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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 28, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-036: UPDATE: Announcing an online Tool for Reporting Residential Vacancies
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce an update to the original Residential Vacancies announcement, 22-036. This communication has been updated for June 2022 vacancies.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 27, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-072: HSRI Announces Staff Stability Survey Extension
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) has extended the deadline to participate in the 2021 NCI® Staff Stability Survey to July 31, 2022.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 27, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-073: Human Rights Webinars: Making A Determination Webinars Available NOW on MyODP 

Purpose Announcing online access via MyODP to recorded Human Rights Making a Determination Webinars
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 24, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-070: Incident Management (IM) Trainings Available on MyODP
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to announce the release of a new Incident Management (IM) trainings series on the MyODP website which focuses on incident prevention and reducing recurrence of incidents.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: 10th Annual Lifesharing Conference
Purpose The Pennsylvania Lifesharing Coalition will be holding its 10th Annual Lifesharing Conference on November 7th and 8th of 2022. The conference will take place in-person at Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, PA. Registration is $200 through June 30th and $250 thereafter. See the attached flyer for more information on hotel accommodations and instructions on how to register.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODPANN 20-114 - Update Medication Administration Requirements Revised 06-23-2022
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide an updated timeline on Medication Administration training requirements as it pertains to the “Modified” and “Standard” courses offered by ODP.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Reissue: ODP Health Alert - Summer Heat Safety
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached reissue: ODP HEALTH ALERT – Summer Heat Safety 2022. The Health Alert provides information on dealing with the excessive summer heat.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 21, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-071: ODP Services Overview Quick Guide Now Available
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to announce that the ODP Services Overview Quick Guide is now available to stakeholders.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 21, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-064: Online Learning Opportunity About Alternative and Augmentative Communication
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to share information about an online learning opportunity about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) offered through TechOWL.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 17, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Providing COVID-19 Therapeutics: Your Questions, Answered 
Purpose The PA Department of Health, Department of Human Services and Management Agency, and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation are jointly hosting an informational webinar on COVID-19 Therapeutics.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 17, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-069 Gross Adjustments for Paid Promise Claims for Adult Autism Waiver
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide information about processing gross adjustments for paid promise claims.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 17, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New "A Supporter's Toolbox" -- Finding the Spark
Purpose Finding your spark or something that drives you, teaches you how to learn, builds a sense of self, and finds places where you feel successful. As supporters, it’s part of our role to help someone find that spark – we will talk about ways to do that.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 16, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-067: Gross Adjustments for Paid Promise Update
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to provide information about processing gross adjustments for paid promise claims
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 16, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-068: Transition to Independent Living Payments
Purpose This Office of Developmental Program (ODP) communication will provide guidance for providers and teams of individuals who may wish to choose to receive and transition to Supported Living or Lifesharing services.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 15, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODPANN 20-114 UPDATE: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Modifications to Medication Administration Course Requirements as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication update: ODPANN 20-114 UPDATE: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Modifications to Medication Administration Course Requirements as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Modified and updated information appears in red.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODPANN Announcement 22-064:  Online Learning Opportunity About Alternative and Augmentative Communication
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to share information about an online learning opportunity about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) offered through TechOWL.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 10, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) Cycle 2 Year 1 Training Webinars
Purpose These training sessions are intended for AE, SCO and Provider QA&I Leads and will provide an overview of the Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) QA&I Cycle 2 Year 1 Review Process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 - 2023. Attendees need only attend one of the two available sessions as the same content will be covered during both sessions.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-063 Rate Increases for Supported Employment and Pre-Employment Transition Services
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to announce rate increases for Supported Employment (SE) services and OVR Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Medically Complex Conditions Training Series
Purpose ODP is offering a training series for Intellectual Disability/Autism (ID/A) Supports Coordination Organizations and Administrative Entities (AEs) on supporting individuals with medically complex conditions. The training series will cover a variety of topics aimed at increasing capacity for supports professionals when providing care for individuals with medically complex conditions. The series will offer guidance from medical professionals including ODP’s Medical Director Gregory Cherpes and Chief Nursing Officer Rhonda Gengler.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
Intellectual Disability 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).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:  Statewide Quarterly Positive Approaches & Practices Meeting
Purpose You are invited to participate in the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). Please review the attached flyer for detailed session and registration information
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP Podcast Supporter's Toolbox: Got Skills?
