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IDD Updates - Week of July 1, 2013
July 3, 2013

The Office of Developmental Programs has released Announcement #053-13: Waiver Direct Service Provider Audit Requirements for FY 2012/13 Reporting Period. The document provides detail on the specifics of the audit requirements.

The Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee, which held its kick-off in June, is conducting public comment sessions across the state. Individuals interested in submitting comments and recommendations to this committee may do so either in person or in writing. The announcement provides dates, locations and details. At the June kick-off, RCPA Policy Specialist Linda Drummond addressed the committee with the need to include the intellectual and developmental disability system’s aging population’s needs in their recommendations.

A free webinar for agencies moving staff to telecommuting and mobile workforces is being offered August 14 by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. Details and registration are available.

Supports Coordination Questions/Recommendations
Several Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs) have asked for input from other SCO members regarding the following issues. Please send responses to Linda Drummond to forward:

  1. ODP Memo #107-12 regarding quality management plans states that SCOs must work together with the lead Administrative Entity (AE) to identify opportunities for improvement and the development, implementation, and evaluation of the QM plan and supporting action plans. How are SCOs handling multi-county requests to have different QM plans rather than just the lead AE?
  2. Has your SCO moved to electronic medical records for SC and early intervention services? If yes, please share which records package was selected and how is it working.

July 2, 2013

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

  • Announcement #050-13: Now Available SC Times Newsletter for Spring/Summer 2013.
  • Announcement #051-13: Availability of ODP Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waiver Amendments Effective July 1, 2012, approved by CMS. ODP requested changes to both waivers in May which CMS has approved retroactive to July 1, 2012.
  • Announcement #052-13: Understanding Incident Management Course Now Available. This two-credit hour course is required for supports coordinators and supervisors for the 2013 calendar year and is open to service providers, counties. and all interested parties  
  • Positive practices videoconference on July 17 from three PaTTAN locations across the state. Details are available here or by calling Jeffrey Wheeler at 800-446-5607.
  • ODP Futures Planning web site and methods for submitting comments is available. Policy Specialist Linda Drummond is part of this committee and seeks member input into the direction of the ODP system over the next 10 years.

2013 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week will be recognized nationally September 8 – 14. The President and US Senate will be asked to recognize this with official proclamations. RCPA will ask Governor Corbett for a proclamation, provide members with sample proclamations for use with local officials, and share information to assist in community awareness of the importance of direct support staff. Watch for details.

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