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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.
Status: current
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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.
Status: current
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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.
Status: current
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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.
Status: current
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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.
Status: current
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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.
Status: current
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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.''
Status: current
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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.
Status: current
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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.
Status: current
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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.
Status: current