Purpose We will talk about ways to support someone to learn skills like social skills and coping skills so people feel more successful, included, and motivated.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-062: 988--A Direct Link for Suicide Prevention & Crisis Support
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to inform interested parties of the 988 lifeline.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: The ARC Discovery Training
Purpose For those seeking to become certified providers of Discovery through Marc Gold and Associates, it is the pre-requisite face-to-face training to complete certification. Individuals not seeking certification will gain valuable information and insight, and may attend as auditors of the course.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 7, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: UPDATED: Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) June External Training and Events Calendar
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the ODP External June Training Calendar. The QA&I Cycle 2 trainings on June 21st and 23rd will be rescheduled to a later date, and the AAW Service Utilization Review Updates training is available to AAW SC’s and Providers. Please use this communication for distribution.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 6, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-061: IDA Amendments Approved by CMS Effective 6-1-22
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties of the approval of the amendments to the Consolidated, Community Living, and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS waivers) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The waiver amendments became effective on June 1, 2022 and are available on the Department of Human Services’ website.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 6, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Positive Approaches May 2022 is Now Available!
Purpose We are so very excited to announce the most recent issue of the Positive Approaches Journal. This issue focuses on Autistic Adults from a variety of perspectives.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 3, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-060: June 3rd News Alerts from the Infection Prevention Specialist Partnership with Health Care Quality Units
Purpose To announce the June 3rd News Alerts for providers to assist in managing and developing infection control strategies, including COVID-19 and Monkeypox.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 2, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Bulleting 00-22-02: Requesting a Waiver of Office of Developmental Programs Regulations
Purpose The purpose of this bulletin is to establish the process for requesting a waiver of a regulatory requirement.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 2, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SAU1 Events Calendar June 2022
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your help sharing the attached June Events Calendar from Self-Advocates United as 1 (SAU1). Please distribute widely through your networks.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 1, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Speaking for Ourselves Turns 40! Virtual Celebration Part 1
Purpose Celebrate all that we have accomplished by joining us this Saturday:
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 27, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-059: Now Available Adult Autism Waiver Amendment Submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties of the submission of the proposed amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) to CMS.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: UPDATE ODP Announcement 22-036: Announcing an Online Tool for Reporting Residential Vacancies
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce an update to the original Residential Vacancies announcement, 22-036. 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://cpa.questionpro.com/t/AJrvGZssio.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 24, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-058:Linking Existing Data Systems to the Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) Survey 
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce the launch of the Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) survey to assess interest in linking data systems to the HRST.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 23, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-046: Vaccine Booster Reminder
Purpose Please assist the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs in disseminating the attached communication: UDPATE: COVID-19 ODPANN 22-046 - Vaccine Booster Reminder. This communication serves as an update to COVID-19 ODPANN 22-046 – Vaccine Booster Reminder. The purpose of this communication is To remind the field about a recent update to recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health about details for COVID-19 vaccine and boosters. Updates are indicated in red.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 19, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Save the Date - PATC: Implement
Purpose The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs invites you to save the date for the 15th Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC), November 1st through November 3rd, 2022. This year’s theme is PATC: Implement.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP Podcast: Supporter's Toolbox-- Changing Our Identity
Purpose Our sense of self is often shaped for us when we are young. But, the good news is we can change and shape our identities giving us purpose and meaning in our lives.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 16, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-057:  Launching and Requesting Feedback for home.MyODP.org
Purpose Please assist the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs in disseminating the attached communication: ODPANN 22-057: Launching and Requesting Feedback for home.MyODP.org. The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties that ODP is launching resource pages associated with MyODP called home.MyODP.org. In the near future, all resources currently on MyODP.org will be transitioned over to home.MyODP.org. At this time we are requesting feedback of the new pages, which may be sent to ra-PWODP_Outreach@pa.gov.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: 2022 Everyday Lives Conference Program Now Available!
