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IDD Updates – Week of March 10, 2014
March 13, 2014

March is Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month
Across the county, March is recognized annually as Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month. In Pennsylvania, the Senate and House have introduced resolutions in recognition of this month. Senate Resolution 307 and House Resolution 664 acknowledge the role of public awareness and education in improving the lives of individuals with this disability. 

World Down Syndrome Day
House Resolution 694 recognizes March 21 as “World Down Syndrome Day” in Pennsylvania. Down syndrome is a genetic condition affecting approximately one in every 800 births. This recognition is to acknowledge the positive contributions made by individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Pennsylvania House and Senate have issued resolutions designating March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. Senate Resolution 309 and House Resolution 689 promote injury prevention and access to treatment and services.


March 12, 2014

IDD Committee Meeting
There is an addition to the March 13, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Committee agenda. Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Fiscal Director Deb Donahue will present an overview of the ODP FY 2014/15 budget request.

PROMISe Re-Enrollment
The Office of Medical Assistance has released Medical Assistance Bulletin #99-14-06: Re-Enrollment/Revalidation of Medical Assistance Providers. Effective October 1, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. All providers that bill through PROMISe will need to look at re-enrollment or revalidation depending on types of services provided. Providers need to review their locations in PROMISe and HCSIS and clean up or close locations that are not being used. ODP will issue guidance on this in the very near future.

College of Direct Support
ODP is in contract negotiations with the parent company of College of Direct Support (CDS). Conference calls have been scheduled March 13 and March 18 with ODP and providers that will focus on how providers use the CDS curriculum and learning management system (LMS). Those participating are asked to be prepared to discuss the following:

  • What are the top three things about the curriculum that are working well for your agency?
  • What would you change about the CDS curriculum?
  • How do you use the CDS LMS?
  • What are the top three things about LMS that are working well for your agency?
  • What would you like to change about LMS?

Autism Updates

  • The Bureau of Autism Services has issued a reminder that its Family and Individual Mini-Grants application is available until March 31. The focus of these grants is to serve individuals and families that are not able to access existing support systems. Grants may be up to $500. Services may include respite care, summer recreation, skill development programs, and community programs such as karate lessons, swimming lessons, dance or art or cooking classes.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Seminar for Direct Support Professionals will be offered in locations across the state during April. Registration will be available later this month.
  • The 7th Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference is June 10 – 12 at the Eden Resort, Lancaster. Exhibitor applications are being accepted.

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