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IDD Update #09-06: ODP Check Reissue, Adult Community Autism Program Expansion, H1N1 Toolkit, Alliance for Full Participation, State of the States, DRN Litigation, ODP Employment Committee, DPW Money Follows the Person
September 28, 2009

ODP Check Reissue
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has developed a procedure for agencies requesting a check reissue or a copy of a cashed check. The request must be on agency letterhead with information on the action beginning requested, include a copy of the Remittance Advice (RA) Summary page, and emailed (RA-PROMISeCheckStop@state.pa.us), mailed (Exceptions Processing Unit, Attention: Byron, 9th Fl, 555 Walnut St, Harrisburg, PA 17101), or faxed (717-425-6572) to the Comptroller’s Office.

ACAP
The state’s Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) is expanding and now accepting applications from individuals in Chester County. ACAP will serve 200 individuals who live in Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster, and Chester counties. Keystone Autism Services operates the ACAP program. Individuals or families may request an application by calling 866-539-7689 and general information is available at ra-acap@state.pa.us.

H1N1 Toolkit
The US Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have prepared several toolkits for planning for the upcoming flu season. Preparing for the Flu and Toolkit for Businesses and Employers are available at www.disability.gov.

Alliance for Full Participation
The Alliance for Full Participation is a formal partnership of national organizations serving the developmental disabilities field and includes ANCOR, of which PCPA is a member. The alliance has announced a new campaign, Real Jobs-It’s Everybody’s Business.  The goal of this initiative is to double the employment rates for people with disabilities by 2015. The employment rate for most American’s is 79.7 percent while the employment rate for people with developmental disabilities is only 22 percent. The effort to increase employment will be lead by a team of stakeholders in each state. Each state team will be supported by a series of interactive webinars, informative newsletters, and provided a toolkit for community meetings. Information is available at www.allianceforfullparticipation.org.

State of the States
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ bookstore has available the latest edition of The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities. This publication offers an overview of each state’s trends in revenue and spending on developmental disability programs and services. Analyses and statistics include such issues as national trends in spending on institutional versus community services, numbers of persons living in nursing facilities, recent federal initiatives, waiting lists and litigation in each state; and rise in aging caregivers and increased longevity for persons being served. Information is available at https://bookstore.aaidd.org.

DRN Litigation
The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) has announced a federal court ruling regarding accessibility on public transportation. The six years of litigation held that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the public transit agency in the Philadelphia area, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act by failing to install elevators when it made alterations at two main rail stations in center city Philadelphia. The opinion in the case, Disabled in Action v. SEPTA, is available at www.drnpa.org.

ODP Employment Committee
The Office of Developmental Program’s Quality Improvement Employment Committee is addressing a variety of issues related to helping individuals with intellectual disabilities find supported and competitive employment in their local communities. The Administrative Entities will be collecting data regarding the employment status of individuals.

The Department of Public Welfare’s (DPW) federally-funded Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, coordinated by AHEDD, has issued a request for applications to develop “Beacons of Employment Excellence” with community organizations. This project will also develop a strategic employment plan for the state using focus groups, emphasize staff development and system improvement, develop a business leadership network, disseminate mini-grants to promote the use of the train-the-trainer model, and a public relations campaign called Works for Me. Work incentive programs include Ticket to Work, Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program, and Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities.

DPW Money Follows the Person
The DPW Money Follows the Person project provides an opportunity for individuals to move from an institution (nursing home, intermediate care facility, or state mental health or mental retardation center) into the community with services and supports to ensure their health and safety. A video has been developed to provide information regarding program benefits. The DVD includes vignettes of persons who have successfully transitioned into the community. Free copies are available from Jamie Buchenauer, Money Follows the Person policy specialist, jbuchenaue@state.pa.us.

An integral component for implementation is the availability of community housing for individual’s transitioning from nursing homes, state mental health centers, and state mental retardation centers. The Housing and Urban Development Department has announced the release of $95 million in federal recovery act grants to improve public housing for seniors and persons with disabilities. The Public Housing Capital funds will help make necessary modifications to existing public housing units to make them fully accessible or to convert them to be used as space for support service provisions for these specific populations. A copy of the September 24 press release is available at www.hud.gov.

 

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