Purpose The 2022 Everyday Lives Virtual Conference begins this Tuesday, May 17th. The conference program - including a detailed schedule of events, presentation topics, and speaker biographies – is now available! See the attached document.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ARC of Pennsylvania Customized Employment Training
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 (MG&A) over the course of 4 months. This is the pre-requisite training to complete certification through MG&A. *Certification in Discovery is a pre-requisite for seeking certification in Job Development.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-056: Now Open: Registration for Certified Investigator (CI) Initial Certification Course
Purpose To communicate that registration for the July – December 2022 CI Initial Certification Course classes (also known as cohorts) are now open on MyODP.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 9, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-055: Qualification Process for New Intellectual Disability Autism Providers Applicants Update
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to communicate the process for Administrative Entities (AEs) to validate that new Provider Applicants have satisfied all Waiver Provider Qualification requirements effective May 1, 2022.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 6, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: 2022 Everyday Lives Conference Virtual Platform Training
Purpose The 2022 Everyday Lives Conference begins on May 17th and will be held through a virtual platform called Whova. ODP is hosting two training sessions to provide individuals, families, and all other stakeholders instructions on how to join the conference and make the most of your experience.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 6, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: CANCELED: Children With Medical Complexities Part 1
Purpose The session previously scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 is now canceled. The session will be rescheduled at a later date to be announced.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 5, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-053 - Posting of Certified Investigator (CI) Forum Question & Answer Documents and Announcement of Open Registration for June Certified Investigator Forum
Purpose 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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 4, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-052: Gross Adjustments for ODP Waiver Service
Purpose ODP is prepared to begin making Gross Adjustments to providers for the ODP waiver services billed at old fee schedule rates during the months of January and February 2022. It is our intention to do one Gross Adjustment per MPI which will be applied to the providers highest billing service location.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: May 4, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-054: Upcoming Medication Administration Scheduled Outage
Purpose To inform all interested parties that important infrastructural change to the Medication Administration Training Program will take place Wednesday, June 8, 2022 through Sunday, July 10, 2022, which will cause an outage. If you attempt to conduct a class or complete any training on the system during this outage, your work will be lost.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 30, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: CANCELED: Opening and Returning to Full Capacity for Day Center Programming, Infection Prevention Principles
Purpose The previously scheduled webinars for the Western and Southeast regions, Opening and Returning to Full Capacity for Day Center Programming, Infection Prevention Principles, on May 3 and May 4 are canceled. The sessions will be rescheduled with dates yet to be determined. You can expect an email in the coming weeks to announce the new dates.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 29, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-051: Final Fee Schedule Rates for New Services Funded Through ODP’s Waivers
Purpose Please assist the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs in disseminating the attached communication: ODPANN 22-051 - Final Fee Schedule Rates for New Services Funded Through ODP’s Waivers. The purpose of this communication is to announce that the following Fee Schedule Rates have been published as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin: • Family Medical Support Assistance services funded through the Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers. • Remote Community Participation Support/Day Habilitation services funded through the Consolidated, Community Living, P/FDS, and Adult Autism Waivers. • Medically Complex Life Sharing services and Transition to Independent Living payments funded through the Consolidated Waiver.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 28, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-050:  Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2023 Individual Support Plan (ISP) Renewal Guidance
Purpose Please assist the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs in disseminating the attached communication: ODPANN 22-050 - Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2023 Individual Support Plan (ISP) Renewal Guidance. The purpose of this communication is to provide guidance for the FY 2022-2023 renewal period. The following topical areas will be addressed in this communication: • General Guidance related to the COVID-19 Pandemic • Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Cap Exceptions • Guidance For Updating FY 2022-2023 Renewal Plans with Partial Year Service Segments • Waiver Rate Load • Variance Process for Established Service Requirements • Consolidated Waiver Fee Schedule Residential Rate Exceptions • New ARPA Base Funding Stream • Reserve to Encumbrance and Resources
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 27, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-048: Incident Management Family Guide
