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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: September 14, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Weekly Digest
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Welcome to MyODP News Online

September 14, 2020

Welcome to MyODP News Online Weekly Digest. If you previously received the monthly newsletter via listserv, you will now receive this abstract of our online news instead. MyODP News Online Weekly Digest is sent each Friday and contains our Front Page News stories. Story suggestions and/or comments about MyODP News Online may be sent to:  ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov


PATC 2020 Registration Now Open!

ODP's Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC) will be taking the virtual stage in late September through early October.

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DSP Appreciation Week: September 13-19, 2020

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) assist, support, and care for individuals who require help in their daily lives and routines. The week of September 13 -19 is a chance to honor the contributions our DSPs make during Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. Governor Wolf issued a proclamation to bring awareness to the extraordinary contributions these individuals make in the lives of the elderly, veterans, and those with intellectual, developmental, or other disabilities.

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Sexual Abuse During the COVID-19

Op-ed by Beverly Frantz, Temple University Institute on Disabilities Director of Criminal Justice and Sexuality Initiatives

Headshot of Dr. Beverly FrantzAs Pennsylvania has eased restrictions and begun to lift stay-at-home orders the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization expects the need for sexual assault support and services to increase as the pandemic continues. Scott Berkowitz, president of RAINN reported, “As we saw throughout the early weeks of the pandemic, many children lost access to trusted adults, like teachers, and parents of friends, who are typically the first people to spot and reports signs of abuse.”

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An Important Perspective on Race & Disability

Recently, there have been several high-profile cases involving interactions between police and individuals with mental health or autism diagnoses such as Linden Barton, Matthew Rushin, and Daniel Prude. As important conversations continue about the role of mental health, race, and disability in police reform, we thought it was important to share a recent article from Forbes.

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ODP Webinars

Did you know that you can view all of our previous webinars? In light of the current pandemic, ODP has been offering a greater amount of online webinars to keep providers, individuals, families, and stakeholders in the loop.

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: August 25, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Weekly Digest
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The Office of Developmental Programs has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage for stakeholders to stay up to date with updates and resources from ODP.
Please also visit MyODP News Online for new articles related Coronavirus (COVID-19).


-To announce guidance for implementing two changes approved in the second Appendix K for the Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS), Community Living Waivers (ID/A Waivers) and the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW).

-To provide further instruction on the use of the Health Risk Screening (HRS) Web Portal in Staff Reporting cases of COVID-19 and provide a reminder that timely reporting is essential to ensure system responsiveness to COVID-19 outbreaks.

-In response to concerns from frontline workers, the Secretary of Health today issued an order requiring long-term care facilities to take additional steps to protect their staff and residents from COVID-19.


This is the ODP's Weekly Digest announcements from August 17th through August 21st, 2020.

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 17, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Weekly Digest
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Welcome to MyODP News Online

July 17, 2020

Welcome to MyODP News Online Weekly Digest. If you previously received the monthly newsletter via listserv, you will now receive this abstract of our online news instead. MyODP News Online Weekly Digest is sent each Friday and contains our Front Page News stories. Story suggestions and/or comments about MyODP News Online may be sent to:  ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov


COVID-19 MythBusters

It seems like new theories about all things COVID-19 seem to pop up in our news feeds and social media almost daily.

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Competitive Integrated Employment Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Special Education is now accepting applications for Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) grants for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

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Supporting Medically Complex Children

COVID-19 has been tough for everyone, but for families with medically complex children, COVID-19 can be especially scary.

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Small Business Toolkit for Retention of Employees with Disabilities

The Northeast ADA Center has developed a toolkit designed for employers looking to hire and retain staff with disabilities.

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Social Media: When and What to Post

In times of heightened emotional responses and potential divide in values and opinions, it is important to consider what we are posting to social media platforms.

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What is Contact Tracing?

We have heard the term "contract tracing" a lot throughput this pandemic. Contact tracing is the process of identifying, notifying, and monitoring anyone who came in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were infectious.

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More COVID-19 Distractions

This article is for those of us who are still spending most of our time at home and could use a good distraction from everything going on in the world.

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July is Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month and this year it is even more special due to the 30th anniversary of the passing of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 13, 2020
Type: General
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Welcome to MyODP News Online

July 13, 2020

Welcome to MyODP News Online Weekly Digest. If you previously received the monthly newsletter via listserv, you will now receive this abstract of our online news instead. MyODP News Online Weekly Digest is sent each Friday and contains our Front Page News stories. Story suggestions and/or comments about MyODP News Online may be sent to:  ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov


Resilience and Recovery in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last week we shared an article on How to Build Resilience.

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Loneliness and COVID: A Self-Advocate's Perspective

It is important we look to self-advocates for guidance and stories of their experiences when considering how best to support individuals.

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Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19

Today we wanted to share this resource from the World Health Organization (WHO) that addresses social stigma in the context of COVID 19.

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Understanding Transition Stress

This year seems like an endless cycle of transitions.

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COVID-19 Individual Health Action

Today we wanted to share a helpful tool when planning for care related to possible COVID-19 related treatment or hospitalization.

