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IDD Update
February 26, 2015

Question for SCOs
The Office of Developmental Programs is requesting training topics for Supports Coordinators, pertaining to the various parts of the entire outcome section of the ISP. They would like to know:

  • What part of the outcome section needs clarification or additional explanation;
  • What inconsistencies are there in implementing the OD required practice; and
  • Please share examples of best practices, including real-life developed outcome sections and local resources.

This will be shared by RCPA at the March 12 SCO Leadership meeting. Please share your information with Linda Drummond.

ODP Chapter 6100 Regulations Work Group
The Department of Human Services ODP is coordinating a Chapter 6100 Regulations Work Group to address revisions to the current Chapter 51 Regulations. ODP has hired Regulatory Consultant Karen Kroh to facilitate this initiative, which is conducting stakeholder meetings every two weeks. RCPA is a member of this work group and seeks member input regarding needed changes to the current regulations.

Regulations revisions will include addressing the ODP Home and Community-Based Consolidated, Person/Family-Directed Supports, and Autism waivers. The target date for finalization of the new regulations is August, 2016, with the effective dates being December, 2016, through July, 2018.
The meetings are open to the public as observers. Draft regulations will be out for 30-day public comment, once the regulations packet has been submitted to the independent Regulatory Review Commission, and the Senate Standing Committees and Legislative Reference Bureau.
Note the following, regarding scope of the regulations:

  • Will be coordinated with the new Adult Protective Services Regulations;
  • Will not be applicable to the Adult Community Autism Program or Intermediate Care Facilities; and
  • Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid final rules will be addressed, including topics such as residential leases and inclusion in the community.

Chapter 51 Regulations topics for the March 4 meeting will include:

  • Monitoring (51.24)
  • Regulatory waivers (51.343)
  • Individuals service plans (51.28-29)
  • Progress notes (51.16)
  • Quality management (51.25)
  • Rights and choices (51.17a)
  • Transition (51.31)
  • Incident management (51.17-19)

March 18 meeting topics will include:

  • Regulatory promulgation options
  • Department rates and classifications (51.43)
  • Payment policies (51.44)
  • Provider billing (51.45)
  • Audits (51.46)
  • Reporting ownership changes (51.47)
  • Fee schedule services (51.51-53)

Waiver Rule Webcasts
The Department of Human Services will be conducting webinars to receive comments on the state’s proposed Transition Plan based on the federal Home and Community Based Waiver Rule changes. These are available March 5 at 11:00 am or March 9 at 1:00 pm.

The Office of Developmental Programs is also offering two webinars to receive comments on the proposed Consolidated and Person/Family-Directed Supports Waivers amendments which become effective July 1. These webinars are March 3 at 1:30 pm or March 5 at 9:30 am.

March is ID Awareness Month
State Representative Tarah Toohil has issued House Resolution 77, which designates March, 2015, as Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

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