/or comments about MyODP News Online may be sent to: ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 9, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-061 UPDATE: Individual Support Plan (ISP) Staffing Virtual Training Sessions
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication update; ODPANN 21-061: Individual Support Plan (ISP) Staffing Virtual Training Sessions. This update provides revisions to the remaining schedule and registration process for the Residential ISP Staffing full day virtual training sessions during September and October. Please review the announcement for additional detail.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 31, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Positive Approaches August 2021
Purpose The new issue for August Positive Approaches Journal is out! Please contact us if there are any questions or with any feedback.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 30, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: 2021 Office of Developmental Programs' Health Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, 2021 Health Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine Update. Please review the Health Alert for updated information on the COVID-19 vaccines.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 25, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PATC Call for Artists 
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs is inviting artists on the autism spectrum to exhibit their artwork virtually during the 14th Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC 2021) held October 5 to October 7, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 25, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: A Time of Reflection-- What’s in These Podcasts for You
Purpose We look back at the past year reflecting on the science of psychology shared in the first 24 episodes. Thanks for being along for the ride or just joining the journey as we challenge one another to get better as supporters and humans.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 24, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SAU1 September 2021 Events Calendar
Purpose Get YOUR Power for a Super September with Self Advocates United as 1!
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 20, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PATC Conference Registration Opening Soon 
Purpose Registration will soon be opening for the 2021 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 18, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Renewals of the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers Listening Session Registration Now Available: Self-Advocates
Purpose Please join Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens in this opportunity to voice ideas for updating and improving the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Supports (P/FDS) waivers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 17, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Courses Now Available - College of Employment Services
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs is pleased to announce the availability of four additional courses in the College of Employment Services (CES)
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 13, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Discovery Certification Training for Providers of Employment Services
Purpose This 3-day training provides a comprehensive overview of Discovery (an alternative to traditional vocational assessments) and how to complete Discovery.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 12, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Health Alert: Extreme Heat Advisory
Purpose The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for parts of Pennsylvania. The Office of Developmental Programs is re-issuing this Summer Heat Safety Health Alert as a reminder of the very serious nature of heat related injuries. It is important to be mindful of heat related injuries all season.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 9, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN 21-062:  Certified Investigator (CI) Training Program Updates: New Manual, Certified Investigator Forums, Initial Certification Courses Now Available
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, ODPANN 21-062: Certified Investigator (CI) Training Program Updates: New Manual, Certified Investigator Forums, Initial Certification Courses Now Available. The communication provides details about updates made to the Certified Investigator Program. Please review the announcement for additional details.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 9, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Long-Term Care Facility Providers UPD UPDATE: Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel with Exposure to COVID-19
Purpose The recording of the August 6, 2021 webinar, A Review of PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 2021 – PAHAN – 569 – 4-30 - UPD UPDATE: Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel with Exposure to COVID-19 is now available to view on MyODP.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 6, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Community of Practice for Supporting Families Regional Collaboratives Map Updated on MyODP
Purpose The Regional Collaborative interactive map on Pennsylvania’s CoP for Supporting Families The Community of Practice webpage has been updated with contact information for each county as well as website/social media links, communication and meetings structure, goals, next steps or action plans, and community partners where available. T
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 6, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: PATC: Call for Provider Presentation Proposals - Deadline Extended to Aug. 20th!