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance sharing the attached communication, Incident Management Family Guide. The purpose of this communication is to ensure Individuals and Families are provided access to Incident Management resources and training reminding providers of their role and responsibilities in sharing information and providing education on this topic.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 27, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-049: Supports Coordination Return to In-Person Individual Monitoring Guidance for SCOs - Q&A Document
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance sharing the attached communication, Supports Coordination Return to In-Person Individual Monitoring Guidance for SCOs - Q&A Document. The purpose of this communication is to provide guidance to Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs) for a return to in-person individual monitoring and provide Questions and Answers from the April 5, 2022 webinar.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-047:  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Provider Masking Policies for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance sharing the attaching communication, Announcement 22-047: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Provider Masking Policies for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). This announcement offers information and resources to the field in support of developing masking policies. Please review the announcement for additional information.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Opening and Returning to Full Capacity for Day Center Programming, Infection Prevention Principles

Purpose This webinar is for residential and day service providers, families, and SCOs to cover best practices for reopening day service provider facilities. Topics to be covered include best practices in screening participants, sanitation protocols, mitigation strategies, masking, distancing, and more.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 26, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: MyODP Podcast: Quality of Life--Do Something About It
Purpose We throw the words "quality of life" around a lot in our field. We will talk about putting those words, or this concept, into action through small everyday changes and through understanding happiness behaviors.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 25, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SIS Basics Review Webinar
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs and Keystone Peer Review Organization, Inc. (“Kepro”) will host a Supports Intensity Scale – Adult (SIS-ATM) Basics training webinar, which will provide an overview of the SIS- ATM and PA Supplement assessments, as well as tips on how to prepare for the assessment interview to ensure quality outcomes. Both sessions will cover the same material. You only need to register for one session.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 24, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PAFN Event: Adult Siblings of People with Intellectual Disabilities/Autism Webinar
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.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:  ODP Announcement 22-046: COVID-19- Vaccine Booster Reminder
Purpose To remind the field about a recent update to recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health about details for COVID-19 vaccine and boosters.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Events Training Calendar May 2022
Purpose please find The Office of Developmental Programs’ May External Training and Events Calendar. Registration links to all sessions can be accessed by clicking on the blue hyperlinks. Please share widely.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 20, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: UPDATED Children with Medical Complexities Training Series - Part 1: Expanding Supports for Children with Medical Complexities RESCHEDULED
Purpose The session previously scheduled for Thursday, April 21 is will now be held on Tuesday, May 10 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. If you previously registered for this session, you do not need to re-register. You should have received an email from GoTo Webinar announcing the rescheduling.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-044: The Use of Public Transportation Services for Ridesharing Expenses
Purpose To clarify that ridesharing services, such as Lyft, Uber, or other similar transportation services, may be reimbursed through the public transportation service.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Eligibility Bulletin Overview for Counties/Administrative Entities Webcast UPDATED
Purpose A detailed training for County/Administrative Entity Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals (QDDPs) on the process to determine eligibility for services through the Office of Developmental Programs. SCOs will benefit from review of the webcast to further their understanding of the eligibility process.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 15, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-040: Now Available-- Questions & Answers (Q&A) From April 4, 2022 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Webinar
Purpose On April 4, 2022, ODP held an informational webinar to answer questions about the one- time supplemental payment to address staff training, credentialing, and business associate programs for employment. The questions and answers (Q&A) from that webinar have been combined into a document that is being made available to all interested stakeholders
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 15, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-042: April 15th News Alert from Infection Prevention Specialist Partnership with Health Care Quality Units
Purpose To announce the April 15th News Alert for providers to assist in managing and developing infection control strategies, including COVID-19.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 15, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-043: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--American Rescue Plan Act One-Time Supplemental Payment to Provide Funding for Technology That Enhances the Provision of Home and Community Based Services
Purpose To provide guidance about the process for providers and Supports Coordination Organizations to request one-time payments for technology that enhances the provision of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 15, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-041: New Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) Advanced Rater Training (ART) Course Available May 1, 2022
