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IDD Update
July 3, 2014

OVR Innovation and Expansion Projects
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is developing innovation and expansion projects that target developmental of new strategies and programs currently not available in an OVR district office service area. These projects will target the expansion of employment services into rural and underserved counties, job readiness, and job placement for customers with significant disabilities. OVR anticipates potential contracts will be up to $150,000 for the initial project year. Eligible bidders are existing public and private entities that have the infrastructure, proven track record, and at least five years of demonstrated experience in providing rehabilitation services to those with the most significant disabilities. Bidders must also have an established relationship with the OVR district office.

To register for the invitation to quality (ITQ) begin by obtaining a vendor ID (SAP#). Request for quotes will be disseminated August 8. Questions on the ITQ process may be directed to Matt Fidler. Questions regarding the innovation and expansion projects may be directed to Chris Forbrich.

Protective Services
Implementation of the Adult Protective Services (APS) program includes centralizing the intake of all calls about abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 – 59. This is the same number as the Older Adults Protective Services (800-490-8505). Beginning July 1, APS calls will be directed to the local Area Agencies on Aging for initial intake. The Department of Public Welfare is currently in the process of procuring agencies to conduct APS investigations.

The following incidents must also be reported to law enforcement:

  • Sexual abuse,
  • Serious injury,
  • Serous bodily injury, and
  • Suspicious death.

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

  • DPW/L&I Bulletin #00-14-05: OVR Referral Process for Employment Services. Provides guidance on referrals to OVR for individuals enrolled in the ODP Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support, or Adult Autism waivers. Referrals to OVR continue to be required prior to authorizing waiver-supported employment services. Referrals are no longer required prior to authorizing waiver prevocational services and transitional work services.  
  • Announcement #042-14: SC Curriculum 2014 Required Training Service Notes: Part 2. Provides one credit hour and will be available until December 31.
  • Informational Memo #043-14: Fiscal Year 2014/15 Consolidated Waivers Proposed Modifier to Fee Schedule Rate for Enhanced Communication Services. Enhanced rates based on Harry M. settlement agreement to serve those who are deaf and intellectually disabled and enrolled in the Consolidated waiver.
  • Informational Memo #044-14: Agency with Choice Financial Management Services Organization Listing. This listing is not currently available on the HCSIS Services and Supports Directory. ODP requires each Administrative Entity to have a qualified Agency With Choice organization to provide these administrative services to waiver participants that chose to self-direct services.

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