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is requesting proposals from professionals who provide support for individuals with autism for stories that focus on their lived experience.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 5, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1) August 2021 Events Calendar
Purpose Please assist the Office of Developmental Programs to widely distribute the August Event Calendar for Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1)
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 3, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-061: Residential Individual Support Plan (ISP) Virtual Training Sessions 2021
Purpose To announce a full-day virtual training session available for registration in August, September, and October 2021 on Residential ISP Staffing.as described in ODP Announcement 21-057.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 3, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: Long-Term Care Facility Providers Webinar
Purpose COVID-19 infection rates are projected to increase in Pennsylvania due to a number of factors. There is concern that this increase in infections will exacerbate the already straining staffing capacity of long-term care facilities. To ensure that we are prepared to support some of the most vulnerable populations, Holly Simpson from the Pennsylvania Department of Health will present a review of the information contained in PA HAN 569. This review will include topics such as: defining a “high-risk” exposure for healthcare personnel (HCP), how and when work exclusion for HCP should occur, testing strategy for HCP, and criteria for reducing work exclusion for HCP to mitigate staffing shortages.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Dept of Health Update: Public Health Recommendations – Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine by Vaccination Status
Purpose Please see the attached Pennsylvania Department of Health, Health Alert Network (HAN) titled, Public Health Recommendations – Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine by Vaccination Status (HAN-583); which was published on July 30, 2021. This DOH communication provides updates on the following: • This guidance replaces PA-HAN-566 and provides clarification on quarantine recommendations for persons exposed to SARS-CoV-2. • In counties with substantial or high transmission, CDC and DOH recommend all persons, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in public indoor settings. • Fully vaccinated people who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 2-5 days after exposure, and should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test. • Regardless of vaccination status, any person with new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 still needs to isolate and be evaluated for SARS-CoV-2 testing. • If you have questions about this guidance, please call your local health department or 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-060: Guidance for 24-Hour Annual Training Requirements in Training Years 2021 and 2022
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to provide guidance for compliance with annual training requirements specified in ODP’s regulations for training years that end in 2021 and 2022.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 30, 2021
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
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-059: Temporary Enhanced Rate Load for CPS and Transportation Trip
Purpose Please assist the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs in disseminating the attached communication: ODPANN 21-059 Temporary Enhanced Rate Load for CPS and Transportation Trip. The purpose of this communication is to inform stakeholders of the rate load timeline and to provide guidance for the temporary enhanced rates associated with Community Participation Supports (CPS) and Transportation Trip
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 30, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: Nature: The Low Cost, Low Effort Intervention
Purpose The MyODP Podcast is now available on major Podcasting Platforms! Click on the links below and subscribe to get notified of recent episodes!
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 28, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: OPD Announcement 21-058: Listening Sessions for the Renewals of the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is holding 11 webinars with Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens to give all interested persons the opportunity to voice ideas for updating and improving the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Supports (P/FDS) waivers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 26, 2021
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
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-057: Individual Support Planning for Residential Services: Review of Staffing Ratio Guidance and Upcoming Training
Purpose This communication serves to: • Sustain the expectation that AEs, SCOs and providers of waiver residential services use the guidance provided in ODP Announcement 19-091 and the Annotated Individual Support Plan (ISP), dated 7/3/19, to document the staffing support that is needed and will be provided to replace residential habilitation service staffing ratios. • Announce that additional training will be provided in the future to: o Standardize how risk factors and identified health and safety needs should be addressed using person-centered thinking skills, o Clarify documentation of supports and services in the ISP, and o Ensure there is a description of strategies (ex. technology, environmental, and staff supports) to mitigate risk(s) during specific activities and situations.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 26, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PATC: Call for 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 with autism. As a provider, you probably experienced many challenges and adversity in the past months, both related and unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. How can we take the hardships, learn from them, and integrate that knowledge as we move into the future? During PATC 2021, we will be highlighting the concept of post-traumatic growth, that from difficult experiences comes opportunity and the chance for progress. We want to give you the opportunity to share your experience, your stories of ordeals and difficulties, and of recovery and resilience.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 26, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Update
Purpose The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is available for renters of residential properties who are at risk of eviction or utility shutoffs due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Landlords can apply for assistance on behalf of tenants and receive assistance directly if the tenant is eligible. If you are in need of assistance, don’t wait. Apply today.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 23, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-056: Incident Management (IM) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Version 2
Purpose The Incident Management (IM) Bulletin 00-21-02 was available for all stakeholders on March 1, 2021 with an effective date of July 1, 2021. The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has received multiple questions from stakeholders through email, conversations and dialogue during trainings, phone calls, etc. A FAQ was developed to answer some of the questions received. Please visit the following webpage Incident Management/Risk Management and click on the link Incident Management Bulletin 00-21-02 which will include links to the IM Bulletin and attachments, related information, resources, ODP announcements, and ODP IM training.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 21, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-055: Changes to Deaf Services and the Harry M. Class
Purpose The Harry M. settlement agreement will be ending on July 29, 2021. This announcement describes how this change impacts stakeholders.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 16, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-054: Delay in Effective Date of July Amendments for the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers
Purpose To announce that due to the continuing review of the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waiver amendments by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the amendments will not be effective July 1, 2021 as planned. As a result, the webinar scheduled for July 26, 2021 to go over the final approved amendments is being delayed.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 14, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-053: Public Comment for Room & Board Documents
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce the opportunity to provide public comment on the draft Room and Board Bulletin. As part of this process, ODP is seeking your valuable feedback and comments on the draft bulletin. The public comment period is open for 30 days from July 13, 2021 until 11:59 PM on August 13, 2021. ODP is also hosting two public comment webinars: One for professionals and one for individuals and family members. Please see the Announcement to register for the appropriate webinar. If you need accommodation(s) as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please identify the specific accommodation you need and notify ODP via RA-PWODP_OUTREACH@pa.gov. Reasonable efforts will be made to meet the need. You may also use this account to request a more accessible version of the accompanying documents. If you wish to submit questions or comments during the public comment period, please submit them via RA-odpcomment@pa.gov using subject header '' Room and Board Bulletin Public Comment.''
