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IDA Coalition Meeting With Governor’s Policy Office
January 10, 2012

PCPA, as part of the Intellectual Disability and Autism Coalition (IDA), participated in a meeting with key members of the Governor’s Policy Office on important issues impacting providers of services to Pennsylvanian’s with intellectual disability.  PCPA and members of the coalition made a clear and cogent case for adequate funding of services in the upcoming budget and the crucial need for the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) to appropriately manage authorizations to avoid implementing harmful policies, such as the revenue adjustment factor.  The coalition continues to maintain that ODP authorized a level of service that was not supported by its budget and expenditures caused by the over-authorization should be addressed via a supplemental appropriation. Coalition members noted that admissions to state centers have increased alarmingly over the last year and the immense amount of progress made on providing cost-effective services in the community must not be abandoned. The lack of meaningful stakeholder input was also raised as an ongoing concern.

A coalition letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services that raises concerns about the administration of the intellectual disability waivers was also shared. The Governor’s Policy Office was receptive to points made, particularly the necessity of stakeholder input, and committed to communicating these issues to ODP. PCPA will continue to advocate on these issues and keep members informed. Further questions may be addressed to Anne Leisure or Linda Drummond.

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