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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Encourages Individuals, Families, and Supporters to Utilize Helpline for Support During COVID-19
Purpose The Statewide Support & Referral Helpline is staffed by skilled and compassionate staff that are available 24/7 to respond to those struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency. Staff at the Helpline refer callers to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Extensions of Certificates for Medication Administration Course Trainers
Purpose In response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency and actions that are being instituted throughout Pennsylvania the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) will be extending the Medication Administration Course Trainer Certification for currently certified trainers to August 31, 2020.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: UPDATED ODP Announcement 20-023: COVID-19 Statewide Suspension of ODP Functions - Updated 4-3-2020
Purpose Please read the attached announcement which lists an update pertaining to functions suspended by the Office of Developmental Programs in response to concerns over the possible spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 3, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Behavior Specialist Ability Survey
Purpose During this uncertain time, it can be especially challenging to meet behavioral support needs. ODP is attempting to identify providers with the capacity and willingness to provide additional behavioral services to individuals, if needed.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) Providers
Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
AAW Supports Coordinators
AAW Employment Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-035: Guidance for Preventing and Responding to Behavioral Crises
Purpose During this time of uncertainty that can be challenging for individuals and supporters, we are providing guidance to Behavioral Specialists, Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs), and other providers about diverting and responding to potential crisis situations. Here are some strategies that can be implemented, but remember, the key to effective supports during this time is flexibility in meeting the individual needs of the people we support. The guidance is broken down into two sections. The first is for Behavioral Specialists. The second is for non-Behavioral Specialist Providers and SCOs.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: WEBINAR: Lifesharing and Considerations in COVID-19
Purpose An ODP presentation for the Life Sharing Coalition. The topic is specific to implementing changes related to COVID-19 in Life Sharing.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: AAW Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-036: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): ISP Revisions in the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)
Purpose To provide SCOs additional information on documentation needs related to Individual Support Plans (ISPs) impacted by Appendix K.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 2, 2020
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 20-037: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Modification of Key Tasks and Activities in Response to Incidents
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to outline acceptable modifications of the key tasks and activities required during the management of incidents. This communication highlights these strategies and gives additional detail to allow for a thorough incident response and investigation while maintaining social distancing protocols. In addition, the Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) system will be modified to allow users to document incidents related to the COVID-19 virus via an indicator question added to all incident reports. Modifications of the incident management process due to COVID-19 will remain in effect until further notice.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1—Antivirus Power Connect April Calendar
Purpose Use YOUR power to stay connected through our projects SASE (Self Advocate Support and Empowerment) and SAPNA (Self Advocacy Power Network for All). Join as many calls as you can to connect with other people while we can’t meet in person. Share the info with your friends, family and coworkers. Let’s start each call with a check-in to hear how folks are doing and share resources during this tough time.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: April 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: AAW Supports Coordinators
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Supports Brokers
Name / Link: 2020 Adult Autism Waiver Supports Coordination Meeting UPDATE
Purpose Presented by the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) All Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) SC and SC Supervisors are invited to join us as we facilitate conversations and field questions regarding Appendix K Operational Guide specific to the AAW. Please read for new registration and time information.
Status: current