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 13, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) Interim Year 2 Review Process Training
Purpose This training session will provide an overview of the Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) QA&I Interim Year 2 Review Process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 - 2022. ODP encourages all Administrative Entity, Supports Coordination Organizations and Provider QA&I leads to join the session. For more information on the ODP QA&I Interim Year 2 Review Process, see ODP Announcement 21-052; the link to the announcement is here. Also, please read the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Program’s Quality Assessment and Improvement FY 21- 22 Interim Year 2 Review Process document distributed to all stakeholders on July 7, 2021 prior to participating in the training.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 9, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Adult Autism Waiver Renewal Overview for All Stakeholders Webinar
Purpose Kristin Ahrens, Deputy Secretary of ODP, and Nina Wall, Director of the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations will be providing an update on the renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver. You do not need to re-register for this event.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 9, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: Don't Crush Motivation
Purpose As supporters, we tend to use incentives to reward people for their accomplishments. Instead of using rewards for everything and in every situation, we will focus on when we should or should not use them.
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Issued By: Medical Director
Issue Date: July 8, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Health Alert: Certain Philips Respironics Ventilators, BiPAP, CPAP Machines Recalled Due to Potential Health Risks
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs is issuing this Health Alert to bring awareness of a recall affecting certain Philips Respironics Ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines due to potential health risks.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 7, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Quality Assessment and Improvement (QAI) Interim Year 2 Review Process Document
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached document, Quality Assessment and Improvement (QAI) Interim Year 2 Review Process Document. The attached document provides detailed guidance for the ODP’s Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) interim review process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022. Please contact PW, ODP_Outreach RA-PWODP_OUTREACH@pa.gov if you would like a more accessible version of this document.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 6, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-052: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Quality Assessment and Improvement (QAI) Interim Year 2 Review Process
Purpose This communication announces the planned commencement of an Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) interim review process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 6, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Guidance for Infection Control and Mitigation for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Providers Webinar
Purpose Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Providers are invited to join Deputy Secretary Ahrens and ODP Medical Director, Dr. Gregory Cherpes for an overview of the updated guidance released on June 23, 2021 in Announcement 21-048 COVID-19 Update: Guidance for Infection Control and Mitigation for ODP Home and Community Based Services Providers ODP.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 5, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ARC Discovery Certification Training for Providers of Employment Services
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 & Associates, it is the prerequisite training for certification. Individuals not seeking certification will gain valuable information and insight and may attend as auditors to the session.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Thresholds for Community Spread Report Ending July 2, 2021
Purpose Providers, individuals and families should use the Level of Community Transmission information for their county as well as surrounding counties to make informed choices about protecting the health and safety of individuals and staff as well as their families.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Resource Guide for Supporting Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Individuals
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is excited to announce the first 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. The Guide provides some of the most frequently accessed resources to assist in addressing the unique needs of these populations, such as information about ASL courses, apps, home modifications, assistive technology, a foundational organizations directory, and so much more! Development of this guide included input from individuals within the Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, and hearing communities and will be revised annually by ODP’s Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-051: Incident Management (IM) Bulletin Effective July 1, 2021
Purpose This communication is a reminder to all stakeholders that on July 1, 2021, the IM Bulletin 00-21-02 (which was issued March 1, 2021) will be effective. Changes to the Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) system that align with the new bulletin will go live July 1, 2021. In addition, this communication is intended to draw attention to existing communications, available trainings, and resources, as well as other necessary activities in order to ensure successful implementation.
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Issued By: Medical Director
Issue Date: June 30, 2021
Type: Health Alert
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Health Alert: Be Alert for Legionella Infections
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs is issuing this Health Alert to create a greater awareness of an anticipated seasonal increase in Legionella infections in order to promote prevention and help ensure recognition and timely treatment if infection does occur.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 28, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-050: OVR Referral Process for Employment-Related Services Effective July 1, 2021
Purpose To notify all parties of a change in procedures for employment-related services beginning July 1, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 25, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-049: Incident Management (IM)Clarification of Responsibilities for Supports Coordination Organizations(SCOs)
Purpose With the release of IM Bulletin 00-21-02, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has received multiple questions regarding the roles of Supports Coordinators (SC) once the bulletin becomes effective on July 1, 2021. This announcement will clarify ODP’s expectations of SCs. Information in this announcement obsoletes guidance previously issued through ODP Informational Packet 072-13.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 25, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: You Can Put Your Mind to It!
