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New Bulletin Issued for Summer Therapeutic Activities Programs
New DPW Bulletin Reduces Administrative Burden December 17, 2004

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) will issue a bulletin December 23 that allows some providers of Summer Therapeutic Activities Programs (STAP) to operate with previously approved program descriptions. The new bulletin (#08-04-07, 11-04-07, 34-04-03) is now available on the DPW web site and is effective on January 1, 2005.

The bulletin states that:

If there is no change to the most recently submitted and approved STAP service description, the annual service description does not need to be submitted to the Department for review and approval. However, if there are any changes to the most recently approved STAP service description, including a request for a fee above that on the MA fee schedule, a new service description must be submitted to the Department for review and approval.

Providers enrolled in the BH-MCO delivery system are directed to contact the appropriate BH-MCO for additional requirements.

Providers are urged to review the complete text of the bulletin which is available at www.dpw.state.pa.us/omap/provinf/mabull/080407.asp. Contact Connell O’Brien at PCPA with questions.

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