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IDD Updates - Week of April 9, 2012
April 12, 2012

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) released a Health Alert on Clostridium Difficile infections.

A HCSIS Project Update highlights a Crisis Event BAS screen for incident reports, issues with incidents for children in mental health/intellectual disability placements, out-of-state placements or private placements, and an SCO waiver claims reprocessing reminder.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News has published several articles addressing Department of Public Welfare (DPW) funding decisions.

  • Editorial: “A poor excuse: DPW’s get tough policy lacks compassion”
  • April 12: “PA budget cuts, policy changes are ravaging services, disability advocates say”

Free webinars that may be of interest:

  • April 25, 3:00 p.m. Ticket to Work: Support Services for People Who have a Disability and Are Ready to Work. Provided by Social Security’s National Work Incentives. Details at www.choosework.net/wise.
  • April 25, 6:30 p.m. Apple Mobile Devices & Autism. Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism.

On April 23 PCPA is hosting a Southwest Regional Meeting in Bedford, addressing “DPW Audit and Compliance Issues for Providers.” To register access the Meetings page from the PCPA web site.

April 10, 2012

PCPA member Youth Advocate Programs is hosting a series of Wednesday webinars in April, beginning at 12:00 p.m., and coinciding with April being Autism Awareness Month. For details on the webinars access http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=cpyakreab&oeidk=a07e5mhxte0f11021f2

Office of Developmental Programs (OD)P Announcement #027-12: Data Warehouse Webcasts Now Available. Provides information on how to use the data warehouse and reviews types of data available.  

The AAIDD bookstore has available, Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports (11th edition). Details on ordering available at http://bookstore.aaidd.org.

The next IDD Committee Meeting is Wednesday, June 13 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey.  New ODP Fiscal Director Deb Donahue has been invited. Confirmed is Southeast ODP Regional Manager Vicki Stillman-Toomey, who will discuss recommendations from the work group addressing risk and liability on “Elimination of Unnecessary 1:1 Staffing.”

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