Purpose Some of us have self-defeating thoughts about who we are and what we can do. We are going to talk about the importance of having a growth mindset, and how you can support others to have one, too.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 25, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SAU1 July Events Calendar 2021
Purpose Attached please find the July events calendar for Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1). Registration details are included in the attachment.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 24, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: IM4Q Annual Statewide Training - Registration Now Open!
Purpose Open training for all IM4Q Staff, Monitors, Local Board Members, Statewide Steering Committee, AE Staff, ODP Staff and Supports Coordinators
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 23, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-048: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)COVID-19 Update--Guidance for Infection Control and Mitigation for ODP Home and Community Based Services Providers
Purpose To provide updated guidance to providers of ODP home and community-based services related to infection control procedures and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 22, 2021
Type: General
Audience: 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
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-047: ODP Quality Management (QM) Revised Prerequisite Modules and Handbook Now Available
Purpose To announce the availability of ODP’s revised QM Certification prerequisite modules and a new QM Certification Handbook as of June 21, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 21, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-114 UPDATE: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Modifications to Medication Administration Course Requirements as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose Modified and updated information appears in red.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 16, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-045: Community Participation Support Provider Transformation Training and Regional Learning Collaboratives
Purpose To announce an opportunity for Community Participation Support providers to participate in a free virtual training. The training will be provided by national experts and focus on how Community Participation Support services providers can transform from a facility-based model to a competitive integrated employment business model. This initiative also includes the opportunity to receive technical assistance and participate in regional learning collaboratives facilitated by a national expert to assist in developing and implementing concrete and targeted measures to make the transformation. This opportunity is free to providers and jointly funded by the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 15, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-056 UPDATE: COVID 2019 Supports Coordinator Guide for Community Reintegration
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, ODPANN 20-056 UPDATE – Supports Coordinator (SC) Guide for Community Reintegration . and accompanying attachment. The communication and guide have been renamed and are being re-released with updated guidance for SCs to assist individuals, families, support staff and other involved parties to plan a successful reentry into the community with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Please review both documents for additional details.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 4, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-044: Notice to Providers Regarding Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) Deadlines and Future Planning
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to offer instructions to residential provider agencies who do not anticipate being able to meet the current June 30, 2021 deadline for Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) screens for individuals receiving residential services.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-042: ODP Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) Changes Related to the 6100 Regulations Webinars and Question and Answer Sessions are Now Available
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to inform stakeholders that the following resources are now available to support the Incident Management Bulletin (effective July 1, 2021) and alignment with the Chapter 6100 regulations: • Web-based trainings are now available to highlight EIM system enhancements that will be implemented on July 1st 2021. • Registration for Question-and-Answer sessions (Q&A) related to training are now open and available on the HCSIS Learning Management System (LMS).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-043: Incident Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Version 1
Purpose With the March 1, 2021 release of the Incident Management (IM) Bulletin 00-21-02, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has received multiple questions from stakeholders through email, conversations, dialogue during trainings, and phone calls. A FAQ was developed to answer some of the questions received.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 26, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Jump into June with Self Advocates United as 1!
Purpose Please see attachment for details.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 25, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New MYODP Webcast: Mindfulness-- Getting Unstuck and Feeling Good
Purpose Chances are, you or someone you support has gotten stuck with unproductive or negative thoughts. We are going to talk through some strategies to increase mindfulness even when someone may feel inadequate or without purpose or direction.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 24, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Office of Developmental Programs' June Training and Event Calendar
Purpose ODP June Training & Event Calendar is now available.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 20, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-040: Open for Public Comment: Appendices Iand J, Proposed Fee Schedule Rates, and Proposed Department-Established Fees for the Renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver(AAW)
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that Appendices I and J of the proposed renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver(AAW), as well as the rate setting methodology used to develop the proposed Fee Schedule Rates for services funded through the Adult Autism Waiver and the proposed Department-established Fees for residential ineligible services,are available for public review and comment. There is a 30-day public comment period that begins on May 22, 2021 and ends on June 21, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 20, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-039: Incident Management Update Regarding Individual -to Individual Abuse and Serious Injury
Purpose To inform providers that on July 1, 2021, an investigation will not be mandatory and need to be completed by a Department-certified Investigator for the following incidents when reported in the Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) system:
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 19, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Autism & The Courts: Western Regional Panel--Register Now!
