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IDD Update
July 18, 2013

The Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Human Services Licensing has issued clarification regarding procedures for self-Inspection of Chapter 6400 and 6500 licensed homes. On January 15, 2013, the Department began to permit providers licensed pursuant to 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6400 (relating to community homes for people with intellectual disability) and 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6500 (family living homes) to self-inspect new homes in lieu of an inspection conducted by the Department of Public Welfare. An overview of those procedures is available. Please be advised that the new homes may not be occupied until the provider receives formal notice from the department that the new home has been added to the license. Simply submitting the self-inspection tool does not permit the home to be occupied. In most cases, very little time elapses between submission of the self-inspection tool and receipt of approval. Any questions may be directed to RA-pwarlheadquarters@pa.gov.

Building Bridges Conference
The 2013 Aging/Intellectual Disability Cross-Systems Conference, “Building Bridges,” is September 17-18 at the Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill. The agenda and registration details are available online and in the conference brochure. Several sessions have been coordinated by RCPA Policy Specialist Linda Drummond, a member of the state’s Aging/Intellectual Disability Committee. Examples of session topics include:

  • Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Recovery Across the Lifespan: Current Best Practices in Dual Diagnosis,
  • Beyond Barriers: Assistive Technology Solutions for the Home, and
  • Reducing Microviolence in Everyday Lives.

ODP Information
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released a Health Alert, "Summer Heat Safety," to assist agencies and families with information on how to prevent heat related illnesses.

September 5 IDD Committee
RCPA’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee and Supports Coordination Organizations Subcommittee will meet September 5 at the Best Western Premier, Harrisburg. Details will be forthcoming when available. Invited guests for the IDD Committee include ODP Deputy Secretary Fred Lokuta, Bureau of Human Services Licensing Director Ron Melusky, and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Director Steve Suroviec. If members have questions and/or issues that they would like the state officials to address, please forward them to RCPA Policy Specialist Linda Drummond.

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