RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Updates - Week of June 25, 2012
June 29, 2012

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released the following information, available at www.odpconsulting.net. These items have a July 1 effective date.

  • Informational Packet #055-12: Waiver Renewal Implementation: ODP Approval of Residential Services Locations and Approved Program Capacity. Qualified licensed and unlicensed waiver residential habilitation providers will no longer obtain prior approval from AEs for a waiver residential habilitation service location. Providers will request and obtain an approval/denial from ODP. Residential habilitation service locations must be integrated and dispersed in the community in noncontiguous locations.
  • Informational Memo #056-12: Waiver Renewal Implementation ISP Development Process. No Service Definition bulletin will be issued for 2012/13. Service definitions will only be located in the ISP Manual and the approved waivers (posted on www.dpw.state.pa.us). Residential habilitation criteria and review process requires Supports Coordinators to offer Lifesharing as the first residential option and this review must be done every six months. Backup plans to ensure each authorized service is delivered in the amount and frequency must be documented in the ISP. Changes have been made to identify where Supports Coordinators are required to document various activities to meet waiver requirements.
  • Announcement #057-12: Renewal of Intellectual Disability Waivers Effective July 1, 0212: An Overview Webcast Now Available. This is open to all providers, families, individuals and is a required training for Supports Coordinators and AEs. This is a high-level overview of the changes to the waivers that will be effective July 1. Many of these changes are included in ODP's Chapter 51 Home and Community Based Services Regulations published in the June 9 Pennsylvania Bulletin.

June 27, 2012

PCPA is closely following the state budget negotiations as they unfold over the next few days. Watch for Legislative Alerts and Infos with details as they develop.

Some news reports received indicate that the Human Services Development Fund Block Grant will not be implemented as initially indicated in the governor’s proposed budget. A Capitolwire news release included a brief overview of the current proposed budget spreadsheet.  A quick review of the spreadsheets related to intellectual disability services indicate:

  • $15.3 million (9.2 percent) reduction in community intellectual disability base service funding for a total spending of $151.2 million,
  • $1.5 million (10 percent) reduction in Human Services Development Fund, and
  • Community intellectual disability waiver services increase of $65 million (7.6 percent) which includes a Waiting List Initiative.

Remember this is all in negotiations and nothing is finalized.

Representative Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) coordinated a Press Conference at the Capitol Rotunda on June 25 to address opposition to the county-based block grant program. PCPA Legislative Affairs Director Anne Leisure spoke regarding provider concerns in moving to this grant which has not been tested through pilot programs. 

The June 25 update below included information to access the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) newly approved waivers. ODP will not issue new service definition bulletins. but will include these definitions in the revised Individual Support Plans bulletin/manual.

ODP updates available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • Informational Packet #053-12: Right to be Free from Abuse –Notification Handout. Supports Coordinators are responsible to explain annually to persons receiving services their right to be free from abuse and to report any abuse.
  • Announcement #054-12: New Template for Waiver Renewal Implementation Communications. ODP will provide training for some elements of the renewed waiver implementation for providers, supports coordinators and supervisors, SCOs, and Administrative Entities.
  • ODP State Center development courses calendar for White Haven and Ebensburg Centers are available for July.

June 25, 2012

Governor Corbett is holding a press conference at 2:30 p.m. June 25 to highlight his views on the importance of passing the Human Services Block Grant. PCPA has repeatedly stated its opposition to the block grant and the proposed budget cuts. At 3:30 p.m. the Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability and Autism Coalition, in cooperation with Representative Gene DiGirolamo, will hold a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda. PCPA’s Legislative Affairs Director Anne Leisure will speak on behalf of our association.

June 22 was the anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court decision that determined that unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The US Department of Justice has been involved in more than 40 Olmstead issues in 25 states over the past three years. The department has a web site dedicated to Olmstead enforcement (www.ada.gov/olmstead/).

ICF/ID Task Force
The June 12 Office of Developmental Programs’ Intermediate Care Facilities for Intellectually Disabled (ICF/ID) Task Force meeting included updates regarding cost reports, waiver conversion, Act 22 Chapter 6211 ICF/ID regulations changes, day program billing, and licensing and Certification and Licensing System (CLS) in HCSIS. ICFs/ID will continue to complete cost reports and be paid based on these cost reports as long as ODP continues with a cost report system. Providers may convert from ICF to community waiver. That conversion must be received at ODP by July 15.

ODP Announcement #052-12: Approved ODP Waiver Renewals Effective July 1, 2012 is available at www.odpconsulting.net.

Medical Assistance Bulletin: Provider Preventable Conditions. This bulletin applies to providers of service to Medicaid recipients enrolled in the Fee-For-Service delivery system including ACCESS Plus; These would include ICF/ID and ICF/ORC paid under the perspective per diem system.

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