Purpose Committed to access to justice for Pennsylvanians with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along with the Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce an upcoming virtual forum – Autism and the Courts – a Regional Discussion, aimed at learning about court experiences from individuals with an ASD. I
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 18, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-056 REISSUE: Individual Transition Guide
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 17, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Free Webinar: COVID-19: Considerations on Safely Reopening for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (ID/A)
Purpose Three Continuing Education credits are offered (3CEs) Friday, June 4, 2021 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 17, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Save the Date for PATC 2021
Purpose Mark your calendar for the 2021 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference! This year's virtual conference will offer featured speakers, breakout sessions, panels, personal stories, and numerous other valuable learning opportunities. More details coming...stay tuned!
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 14, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: Nothing is Out of Reach: Making Accommodations to Open Possibilities
Purpose Our field talks a lot about making accommodations in school and on the job site. We don't often talk as much about making accommodations when building skills to make it possible for people to engage more fully in their home and community. This episode is a reminder to do just that by setting high expectations to open a world of possibilities for the people you support.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 10, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-101 UPDATE: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Temporary Closure of Adult Daily Living Centers, Structured Day Habilitation, and Licensed Facilities Where CPS is Provided Due to Community Spread or When Staff or Individuals are Diagnosed with COVID-19
Purpose To provide temporary closure guidance to Older Adult Daily Living Centers, Structured Day Programs, LIFE Day Centers, Adult Training Facilities and Vocational Facilities related to the community spread of COVID-19 or when more than one individual or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent 15 minutes or more in the facility within a 24 hour period starting 2 days prior to symptom/illness onset, or for asymptomatic individuals, 2 days prior to the test specimen collection date, until the time the person is isolated. Additionally, this announcement describes the process for reopening facilities using the Community Participation Support and Older Adult Facility Reopening Tool and provides guidance for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in facilities. Updates appear in red.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 10, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Ready for the Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference?
Purpose The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, invites you to Save the Date and participate in the statewide Everyday Lives Conference. This year’s conference will be virtual and include collaboration, education, and innovation to celebrate the everyday lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. This year’s Everyday Lives Conference merges the Everyday Lives Conference with the Community of Practice Regional Collaborative Conference, the Technology Summit, and the Dual Diagnosis Conference.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 7, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-032 UPDATE: Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 Individual Support Plan (ISP) Renewal Guidance
Purpose This Office of Developmental Programs’(ODP) communication will provide guidance for the FY 2021-2022 renewal period. The following topical areas will be addressed in this communication: 1.General Guidance –Consideration for COVID-19 Pandemic 2.(Updated) Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) and Community Living Waiver (CLW) Cap Exceptions 3.Variance Process for Established Service Requirements 4.(Updated) Creating FY 2021-2022 Renewals(Addressing Partial Year Service Segments) 5.Consolidated Waiver Fee Schedule Residential Rate Exceptions 6. (Updated)FY 2021-2022 Waiver Rate Load in HCSIS 7.Resources
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 7, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP News Online Digest Ending May 7th 2021
Purpose The new edition of Communications Corner for May 2021 is now available! This month's edition focuses on Communication Temptations.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 4, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Wolf Administration and Rite Aid Partner to Ease COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism
Purpose Governor Tom Wolf today announced a partnership with Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Pharmacy to ease access to COVID-19 vaccinations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 1, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Autism & The Courts: Western Regional Panel
Purpose Committed to access to justice for Pennsylvanians with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along with the Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce an upcoming virtual forum – Autism and the Courts – a Regional Discussion, aimed at learning about court experiences from individuals with an ASD.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 30, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: More Choice Equals More Happiness, Right?
Purpose Autonomy and self-determination are important for anyone to feel in control of their life. As supporters, we tend to think about ways we can help create a "choice rich" life for someone. But does having more choice and making all your decisions make you happier?
