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IDD Updates - Week of March 26, 2012
March 29, 2012

March 29
Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Deputy Secretary Friel has informed PCPA that there will be a two-week delay in release of the proposed fee-schedule for all services moving to the state-set fee schedule effective July 1. These will be proposed rates because the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not approved the ODP waiver renewals. He indicated the delay was to allow ODP to properly analyze and determine any impact on providers based on the final rates for the fee schedule.

PCPA is a member of the Joint Committee on Aging and Intellectual Disability which is finalizing plans for the September 5-6 Building Bridges Conference. The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill, at a rate of $104 per night. Registration will be $100 per person. Mark your calendars now.

The Works for Me-PA Program is offering free trainings, “How Do I Connect with Employers,” across the state in May to address job development for people with disabilities. The flyer with details is available.

Several providers have been contacted by Pennsylvania’s Disability Rights Network (DRN) regarding review of their Representative Payee services. These are reviews required by the Social Security Administration which has contracted with each state’s protection and advocacy agency to do the reviews. SSA provides to DRN the names of the beneficiaries that are to be visited. The review will consist of a check on the individual’s welfare and a review of the financial documentation related to the Representative Payee services. If your agency is notified of a review visit and you have questions, please contact DRN Project Coordinator Jennifer Garman (jgarman@drnpa.org).

ODP continues to develop its “Aging Curriculum” with trainings for direct service and SCOs. The first two lessons are available by webcast at www.odpconsulting.net. Additional topics under development include falls, stroke, medications, sensory problems, depression, and dementia.

A document prepared by the Cumberland County Drug and Alcohol Commission regarding the proposed 2012/13 FY Human Services Development Fund block grant is available. The questions and concerns are valid to the counties and to all of the systems affected by this block grant proposal.

ODP Announcement #024-12: AE Oversight Monitoring Cycle 3 Documents Now Available. These are questions and guidelines on Cycle 3 for AE staff participating in the oversight monitoring.

Today’s House Human Services Committee hearing featured advocates, families, and self-advocates testifying to the need for adequate funding for community supports and services. Chaired by Representative Gene DiGirolamo, he indicated the intellectual and developmental disabilities system needs to be a top priority for the state. DiGriolamo indicated he is going to work with the governor to find a way to restore the proposed cuts.  Families did a great job at this hearing sharing stories, services needed to support their children in the community, and actual financial savings to the state through community supports verses institutional care. One parent asked how the governor could find $55 million for restoration work on the capitol, but proposed massive cuts to the disabilities systems. The link should be available in the next day or two at www.GeneDiGirolamo.com or www.pcntv.com.

March 28
Results of the IDA Coalition Survey of providers regarding the impact of Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) payment reductions this fiscal year is available. Please keep Linda Drummond informed as decisions regarding staffing and program issues are made.

ODP is currently reviewing/revising the newly implemented direct service and SCO provider monitoring process. Recommendations for changes and revisions should be shared with Linda Drummond, who will compile and send them to ODP to offer advice on streamlining the process.

At PCPA’s March IDD Committee, Senator Lloyd Smucker (lsmucker@pasen.gov) and Representative Tom Murt’s staff, Bill Dixon (tmurt@pahousegop.com), asked providers to share with them the impact of ODP rate changes, fee schedules, and proposed 2012/13 budget cuts on services and supports. They also indicated an interest in learning what benefits providers see with the Bureau of Financial Operatons audits currently being implemented. Please also share copied with Ms. Drummond.

Mark calendars now for the next IDD Committee meeting and note the change day to Wednesday, June 13, at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey. Please share with me ideas for presenters and agenda topics. Also, mark your calendars for PCPA Capitol Day on June 5.  

Members that provide Representative Payee services for individuals may receive a notice from the Social Security Administration and Pennsylvania’s Disability Rights Network (DRN) regarding a site review. PCPA has contacted DRN to request clarification regarding the extent of this review and will share that information once received.

ODP updates available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • Informational Memo #023-12: ODP ID Provider Handbook Updated and Now Available
  • Final Reminder: Announcement #012-12: Submission Deadline for Audited Financial Statements is March 31
  • State Center Staff Development Courses Calendars for April at Selinsgrove and Ebensburg Centers

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