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IDD Update
August 23, 2011

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released Announcement #111-11: ODP Year 4 Cost Report Instructions and Excel Template for Waiver Direct Service Provider Staff and Upcoming Training Dates. This information is for waiver direct service provider staff that have a role in completing the cost reports and AE staff who have a role in desk reviewing the cost reports. Year 4 (FY 2012/13) uses cost information from FY 2010/11. Announcement #109-11 provided information on the web-based training session to be held on September 7, 19, 20.

ODP’s state center staff development course calendar for September at Ebensburg Center is available at www.odpconsulting.net. Any questions may be directed to Roxanne Mayfield (rmayfield@pa.gov).

PCPA has confirmed for its September 20 IDD Committee Meeting and for the ODP session at cConference on October 12, the participation of ODP Deputy Secretary Kevin Friel, Interim CFO John Cox, and Bureau Chief Patty McCool. These are excellent opportunities for open discussion with ODP. Please share with Linda Drummond specific questions you would like addressed or for discussion. The September 20 meeting will also feature: Legal Issues: Special Needs Trusts and Wills with Attorney Kevin Scott, Partner, Rhoads Sinon, LLP, Harrisburg. The first part of the presentation regards the need for families to establish Special Needs Trusts for their children (young and old) to protect them from losing federal and state Medicaid benefits. This information will be helpful to SCOs. The second part of the presentation will focus on the need for a will for everyone and for those consumers who do not have a will, how the provider legally disseminates their possessions/assets. The IDD Committee RSVP deadline is September 13, please follow the directions on the August 17 meeting announcement to register.

Linda Drummond represents PCPA and its members on the Department of Public Welfare and Department of Aging’s Joint Committee on Aging and Intellectual Disability. This committee coordinates the annual Building Bridges Conference, which this year is September 20 - 21. Please share suggestions for speakers, topics, and issues as work begins on the 2012 conference.

PCPA’s Central Region Meeting on September 13 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. will focus on Legislative Advocacy: Making Yourself Heard. Details are available from the link. Attendance is limited to PCPA members. Members located in other regions may also attend as space allows. Contact Jen Bankard for additional information.

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

  • Announcement #110-11: Pennsylvania Alliance for Full Participation. Membership is being recruited for subcommittees as part of the Alliance’s goals.
  • Letter on Incident Management and information on actions taken to document the IM report in HCSIS
  • IM4Q committee’s announcements for August; trainings for SCOs and AEs, IM4Q roles in HCSIS, and IM4Q Survey Pilot on Transition for 2011-12.

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