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 28, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-038: Incident Management Bulletin Training Now Posted on MyODP
Purpose To announce that incident management trainings are now available on the MyODP website. These trainings are offered to assist providers and stakeholders with meeting the Orientation and Annual Training requirements set forth in applicable regulations and in Incident Management Bulletin 00-21-02.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 27, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-036: 2018-2019 Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Statewide Reports Added to MyODP
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to inform all stakeholders that the 2018-2019 Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Reports have been added to the IM4Q section of the MyODP website.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 27, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-037: 2019-2020 Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Provider Reports and Profiles Update
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to inform all provider agencies that provider-level Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) reports and provider profiles will not be issued with 2019-2020 data.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 27, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Rite Aid Store Clinics ID/DD/Autism
Purpose Registration for vaccination appointments is easy, the person just needs to call our call center at 1-800-424-4345 and answer some brief intake questions. The hours of operation are 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday. The call center will provide representatives from Rite Aid with the individual’s information and Rite Aid will call them directly to schedule vaccination appointments. Instructions in the link above.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 22, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcements 21-035: Now Available --Amendments to the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests yours assistance distributing the attached communication, ODPANN 21-035: Now Available: Amendments to the Consolidated, Community Living, and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers Submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties of the submission of the proposed amendments to the Consolidated, Community Living, and P/FDS Waivers to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It is anticipated that the amendments will be effective July 1, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 18, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: Discovering, Developing, and Deepening
Purpose We have already talked about the importance of supporting someone to find their purpose or meaning. Taking it a step further, we will talk about how to help people develop what sparked their interest and to continue to support nurturing and deepening of that passion.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 14, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-114: COVID-19 UPDATE--Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) About Modifications to Medication Administration Course Requirements as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ODP allowed staff who are required to take the Standard Medication Administration Training Course (“Standard Course”) to take the Modified Medication Training Course (“Modified Course”) until December 31, 2020. Because the pandemic is ongoing, staff can continue to take the Modified Course in place of the Standard Course until June 30, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 13, 2021
Type: General
Audience: AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Supports Coordinators Role in Supporting Vaccination Webinar (REISSUE)
Purpose Please join the Office of Developmental Programs' (ODP) Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens and Medical Director Dr. Gregory Cherpes for the Supports Coordination COVID-19 Vaccination Planning webinar. The webinar will focus on the important role Supports Coordinators (SCs) play with the COVID-19 vaccination for individuals with an intellectual disability or autism and their unpaid caregivers who are in need of a vaccination.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 13, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-034: Regulation Update Orientation Annual Training Question andAnswer Document and Annual Training Clarifications
Purpose This communication provides updated clarifications on annual training requirements in 55 Pa. Code Chapters 2380, 2390, 6100, 6400 and 6500. In addition, this communication announces the development of a question and answer (Q&A) document regarding regulatory orientation and annual training requirements.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 12, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:  REMINDER: Autism and the Courts Regional Forum April 27, 2021
Purpose Committed to access to justice for Pennsylvanians with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along with the Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce an upcoming virtual forum – Autism and the Courts – a Regional Discussion, aimed at learning about court experiences from individuals with an ASD.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 12, 2021
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 21-033: Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) to Participate in the 2020 National Core Indicators® (NCI) Staff Stability Survey
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to inform all provider agencies employing DSPs that ODP will be participating in the 2020 NCI® Staff Stability Survey.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 11, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: HEALTH ALERT: Skin Integrity and Pressure Injury Initiatives
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs is issuing this Health Alert to create a greater awareness of pressure injuries in order to promote prevention and help ensure recognition and timely treatment if pressure injuries do occur.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 9, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference: Conference Schedule and Speaker Lineup Now Available!
Purpose This year’s Everyday Lives Conference merges ODP’s annual conference lineup into a single month-long event that offers two additional Everyday Lives recommendation tracks. Topics include Community of Practice for Supporting Families Regional Collaboratives, Technology Innovation, Dual Diagnosis, Racial Equity, and Employment. Sessions conducted by self-advocates for self-advocates will be available throughout. Registrants have access to all conference sessions.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 8, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-032: Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 Individual Support Plan (ISP) Renewal Guidance
Purpose This Office of Developmental Program (ODP) communication will provide guidance for the FY 2021-2022 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. Variance Process for Established Service Requirements 4. Creating FY 2021-2022 Renewals 5. Consolidated Waiver Fee Schedule Residential Rate Exceptions 6. FY 2021-2022 Waiver Rate Load in HCSIS 7. Resources
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 8, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Employment Providers
AAW SSD/Systematic Skill Building Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-068 UPDATE: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Applying Department of Health Testing and Personal Protective Equipment Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities’ Residents and Health Care Personnel to Community and Life Sharing Homes
Purpose This announcement provides guidance to Community and Life Sharing Home providers about how to apply updated COVID-19 testing guidance and infection control procedure guidance issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH): Updates to this announcement appear in red.
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