RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Updates - Week of August 20, 2012
August 23, 2012

Remember to register for PCPA’s September 18 IDD Committee meeting and, for supports coordinators, the SCO Subcommittee meeting.

There are two exciting conferences which currently have open registration. Don’t miss PCPA’s Conference on October 9 - 12, Catch the Wave, which celebrates our 40th year. There are many wonderful sessions to attend. The Joint Aging/ID Cross-Systems Conference, Building Bridges, is September 5 - 6 in Camp Hill and there is still time to register. As a member of this joint committee, Linda Drummond has coordinated sessions on “Compassion Fatigue for Caregivers” and “Assistive Technology and Smart Homes.”

The Direct Care Alliance for direct care workers has developed a factsheet providing an overview of the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on these staff.

Governor Corbett staff changes:

  • DPW Executive Deputy Secretary Tim Costa is leaving for new job at Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney’s governmental relations office in Washington, DC.
  • Legislative Affairs Secretary Annmarie Kaiser is moving to the Gaming Control Board.

ODP has issued the following updates available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • Announcement #071-12: Year 5 Cost Report Training Dates for Waiver Direct Service Provider Staff
  • Announcement #072-12: Waiver Renewal Implementation: Summary of Changes to the Annual Qualification for Supports Coordination Organizations. (SCOs please Linda Drummond know of issues with these changes: linda@paproviders.org).
  • Announcement #073-12: AWC Satisfaction Survey
  • Announcement #074-12: 2012 ODP Required Training for Supports Coordinators and SC Supervisors. ODP providing 15 hours of ODP required SC training. The remaining 25 hours of required training may be obtained through professional development online trainings from the SC Curriculum website

Please let Linda Drummond know the impact of the ODP 2012/13 fee schedule and rates on agency services. Are you considering closing any programs? How are you handling services where fees have been reduced?

SCOs, please let Ms. Drummond know the impact of the fee schedule regarding changes made regarding how your agency provides supports coordination, such as moving to a mobile workforce. What issues have occurred with these changes?


August 20, 2012

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) offers downloadable posters, publications, and other resources to assist agencies in recognition of this month. This year’s theme is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can You Do?” Resources and information are available at http://promotions.usa.gov/odep.html.

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council has released its Request for Proposals book available at www.paddc.org under the “funding” tab. This publication provides detail on types of grants available for fiscal years 2012 – 2016. Proposals are welcome from non-profit, for-profit, and all groups which show they are qualified to conduct the activities described.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released the following information available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • Informational Memo #068-12: Waiver Renewal Implementation: Provider Qualifications: Revisions to the Provider Qualification Process During Fiscal Year 2012-13.; Provides explanation of the process of moving from an annual to biennial qualification process. This change does not apply to qualification of SCOs, Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent FMS providers, or providers that render only base-funded services.
  • Announcement #069-12: Professional Development Webcasts Now Available: Dental Health for Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Announcement #070-12: New Webcast Available on Provider Information Center. The webcast explains the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation systems, services, policies, and procedures.

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