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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: 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 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: 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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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 7, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-066 UPDATE: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Visitation in Residential Settings
Purpose The purpose of this announcement is to: • Explain “Level of Community Transmission” and its impact on visitation both in and outside of the Community or Life Sharing Home. • Provide guidance for developing visitation policies and best practices for visitation. • Explain the “Compassionate Care Exemption” (Appendix A). • Provide guidance on facilitating personal relationships when in-person visits are restricted. • Residential settings include licensed and unlicensed Community Homes (55 Pa. Code Chapter 6400) and licensed and unlicensed Family Living Homes (55 Pa. Code Chapter 6500). Updates appear in red.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 7, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Releases 2019-2020 Annual Comprehensive Employment Report
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce the release of the second Annual Comprehensive Employment report. The ODP Comprehensive Employment Report provides important performance data to individuals, families, advocates, providers, government officials, and taxpayers. ODP is committed to supporting individuals with an intellectual disability or autism to achieve their goals towards competitive integrated employment.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 5, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-031: Prudent Payment of Claims Suspended April 2022
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, ODPANN 21-031: Prudent Payment of Claims Suspended Until April 2022. Please review the announcement for additional information
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-030: Open for Public Comment: Temporary Fee Schedule Rate Changes in Community Participation Support and Transportation Trip Services
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce the public comment period for the temporary increases to the Fee Schedule Rates for Community Participation Support (CPS) services and Transportation Trip services effective January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 1, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement ODPANN 21-029 - Quality Management (QM) Virtual Certification Classes: Registration Now Open for July - December 2021
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide information on the registration process for ODP’s Virtual QM Certification classes to be held July-December 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 31, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Support Coordination Organization Leadership Webinar 
Purpose The webinar will focus on the integral role Supports Coordination Organizations (SCO) will play in the upcoming ODP COVID-19 vaccination clinics for individuals with an intellectual disability or autism and their unpaid caregivers as well as for Supports Coordinators who are in need of a vaccination.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 31, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New ODP Podcast: What Do You Expect?
Purpose Visit us on the MyODP Podcast page to Listen! The MyODP Podcast is now available on major Podcasting Platforms!
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 30, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar Now Available
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs co-hosted a webinar with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation that explains the importance of COVID-19 vaccination from the scientific and community perspectives. The one-hour webinar offers facts and information to help the participants make informed choices as well as to use when assisting others in their communities. This presentation also includes frank discussion of the losses that have been encountered by many as a result of COVID-19 infections.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 27, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-072: COVID-19 HCBS At-A-Glance By Level of Community Spread 3-26-21
Purpose Final Community Spread ending 3-26-21
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 24, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-028: Now Available: Adult Autism Waiver Renewal Public Comment Webinar Recording
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties of the availability of the public comment webinar regarding the proposed changes to Appendices A through H of the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) renewal.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 23, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine
Purpose On behalf of the Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, we invite you to join the upcoming webinar “Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine” to hear from experts and ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 21, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: REMINDER 2021 ASD Virtual Seminar--Registration Now Open!
Purpose This seminar is intended for providers or any supporter in the disability system who is interested a) in understanding ways to reduce potential risk and b) in understanding the justice system focusing on the role of advocacy and intervention if an individual they support becomes involved in the criminal justice system.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 19, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Incident Management (IM) Virtual Office Hours (VOH)
Purpose Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) providers of Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) services are invited to schedule an individualized one-on-one VOH session to discuss incident management topics with representatives from ODP.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 18, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Guest Series with Jordan Hollander: Becoming More Flexible
Purpose This is the third episode in a three-part series with our first guest, Jordan Hollander. This episode focuses on wrapping up the previous two podcasts on the concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) by exploring more about how and what we think impacting how effective we are as supporters.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 17, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: PA Family Network--Peace of Mind: Long Term Planning For Siblings
Purpose Join the PA Family Network in this workshop to plan and problem solve for your sibling(s) with intellectual disabilities and/or autism: 1. Connect and network with other adult siblings. 2. Get information and strategies on handling Long Term Planning*. 3. Identify services/supports so you and your loved one can live a good life.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 16, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: After Action Review (AAR)
Purpose Attached is an AAR Brief that describes the development of the COVID-19 Pandemic AAR and focuses on the findings from one subset of data that was collected through an online survey of providers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 14, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-027 REISSUE: COVID-19- Approval of Appendix K Extension
Purpose Please note: This announcement is being reissued due to an issue with the links within the announcement document. Please refer to this corrected version moving forward. To inform all interested stakeholders that Appendix K flexibilities needed for implementation of the waivers administered by the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 12, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-026: Medication Administration-- Webcast Guidance
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) requests your assistance distributing the attached communication, ODPANN 21-026: Medication Administration: Webcast Guidance. This communication provides guidance for users experiencing issues viewing webcasts in the Medication Administration Train the Trainer and Student courses.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 12, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Releases 2019-2020 Annual Data Report
Purpose The ODP Annual data report provides statistical information to educate our stakeholders about the individuals ODP serves and the services they receive. This data provides an important overview of the service system ODP oversees that supports individuals with disabilities. The accompanying resource, Everyday Lives: Values in Action Information, Sharing and Advisory Committee (ISAC) Recommendations, Strategies, and Performance Measures, provides information on indicators of success used to gauge the effectiveness of the work of ODP.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 11, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Vulnerable Populations Webpage

Purpose The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Resources website to address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on minority and vulnerable populations. The website features federal resources organized by audience, such as health care professionals, patients, and consumers.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 11, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link:

Office of Developmental Programs Virtual Office Hour Risk Management – Provider Risk Screening – Phase 2
Purpose This session offers a review of Phase 2 of the Administrative Entity Provider Risk Screening Process including a deep dive into identified risk areas, the Phase 2 Summary Report, and tracking.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 9, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-025: Respite for a Participant Receiving Life Sharing Services
Purpose This communication is intended to clarify which procedure codes to use for a participant receiving Respite services in a Life Sharing setting. ODP is implementing five (5) new 24- hour Respite service procedure codes that represent Respite for a participant(s) who receives this service in a Life Sharing setting only (whether licensed or unlicensed).
