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IDD Updates - Week of June 9, 2014
June 12, 2014

New ODP Deputy Secretary
It has been unofficially confirmed that Steve Suroviec has been appointed as the new Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) deputy secretary effective July 1. RCPA staff has worked with Suroviec on a variety of work groups such as the Intellectual Disability and Autism Coalition and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Supported Employment Policy Committee. He is currently the director of the OVR and prior to that was executive director at The Arc of Pennsylvania. RCPA has contacted him to schedule future meetings to develop a cooperative working relationship.

Licensing Clarification Regarding Older Adults Protective Services
The Bureau of Human Services Licensing (BHSL) has released clarification regarding requirements of the Older Adult Protective Services Act (OAPSA) for licensed facilities serving individuals with intellectual disabilities. This includes Chapter 6400-licensed Community Homes Chapter 6500 Family Living Homes, Chapter 2380 Adult Training Facilities, and Chapter 2390 Vocational Facilities.

OAPSA requirements supersede any criminal history check and hiring policy criteria in the applicable regulatory chapter and corresponding licensing inspection instrument. A copy of the OAPSA regulations list of prohibited hiring offenses is available. A criminal background check self-study course is also available. Questions may be directed to the BHSL Provider Support Hotline (866-503-3926 or ra-pwaralheadquaraters@state.pa.us).

June 11, 2014

RCPA Capitol Day
RCPA Capitol Day is June 17 in Harrisburg. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. The press conference and rally with legislators is at 11:30 a.m. on the Main Capitol Steps. Please schedule visits with legislators and register here.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives budget debate will begin the week of June 16. On June 6, House Appropriations Chairman Adolph introduced HB 2328, identical to the 2013/14 budget, as the starting point for discussion. In February, Governor Corbett introduced a 2014/15 budget proposal of $29.4 billion. However, due to reported decrease in state revenues, last week Corbett presented to Republican party members a budget plan of $28.3 billion; a $1.1 billion reduction.

Representative Tom Murt, who attended the June RCPA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Committee meeting will be one of the legislators speaking at the press conference.

Licensing Update
The Bureau of Human Services Licensing and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) are working together regarding review of geographic locations for self-inspection for amended licensing. The goal is to have the provider enter the certification in HCSIS and the Certification and Licensing System (CLS) on the same day, which will allow the amended license to be generated within 14 days.

ODP Updates

  • Announcement #033-14: ODP Deaf Services Overview: Required Training for Provider Administrators/Agencies and Staff.
  • Informational Memo #034-14: Adult Protective Services Contact Persons and Upcoming Networking Calls. Calls are scheduled June 25, July 30, August 27, and September 24.
  • Sonya Hipple, ODP, has provided information requested at the June RCPA Supports Coordination Organizations Subcommittee meeting regarding provider monitoring:
    • The Provider Monitoring Tool does not currently look at how providers respond to issues.
    • Question 28 of the tool asks if the provider has a protocol for the creation and implementation of its back-up plan. In ODP’s upcoming review of the monitoring tool this issue will be discussed regarding guidelines and protocol on how the provider will give the back-up plan to the individual and supports coordinator.

Autism Reauthorization Act
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee will be reviewing the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act. This committee will address an amendment to HR 4631. The amendment would create a new autism position at the Department of Health and Human Services and study the needs of children with autism as they transition to adult services.

Free Webinars
June 19, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Medicaid 1115 Waivers: How Are They Transforming the Health System?

June 20, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Implementation of the Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule: Sponsored by the National Council on Aging’s Friday Morning Collaborative, a coalition of national aging and disability organizations.

June 23, 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Navigating the Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Systems

June 25, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Most Common Medical Problems in Specialized Care for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

July 2, 2:00 p.m. Including Disability in State and Local Offices of Emergency Management The webinar will focus on those with first-hand experience with getting the disability voice included at the state, regional. and city level.. 

July 9, 2:00- 3:00 p.m. When in Doubt, Rule It Out: Medical Problems and Aggressive Behaviors of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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