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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 10, 2020
Type: General
Audience: AAW Behavioral Specialists
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-084: AAW and ACAP Restriction Intervention Plan Indicator
Purpose 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.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 9, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Updated Information on Mask Use Order and Additional Screening Questions
Purpose 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.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 8, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
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Save the Date: The Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference 
Purpose A virtual training conference for professionals supporting individuals with autism Hosted by ODP and PA ASERT
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 6, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Universal Mask Coverings Order FAQ
Purpose 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. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces 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.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-082: Update  to the Adult Autism Waiver Provider Information Table
Purpose 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.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Supports Brokers
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Office of Developmental Programs Community Participation Support Virtual Office Hour
Purpose Pre-registration for each session is required.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 2, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Individuals and Families
All Interested Parties
Intellectual Disability Providers
Intellectual Disability Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-066 UPDATE: Updated Guidance for Visitation
Purpose The purpose of this communication is to provide guidance on establishing visitation policies in residential settings when a county transitions to the Green Phase of Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Community HealthChoices Fact Sheet: Continuity of Care
Purpose 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.
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Self Advocates United as 1 — July Antivirus Power Connect 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).
Status: current
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: Administrative Entities
Intellectual Disability/Autism Providers
Intellectual Disability/Autism Supports Coordinators
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-083 : Provider Requalification for Cycle 1 Year 3
Purpose 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.
Status: current