Purpose As of May 1, 2022, a new web-based eLearning version of the HRST ART will become available. With the release of this eLearning course, the webinar-based version will no longer be offered.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 13, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODPANN 22-039: Transition of Individuals Into a Nursing Facility (NF)
Purpose This guidance describes actions the AEs and SCOs must take 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
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 12, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Best Practices in Behavioral Support Survey
Purpose We intend to host additional sessions with providers and AEs to talk about the standards, but in the meantime, we are interested in hearing from those of you who have reviewed the standards or attended a VOH in the past year. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Recording Now Available:  ARPA Supplemental Payment to Address Staff Training, Credentialing, and Business Associates Programs for Employment
Purpose On April 4, 2022, the Office of Developmental Programs presented a question and answer (Q&A) session on the use of ARPA funding in helping to increase staff qualifications, pay, and recruiting.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Recording Now Available: Update on the Office of Developmental Programs' (ODP) Expectation for Resuming In-Person Individual Monitoring Conducted By Supports Coordinators
Purpose On April 5, 2022, ODP presented an informational guidance session including a question & answer (Q&A) period to address the resumption of in-person monitoring of participants by Supports Coordinators.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 8, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: The Arc of Pennsylvania Customized Employment Job Development training - May 18-20, 2022
Purpose Attendees will learn how to develop an employer-focused approach to negotiating customized job descriptions on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 7, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-038: : Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Provider Information Table Updated
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance sharing the attached communication; ODPANN 22-038: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Provider Information Table Updated and accompanying attachment. The ODP has updated the AAW Provider Information Table to reflect the April 1, 2022 waiver amendment.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 6, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-037: Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series May 11, 2022: Ensuring Responsive Support Options for Persons with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities and Problematic Sexual Behaviors
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance sharing the attached communication; ODPANN 22-037: Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series May 11, 2022: Ensuring Responsive Support Options for Persons with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities and Problematic Sexual Behaviors. The session is scheduled from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on May 11, 2022. Please review the announcement and accompanying event flyer for additional information and registration details.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 5, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
Administrative Entities
Name / Link: ODP 22-019 UPDATE: COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding for Respite and Family Driven Support Services (FDSS)
Purpose To inform stakeholders of ARPA funds that are available to AEs to disperse in order to meet respite and/or the Family Driven Support Services (FDSS) needs of individuals on the waiting list who do not currently receive waiver funded services. This communication is intended to: • Describe eligibility criteria for the use of these funds • Describe eligible expenditures • Describe responsibilities of counties in allocating funding • Reporting requirements
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 5, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Registration Now Open--2022 Everyday Lives Conference
Purpose The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs invites you to register for the 2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference! The Everyday Lives Conference seeks to provide valuable information to Individuals with an intellectual disability and/or autism, their families, and support professionals to help empower individuals to live their ideal everyday lives.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 1, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-036: Announcing an Online Tool for Reporting Residential Vacancies
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce a new optional online tool for reporting and tracking residential vacancies.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 1, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: Children with Medical Complexities Training Series - Part 1: Expanding Supports for Children with Medical Complexities
Purpose In this introductory session to providing supports to children with medical complexities, ODP Medical Director, Gregory Cherpes MD and Chief Nursing Officer, Rhonda Gengler RN will provide an overview of the training series topics that will be covered in greater detail in subsequent sessions.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 31, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Booster Recommendation Update
Purpose The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that all eligible adults, adolescents, and children 5 and older be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting an initial booster when eligible.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 29, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: SAU1 Events Calendar April 2022
Purpose Spread your power to friends and family! Share this flyer with people you trust. Families, staff, and guests are welcome to listen and learn
