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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: December 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Thresholds for Community Spread Report
Purpose Attached is the Thresholds for Community Spread Report as described in ODP Announcement 20-101. Providers are responsible to review the report and make any necessary changes according to the status of their county. The publication of the Threshold for Community Spread Report will follow publication of DOH’s updated Dashboard numbers, which is available on Friday of each week.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: December 4, 2020
Type: General
Audience: AAW Supports Coordinators
All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-111: New Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs) Qualification Process
Purpose The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) requires a statewide processto ensure SCOs are qualified to render services to waiver-funded individuals. ODP is replacing the previous AAW SCO requalification process with the ODP AAW SCO Qualification Process described below. This communication outlines the steps the SCO must follow to meet these requirements.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: December 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: New MyODP Podcast: Takes More Than Willpower & Coaxing: Developing New Habits
Purpose Can you simply coax or convince people to change their habits and behaviors? Sure, but not when you are looking to create behaviors and habits that will stick around for the long run. We will talk about ways that we can support people to create new, healthy habits -- ones that become as automated as driving a car.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: December 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT SERVICES INNOVATION PANELS: Remote Assessment & Data Collection
Purpose This pandemic has forced us all to think more creatively about how to maintain important components of the Behavioral Support Services. A panel of Behavioral Support Service Providers will present their innovations for engaging in Remote Assessment & Data Collection highlighting their models to conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments and monitor data. Opportunity to engage and ask questions of these panelists will be provided.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: December 1, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-109: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Providing the Life Sharing Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose The purpose of this document is to: • Provide recommendations to enable Life-Sharing agencies to assist host homes with understanding and applying the guidance • Provide recommendations relating to individual participation in facility-based Community Participation Support and other community-based activities during the COVID-19 pandemic • Explain what host home household members and substitute care providers should consider during the COVID-19 pandemic and clarify expectations for agencies to support host homes in managing COVID-19 related situations. • Clarify what is meant by “suspected to have COVID-19” and “diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: December 1, 2020
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
Intellectual Disability Providers
Name / Link: ODP Announcement 20-068 UPDATE: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Applying Pennsylvania 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: November 25, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Holiday Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose ODP has developed the following Holiday Safety Poster based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Health (DOH) recommendations. Please refer to this poster this holiday season and remember to stay safe and have Happy Holidays! An accessible version of the below poster is also attached to this e-mail. Feel free to print and distribute widely.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: November 24, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: "Communication And..." Series
Purpose ODP is happy to announce the publication of the Communication and…Series with over 25 different diagnoses included! The goal of this series is to provide information on how each diagnosis could impact communication and offer strategies to support effective communication.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: November 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: Community of Practice for Supporting Families Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 Workplan Now Available
Purpose This document reflects ongoing efforts as well as areas of focus for new or enhanced strategies for the Initiative Coordinator and leadership team for the fiscal year 2020-2021. It is a companion to the Initiative Workplan. Further information can be found at: https://www.myodp.org/mod/page/view.php?id=25542.
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Issued By: Office of Developmental Programs
Issue Date: November 23, 2020
Type: General
Audience: All Interested Parties
Name / Link: As COVID-19 Cases Reach Critical Levels, Wolf Admin Announces New Mitigation Efforts
Purpose With new modeling projecting 22,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in Pennsylvania in December, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced new targeted mitigation measures to help stop the spread during this critical time.
Status: current