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 5, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link:  New MyODP Podcast: Guest Series with Jordan Hollander- It's the Journey and Not Just the Destination
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: March 5, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Direct Service Professional (DSP) COVID-19 Vaccination Need and Access Survey
Purpose Also attached to this message is a "Planning Template" to help you gather the information needed to complete the survey. This is an optional resource and is not required to be used. Remember that all responses must be entered into the online survey, please do not submit the Planning Template to ODP.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Autism & the Courts Regional Panel - Central PA
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: March 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: The Arc of Pennsylvania Customized Employment Job Development April 2021
Purpose Attendees will learn how to develop an employer-focused approach to negotiating customized job descriptions on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Participants seeking certification are expected to commit approximately 40 hours of fieldwork with/on-behalf of a learning partner under the guidance of Marc Gold & Associates (MGA) over the course of 4 months. This is the pre-requisite training to complete certification through MGA. *Certification in Discovery is a pre-requisite for seeking certification in Job Development.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 2, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: 2021 ASD Virtual Seminar - Registration Now Open!
Purpose This seminar is intended for providers or any supporter in the disability system who is interested a) in understanding ways to reduce potential risk and b) in understanding the justice system focusing on the role of advocacy and intervention if an individual they support becomes involved in the criminal justice system. We also invite professionals in law enforcement, courts, and corrections to this seminar to open the necessary discussion about the supporter’s role in diversion and engagement with the justice system.
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Issued By: Department of Human Services
Issue Date: March 1, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-024 Reissue:  Open for Public Comment: Renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to announce that Appendices A through H of the proposed renewal for the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) are available for public review and comment. There is a 30-day public comment period that begins on February 27, 2021 and ends on March 29, 2021.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: March 1, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Registration Open for the Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference!
Purpose Early bird registration for the Everyday Lives 2021 Virtual Conference is now open! This year’s conference will be a virtual celebration offering learning opportunities for individuals, families, and professionals.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: February 26, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 21-022 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Department of Human Services (DHS) COVID019 Vaccine Administration Tracker Now Available for Immediate Use
Purpose To announce the release of the Department of Human Services Vaccine Administration Tracker and provide instructions for its use.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: February 26, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement  21-023: Human Rights Webcasts
Purpose With the recent release of Bulletin 00-21-01 Guidance for Human Rights Teams and Human Rights Committees, ODP is making available a 4-part webcast series titled Human Rights In Depth, which provides additional information and support for stakeholders involved in implementing the guidance and requirements related to individual rights and restrictive procedures.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: February 24, 2021
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: 2021 ASD Virtual Seminars - When Disability and the Justice System Collide: A Proactive Approach - Save the Date
Purpose This seminar is intended for providers or any supporter in the disability system who is interested a) in understanding ways to reduce potential risk and b) in understanding the justice system focusing on the role of advocacy and intervention if an individual they support becomes involved in the criminal justice system.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: February 22, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Virtual Office Hours (VOH) Provider Risk Screening March 10, 2021
Purpose This session will offer a review of Phase 1 of the Administrative Entity Provider Risk Screening Process to include background of process development, an overview of Phase 1, and a review of the Phase 1 Tool.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: February 22, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP March 2021Training Calendar 
Purpose The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce its March trainings. Please use the hyperlinked title listed below to register for the session. Please email: RA-PWODP_OUTREACH@pa.gov if you have any questions.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: February 19, 2021
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: Guest Series with Jordan Hollander: A Few Thoughts About Thoughts
Purpose This is the first episode in a three-part series with our first guest, Jordan Hollander. As supporters, one of our primary objectives is to ensure the person we support is happy and feels good, right? Jordan joins us to talk about his thoughts on the broader definition of happiness and how thoughts can sometimes be a barrier to achieving a more meaningful life.
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