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IDD Updates - Week of January 2, 2012
January 3, 2012

January 5
Linda Drummond has made available an overview of ODP’s proposed waiver renewals (2012-17) that was shared in the IDD Update of December 23. Comments are due to ODP by January 12. Please share your comments with Linda Drummond by January 11, if possible. It was thought the overview might be helpful as members review information. This is the only opportunity for public input.

The Department of Aging has appointed an Acting Deputy Secretary, Terry Barley, beginning January 30.  Barley has served as director of Cumberland County Office of Aging.

At the December 2011 ICFs/MR Task Force, Kathy Deans provided an overview of the process intermediate care facilities (ICFs) can use if deciding to convert to waiver. This conversion would require ICFs to complete and submit waiver cost reports by June 15 for any site or sites a provider wants to convert, if the provider wants the conversion in 2013/14.

RSVP to the January 17 IDD Committee and/or SCO Subcommittee meetings by January 12. ODP Fiscal Director John Cox will participate at the IDD Committee with discussion on how the Rate Adjustment Factor was determined for 2011/12, in addition to presentations on training being developed to support persons who are dually diagnosed and the webinar regarding development of individualized resource allocation systems.

January 3
PCPA’s IDD Update of December 23, 2011 provided the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) waiver comparison documents for comment. All comments must be submitted to the mailbox listed below in order to be considered. To help ODP better manage incoming comments, please use the attachment called “Side-by-Side of Proposed Consolidated and P-FDS Changes” and record comments in the comment column. Submit comments to RA-ODPComment@pa.gov by January 12. Please also share a copy of your comments with Linda Drummond. 

A PCPA residential provider that had applied for “Rent Rebates” at the suggestion of ODP to assist with other funding, has been told that its residents are not eligible for rent rebates because the provider is a non-profit and doesn’t pay taxes on the homes. Have others had this same experience? Are you receiving Rent Rebates for residents? Please let Linda Drummond know so this issue can be addressed with the state.

ODP has released the following information which is available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • Policy bulletins #00-11-08, 00-11-09, 00-11-10, 00-11-11, 00-11-12, addressing rate setting and fee-schedule rates for 2011/12 that were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
  • Announcement #178-11: Release of ODP Statewide Training Report for FY 2010/11.
  • Announcement #179-11: Pennsylvania’s Outcomes Training Follow-up Activity. Required training for supports coordinators and supervisors. Provides three credit hours if completed by March 30.
  • Informational Memo #180-11: Uniform Construction Code Clarification for Licensed Providers; Fire and Panic Regulations and Uniform Construction Code for sites licensed under 2380, 2390, 6400, 6500 and 20.35. Effective immediately all licensed providers are required to include a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy along with initial application packets, new site addenda, and renewal applications.
  • Ebensburg State Center staff development courses for January are free to families, advocates, and agency staff.
  • Bureau of Autism Services December Newsletter available at http://bastraining.tiu11.org.

The Departments of Aging and Public Welfare have funds available to support Aging and Intellectual Disability County Teams in cross-system, collaborative activities. Proposals are being accepted that focus on cross-systems training that includes county aging and intellectual disability staff, providers, advocates, and others. Maximum award amount is $5,000 and proposals are due by January 31. Direct any questions to Amy Comarnitsky (717-425-5115) or Carmen Donegan (717-783-5772).

PCPA’s January 17 IDD Committee will feature a webinar with Oregon-based Human Services Research Institute and an opportunity for provider questions on “Developing Individualized Resource Allocation Systems.” Review the HSRI web site prior to the meeting and the various publications and reports they have developed on this topic (www.hsri.org).

The Department of Public Welfare issued a Medical Assistance Bulletin (Pharmacy Benefit Package Change) effective January 3. The bulletin and attachments are available at http://services.dpw.state.pa.us/olddpw/bulletinsearch.aspx?BulletinId=4768.

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