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May 29, 2014

SCO Subcommittee Agenda Revision
The June Supports Coordination Organizations (SCO) Subcommittee meeting agenda has been revised. The agenda and registration information is available. Please remember to register separately for each RCPA meeting you will attend. Lunches may be purchased in advance and will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. prior to the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee meeting.

IM4Q Annual Training
The focus of the Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Annual Statewide Training on July 23 – 24, is the four Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) initiatives of Communication, Lifesharing, Employment, and Transition. For the first time there will be three keynote presentations: Nancy Thaler, executive director; National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and former ODP Deputy Secretary under whom IM4Q was created and implemented; David Hingsburger, international disability consultant, Toronto, Canada; and a transition panel with Patty McCool, director, Bureau of Supports for People with Intellectual Disability, Steve Suroviec, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation executive director, and Pat Hozella, director, Bureau of Special Education.

Linda Drummond is a member of the planning committee and coordinated the following sessions:

  • Aging Caregivers, Dr. Charlene Lane, Shippensburg University and
  • Employer Perspective, Mike Kinger, Lowe’s Distribution Center.

Pre-registration may be completed online at or by telephone (215-204-1356). The registration fee is $70. Hotel reservations must be made by contacting the Harrisburg Hilton directly (717-233-6000). A block of rooms has been reserved for a special rate of $122 per night. Funds from this year may be used to pay for registration fees and to make deposits for hotel reservations.

Workforce Investment Act
A bipartisan group of US senators and representatives reached agreement regarding reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act. This bill, once passed, would reauthorize and update the current act including the Rehabilitation Act, which provides vocation services for people with disabilities. This would focus vocational rehabilitation services on competitive, integrated employment as the first option, particularly for youth transitioning from school to adult services. A one-page summary of House Resolution 803 is available and is a detailed summary developed by members of Congress and relevant committees.

Home and Community Services
A recent report prepared for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicaid Expenditures for Long-Term Services and Supports in FFY 2012, indicates that spending on home and community-based services has increased. Data indicates a 2.4 percent increase for community-based services while funding declined by 2.3 percent for institutions. 

US Supreme Court
In 2002, the US Supreme Court in Atkins v. Virginia determined that the death penalty for people with intellectual disability was in violation of the Constitution’s eighth amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. However, each state that had the death penalty option would need to determine the definition and pass its own law on this issue. In a recent 5-4 court ruling based on Florida’s strict intelligent quotient (IQ) cutoff for determining eligibility for the death penalty, it was determined that other evidence as well as IQ testing must be included in the state’s law.

Reinventing Quality 2014
Reinventing Quality, August 3 – 5, is a biennial conference showcasing best-practices in supports and services for people with disabilities. Disability professionals, people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and state and federal officials are invited to attend. The 2014 conference is a jointly hosted effort of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, Human Services Research Institute, University of Delaware National Leadership Consortium, American Network of Community Options and Resources, and American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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