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April 4, 2012

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released the following information, available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • Desk Review Procedures for Transportation Providers AFS Submission due by April 30.
  • Informational Packet #025-12: Preparations for the Fiscal Year 2012/13 ISP Renewal Period: Action Required. Guidance for AEs, SCOs, and direct service providers during the ISP renewal period. The estimated 2012/13 waiver rates are expected to be viewable in HCSIS by the end of May.
  • Announcement #026-12: ODP Outcomes Trainings: Frequently Asked Questions Now Available. These responses reflect ODP current policies and practices. After July 1 when CMS approves the wavier renewal applications, some ODP business practices may change.

PCPA member Paul Stanalonis has shared a copy of the ODP Desk Review Tool that AEs will use to evaluate the Audited Financial Statement Report for Year 4 (2010/11). If you would like a copy, please let Linda Drummond know.

Members are encouraged to share concerns and recommendations regarding serving individuals who are dually diagnosed. What resources, curriculum topics, assessment tools, and trainings do you recommend as ODP and OMHSAS develop this joint initiative? Please share this information with Linda Drummond.

The Temple University Institute on Disabilities has developed a video series, “Visionary Voices,” which is a history of the intellectual disability movement in Pennsylvania. Over the years the state has been a leader in the creation of public policy that changed how people live in the community. This included the right to special education, closing of institutions, and moving toward self-determination. Visionary Voices is available at http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/voices/.

An April 1 PhillyBurbs.com article regarding the proposed cuts to human services noted the following: State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo called Gov. Tom Corbett’s plans to cut 20 percent from human services development “unacceptable” and said placing seven budget line items into one block grant would be a “disaster all across Pennsylvania and here in Bucks County.”

Senate Democrats, led by Appropriations Chair Senator Vincent Hughes, have released their 2013 budget proposal, which includes $168 million for restoration of the 20 percent cuts in the proposed Human Services Development Fund county block grants. The Senator is looking for feedback on the Democrats proposed budget at www.senatorhughes.com.

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