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Tips for Managing Conflict Over Social Distancing

Unfortunately, even after the expansion of Governor Wolf’s mask-wearing order, there continues to be conflict between people about the safety measures recommended to combat COVID-19.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day everyone!

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How to Build Resilience

Though some of the individuals we support are among the most resilient people we have ever met, others may lack the requisite skills and characteristics needed to recover from adverse experiences.

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Masks: Cloth Face Coverings and Surgical Face Masks

In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home.

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A Champion of Supporting Families

ODP’s Everyday Lives recommendations outline the office’s commitment to creating equitable and fulfilling lives for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 13, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Weekly Digest
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The Office of Developmental Programs has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage for stakeholders to stay up to date with updates and resources from ODP.
Please also visit MyODP News Online for new articles related Coronavirus (COVID-19).

ODP Announcement 20-084: AAW and ACAP Restriction Intervention Plan Indicator

To remind AAW and ACAP Behavior Specialists/Behavioral Health Specialists to answer the restrictive procedure plan indicator in the Behavioral Support Plan (BSP), and to request that all existing BSPs are checked for accuracy of the indicator question.

Updated Information on Mask Use Order and Additional Screening Questions

In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. On July 1, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine signed an official order requiring the universal use of face coverings.

Save the Date: The Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference 

A virtual training conference for professionals supporting individuals with autism Hosted by ODP and PA ASERT.

This is the ODP's Weekly Digest announcements from June 5th through July 11th, 2020.

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 5, 2020
Type: General
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The Office of Developmental Programs has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage for stakeholders to stay up to date with updates and resources from ODP.
Please also visit MyODP News Online for new articles related Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) Virtual Training - Now Available on MyODP


ODPANN 20-081: Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) Virtual Training Now Available on MyODP

To announce the availability of a virtual FBA Training on MyODP.


ODPANN 20-082: Update  to the Adult Autism Waiver Provider Information Table

The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties that the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Provider Information Table (PIT) is being released with updated procedure codes for the Specialized Skill Development: Behavioral Specialist service.

ODPANN 20-083: Provider Requalification for Cycle 1 Year 3

The purpose of this communication is to announce the requalification process for Cycle 1 Year 3. Below is an updated timeline to meet the extension based on the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s subsequent Proclamation of Disaster Emergency.


ODPANN 20-066 Update    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):  Guidance for Visitation in Residential Settings Licensed by the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in the Green Phase of the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

Please assist the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs in disseminating the attached communication: ODPANN 20-066 Updated Guidance for Visitation.


Wolf Administration Announces Strategy to Ease Long-Term Care Facility Restrictions through Gradual Three-Step Process to Protect Vulnerable Populations


Masks: Cloth Face Coverings and Surgical Face Masks

Wearing a face mask has been recommended by the Secretary of Health to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is expected that staff who provide services wear a face covering or a mask during the entirety of service provision.


ODP Virtual Training Offerings July 2020

Virtual Training Offerings have expanded! Pre-registration for each session is required.


SAU1 - July Antivirus Power Connect Calendar

Use YOUR power to stay connected through our projects SASE (Self Advocate Support and Empowerment) and SAPNA (Self Advocacy Power Network for All).


Community HealthChoices Fact Sheet:  Continuity of Care

On June 30, 2020, the continuity of care period for long-term services and supports in the Northeast, Northwest, and Lehigh/Capital Regions ended. Community HealthChoices (CHC) is now fully implemented across Pennsylvania.

Reminder for all AAW and ACAP Behavior Specialists and SCs – New QuestionPro Link for PRE

This is a reminder to all Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Supports Coordinators, AAW Behavioral Specialist providers, and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Supports Coordinators and Behavioral Health Specialists to use the new QuestionPro link to enter Periodic Risk Evaluation (PRE) assessments, effective July 1, 2020.

The Arc of PA - Making Employment Work:  ACRE Basic Certification Training

The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Making Employment Work course is an ACRE Basic Certification Training. To receive certification, participants must attend a 3‐day, live webinar training and then complete a self‐paced, online curriculum.

The Arc of PA - Discovery Training

This 3-day training provides a comprehensive overview of Discovery (an alternative to traditional vocational assessments) and how to complete Discovery. For those seeking to become certified providers of Discovery through Marc Gold and Associates, it is the pre-requisite training for certification.


This is the ODP's Weekly Digest announcements from June 26th through July 4th, 2020.

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Weekly Digest
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Welcome to MyODP News Online

July 02, 2020

Welcome to MyODP News Online Weekly Digest. If you previously received the monthly newsletter via listserv, you will now receive this abstract of our online news instead. MyODP News Online Weekly Digest is sent each Friday and contains our Front Page News stories. Story suggestions and/or comments about MyODP News Online may be sent to:  ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov


Masks: Cloth Face Coverings and Surgical Face Masks

In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. On July 1, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine signed an official order requiring the universal use of face coverings..

