RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Updates - Week of August 26, 2013
August 30, 3013

Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Updates

  • Announcement #067-13: OCS Help Desk Enhancements. To implement enhancements, the help desk web login feature will not be available from August 29 through September 2.
  • Informational Memo #068-13: ISP Review of Services Documentation Requests. ODP may require more information needed for ISP reviews. This supplemental service documentation may be on HCSIS, in the ISP checklist or a separate file.

Building Bridges Conference
The registration deadline is September 6 for the 2013 Aging/Intellectual Disability Cross-Systems Conference: Building Bridges September 17 – 18 at the Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill.

Regional Trainings
Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care is offering training on September 17 in Philadelphia. End of Life Planning is at 10:00 a.m. and Target Symptoms of Mental Illness vs. Behaviors is at 1:00 p.m.

Section 503 Rehabilitation Act
The US Department of Labor issued a final rule changing regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The amendment prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against persons with disabilities. It established a nationwide seven percent utilization goal for the employment of qualified individuals.


August 28, 2013

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Bureau of Human Services Licensing has released the Licensing Reference Manual for Personal Care Home, Assisted Living, Child Residential, Intellectual Disability, and Mental Health Service Providers and the Incident Reporting Form, effective September 1. Licensed providers are required to report all cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or exploitation to DPW based on the Adult Protective Services Act.

Effective September 3, the Social Security Administration has issued a final rule to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in its listings of impairments.

The Office of Developmental Program’s has released Announcement #066-13: AE Oversight Monitoring Cycle 5. Information is available in Administrative Entity (AE) oversight monitoring course in the AE Information Center.

August 27, 2013

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released Bulletin #00-13-04, Crosswalk Between ODP Cost Center Codes and Human Services Block Grant Cost Center Codes. Information provided is for county intellectual disability programs to complete required reports for FY 2012/13.

On August 26 ODP conducted a webinar, “Vacancy Exception Request Form Training,” related to the process provided with Informational Memo #003-13: Vacancy Factor and Vacancy Exception Process. (In accordance with PA Code Title 55, Section 51.98, ODP will consider a request for an exception to the vacancy factor when the provider’s total occupancy for all waiver residential locations falls below 97 percent. Details and the side deck for the webinar will be posted in the next few days on www.odpconsulting.net.

Free webinar September 10, 1:00 pm. “Communities Growing through Direct Support Professionals” in recognition of Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. Register online.  

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