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IDD Updates - Week of May 5, 2014
May 9, 2014

PADES Proposals
The Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities has extended the deadline for presentation proposals at the September 8 – 10 Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit (PADES). This summit addresses health care, employment, education, transportation and housing for people with disabilities. The planning team is interested in proposals that address the needs of the following groups:

  • Blind and visually impaired,
  • Deaf and hard of hearing, and
  • Those with mental health issues

The new deadline for proposals is May 23 at 5:00 p.m. The proposal application is available at www.padesummit.org.

ODP Updates
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released the following information.

  • Announcement #029-14: SC Times Newsletter for Spring 2014. Contains information relevant to supports coordinators.
  • Announcement #030-14: Second Waiver Amendments Submitted to CMS for ODP Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers. Consolidated waiver amendments include increased reserve capacity for unanticipated emergencies and for those being served by the waiting list initiative. These amendments have not yet been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Informational Memo #031-14: Eliminated Requirement for Provider and County Incident Management Analysis Reports. ODP is eliminating the requirement to complete and submit the Incident Management Analysis Report that was required on the semi-annual schedule and rescinds the requirements to complete and submit the provider Incident Management Quarterly Reports and the County IM Report. 

May 6, 2014

RCPA Committee Meetings
The agenda and registration for the June 5 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee, Supports Coordination Organizations Subcommittee, and Vocational Rehabilitation Subcommittee have been released and are available from the RCPA web site.

At the IDD Committee meeting a presentation on the state’s Balancing Incentives Program will provide an overview of this cooperative effort between the Departments of Public Welfare (DPW) and Aging. The application has been submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is available for review from the link above. If approved, these revisions will provide the state with an additional two percent of federal Medicaid matching funding, totaling $94 million. Components of these changes include: no wrong door entry into the systems, a core standardized assessment, and conflict-free case management.

Representative Thomas Murt and Office of Developmental Programs Acting Deputy Secretary Dolores Frantz will also be participating in the meeting. Please share in advance questions, issues, concerns, and topics for discussion. Send these to Linda Drummond

Adult Protective Services
The Pennsylvania Training Partnership through the Temple University Institute on Disabilities held a webinar regarding the Adult Protective Services law and the service system that DPW is developing. A recording of the webcast is available.

Older Americans Month
May is recognized nationally as “Older Americans Month” through a Presidential proclamation.  The theme for 2014 is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow” to address injury prevention.

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