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Staycation vs. Vacation: How to Have Fun and Still Be Safe

This summer is certainly different from summers of the past, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on some good old summer fun!

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Why We Wear Masks in Public

Are you supporting someone who is struggling to understand the importance of wearing masks in public?

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CDC Updated Guidance for Direct Service Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its COVID-19 guidance for Direct Service Professionals based on frequently asked questions.

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Artists Who Have Found Creative Ways to Offer Hope Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

It is easy to get trapped in a sense of hopelessness these days, but art can be a wonderful way to get a much-needed pick-me-up.

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Compassion Fatigue

Today we want to highlight another recent AIDinPA resource, about Compassion Fatigue.

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CDC Communication Toolkit

Today we wanted to share a newly created resource from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 26, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Weekly Digest
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Welcome to MyODP News Online

June 26, 2020

Welcome to MyODP News Online Weekly Digest. If you previously received the monthly newsletter via listserv, you will now receive this abstract of our online news instead. MyODP News Online Weekly Digest is sent each Friday and contains our Front Page News stories. Story suggestions and/or comments about MyODP News Online may be sent to:  ra-pwmyodp@pa.gov


AIDinPA Emotional Pain Resource

Today we want to highlight a recentlyadded AIDinPA resource Emotional Pain During a Pandemic

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Recommendations for Supporting Individuals in Healthcare Settings During COVID-19

Today we want to highlight this article, Overcoming the Challenges of Autism During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Assessing Telehealth Readiness

The attached file offers an example of a quick survey-based assessment tool to determine if an individual has the skills required to participate in telehealth service delivery.

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Guide to Transition: Something for Everyone

The Self-Advocate Transition Guide for community re-entry was released last week.

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There are Good Things Happening

In times like this, it is important to focus on good news to put our minds in a positive mental health state.

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Promoting Financial Health and Resiliency for People with Disabilities

The National Disabilities Institute (NDI) has created a simple two-page handout that captures their five strategies and resources to assist individuals in taking steps to maintain their financial health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Recognizing Juneteenth

Today we recognize June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Pennsylvania.

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Handling Returning to Work Anxiety and Office Safety

As more and more businesses reopen, it is important to remain cautious and to practice safe strategies as many individuals will face anxiety or fear of returning to the workplace.

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Weekly Digest
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The Office of Developmental Programs has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage for stakeholders to stay up to date with updates and resources from ODP.
Please also visit MyODP News Online for new articles related Coronavirus (COVID-19).
ODP Announcement 20-073: New Procedure Codes for AAW Behavioral Specialist Services

-To communicate that new BSS procedure codes have been added to PROMISe and HCSIS to replace the procedure codes causing error codes and denials.

MyODP Announcement 20-074: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Community Participation Support (CPS) Retainer Payments Update

-To provide an update on the status of and requirements for CPS retainer payments.

ODP Announcement 20-075: Extension of Annual Practicum Deadline for Medication Administration Trainer Recertification

-To announce that the annual practicum deadline for any current staff who would be due to be Recertified on or before July 31, 2020 has been extended to August 31, 2020, and to announce upcoming Virtual Face to Face classes.

ODP Announcement 20-076: Coronavirus Disease - Diagnoses Associated with Elevated Risk of Severe Illness or Death Following COVID-19 Infection 6-18-2020

-To provide information about diagnoses and conditions associated with elevated risk for severe illness when an individual is infected with COVID-19.

Self-Advocate Transition Guide Now Available

-The Self-Advocate Transition Guide for community re-entry is now available.


This is the ODP's Weekly Digest announcements from June 14th through June 20th, 2020.

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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: June 14, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Weekly Digest
Name / Link: ODP Logo


The Office of Developmental Programs has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage for stakeholders to stay up to date with updates and resources from ODP.
Please also visit MyODP News Online for new articles related Coronavirus (COVID-19).

ODP Announcement 20-068: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Applying Department of Health Testing Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities' Residents and Healthcare Personnel to Community and Life Sharing Homes

-This announcement provides guidance to Community and Life Sharing Home providers about how to apply COVID-19 testing guidance issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).

ODP Announcement 20-069: 2020-2021 Waivers Cap Exceptions Guidance for the Person/Family Directed Support and Community Living Waivers

-The purpose of this communication is to provide additional guidance to Individual Support Planning Teams on the criteria for requesting a cap exception for the Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) and Community Living Waivers.

ODP Announcement 20-070: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Funding for Providers of ODP Waiver Services 

-The purpose of this communication is to alert providers to the distribution of funds from the CARES Act

ODP Announcement 20-071: Pennsylvania ODP – Provider Staff COVID-19 Tracking Forms

-The purpose of this communication is to introduce the web-based provider staff COVID19 reporting and tracking forms.

ODP Announcement 20-072: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)--Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) At-a-Glance Reopening Guide by Phase 

-To provide guidance to stakeholders about Governor Wolf’s plan to Reopen Pennsylvania that includes service-specific guidance in the “Green Phase.”

This is the ODP's Weekly Digest announcements from June 7th through June 13th, 2020.

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