RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Update
February 11, 2015

ODP Updates
The Office of Developmental Programs has released the following information:

  • Reissued Announcement #006-15: Biennial Provider Qualifications; link in the original Informational Memo #079-13 is not valid; therefore, ODP is reissuing the announcement with correct details.
  • Announcement #014-15: Pre-Billing Resource for Supports Coordination Organizations;  announces new resource for pre-billing preparation due to anticipated HCSIS service claims for SC and TSM services to PROMISe to be discontinued late in 2015.
  • Announcement #015-15: Regulation Project Underway; beginning in January, ODP has convened a Regulation Work Group of numerous stakeholders to advise on revisions to the Chapter 51 Regulations. RCPA is a member of this work group.

President’s 2016 Budget
President Obama’s 2016 budget request includes funding to improve outcomes for persons with disabilities. With July 2015 as the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, it is important to continue to focus on services and supports for those with disabilities. Highlights include:

  • Disability Innovation Fund redirecting unspent vocational rehabilitation funds to support innovative activities to improve employment outcomes;
  • New authority and $400 million for the Social Security Administration to test innovative strategies to help individuals remain in the workforce; and
  • Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act with $3.4 billion to states for their vocational rehabilitation programs.

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