RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Updates - Week of February 11, 2013
February 13, 2013

ODP has released Announcement #014-13: Instructor Led, Face-to-Face Training. A variety of three-hour trainings will be offered across the state beginning March 5. SCOs may apply the credit hours toward the 40 hours required for 2013 SC training. Seating is limited and registration closes five days before the training date.

The HCSIS Update indicates a correction on February 23 for users of the ODP Certified Licensing System (CLS). Previously those who attempted to enter applications through CLS and clicked on “Save and Finish Later” were unable to add additional locations.

February 12, 2013

A copy of the Department of Public Welfare 2013/14 Executive Budget presentation from February 5 is available. The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) plans its own update soon on the proposed 2013/14 budget.

ODP has released the following announcements, all available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • ODP Bulletin #6400-13-02: Participant Rights: Statement of Policy. Effective February 9 on publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin (43 Pa.B. 878). Clarification to Chapter 51.17 relating to incident management, requires that a provider takes prompt action to protect the health, safety, and rights of individuals they serve.
  • Announcement #011-13: Website Upgrades for SCC and AEOIC: Planned Interruption of Services. Beginning February 17 with completion by February 22.
  • Announcement #012-13: Release of ODP Statewide Training report for Fiscal Year 2011/12.
  • Announcement #013-13: Base Funded Respite Care – Exception to Established Service Limit. Provides clarification regarding the exceptions process to the established base respite care limit reference in 55 PA Code Chapter 6350. Changes are effective February 18.
  • Notification of the 2013 Family and Individual Autism Mini-Grant application now available from www.autisminpa.org.

TEAM Legislation: US Representative Gregg Harper, Mississippi, has reintroduced three bills aimed at redesign of federal programs for youth with intellectual disability as they transition from secondary school to the workforce. The bills are referred to as the Transition Toward Excellence, Achievement and Mobility (TEAM Act).  HR 510 would streamline the transition process and require coordination between the state education and state I/DD authority. HR 511 seeks to coordinate between appropriate state agencies the transition from school to employment or post-secondary education. HR 509 would streamline public funding by requiring the vocational rehabilitation system to actively engage with other state entities.

Agendas and RSVP for the March 19 PCPA Committee meetings will be available next week. Watch for details.

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