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 28, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-034: Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Amendment Approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested stakeholders that the amendment to the AAW has been approved by the CMS.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 28, 2022
Type: General
Audience: AAW Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-035:Update on ODP’s Expectation for Resuming In-Person Individual Monitoring Conducted by Supports Coordinators 
Purpose To announce the release of the ODP Supports Coordinator Tip Sheet for Returning to InPerson Individual Monitoring and to provide registration information for an upcoming ODP webinar regarding these expectations.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 25, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-015: COVID Update--Now Available Version 3 of the Operational Guide for the Adult Autism Waiver During the Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Purpose To announce updated operational guidance to implement services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 25, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:  New "A Supporter's Toolbox" -- Stay on Track By Setting Goals
Purpose We all set goals for ourselves – it’s a natural human experience. We will talk about the benefits of goals and how to support someone to set goals that motivate them and keep them on track.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 23, 2022
Type: Health Alert
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Office of Developmental Programs Health Alert - Respirator Recall
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, Health Alert: Respirator Recall. Please review the information provided in the Health Alert for information regarding the recall of certain Philips Respironics ventilators.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 23, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Webinar Rescheduled Monday April 4 2022
Purpose The webinar previously scheduled for March 31 at 2:00 pm will now take place on Monday, April 4 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. If you have previously registered for this webinar, you do not need to re-register.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New Visual Gestural Communication Module: Getting Started
Purpose ODP is happy to announce the publication of the next online Visual Gestural Communication (VGC) training module!
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 22, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-033: Announcing Infection Prevention Specialist Partnership with Health Care Quality Units
Purpose To announce additional resources for providers in managing and developing infection control strategies, including COVID-19.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 18, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Positive Practices Quarterly Meeting - April 14, 2022 - Embracing Behavioral Supports and Meaningful Applications
Purpose Positive behavior support is a process that combines evidence-based practices to address behavioral challenges and improve independence, participation, and overall quality of life of individuals living and learning in complex community environments. This session will engage participants to take an active role in behavioral interventions and expand one’s knowledge with principles and practices for dual diagnosed individuals and trauma.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 17, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-032: Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Quality Management (QM) Virtual Certification Classes: Registration Now Open for July - December 2022
Purpose To provide information on the registration process for ODP’s Virtual QM Certification Classes being offered in July – December 2022.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 17, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA):Supplemental Payment to Address Staff Training, Credentialing, and Business Associates Programs for Employment Q&A
Purpose Join ODP Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens and Bureau Director of Policy & Quality Management Jeremy Yale to discuss the recent announcement about the ODP American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) One-Time Supplemental Payment to Address Staff Training, Credentialing, and Business Associates Programs for Employment.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 16, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: UPDATE 22-031: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--American Rescue Plan Act: One-Time Supplemental Payment to Address Staff Training, Credentialing, and Business Associates Programs for Employment
Purpose To provide guidance about the process for providers and Supports Coordination Organizations to request one-time payments to address staff training, credentialing, and business associates programs for employment
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 11, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-031: ARPA - One-Time Supplemental Payment to Address Staff Training, Credentialing, and Business Associates Programs for Employment
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide guidance about the process for providers and Supports Coordination Organizations to request one-time payments to address staff training, credentialing, and business associates programs for employment.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 11, 2022
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 22-030: Open for Public Comment: Proposed Amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Effective July 1, 2022
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that the proposed amendment to the AAW is available for public review and comment. There is a 30-day public comment period that starts on March 12, 2022 and ends on April 11, 2022.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 10, 2022
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Summer Academy Flyer 2022
Purpose The Summer Academy is a two-week program for high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing and preparing for entry into post-secondary education leading to competitive integrated employment.
Status: current