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IDD Updates - Week of September 2, 2013
September 5, 2013

ODP Updates

  • Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Deputy Secretary Lokuta has issued an acknowledgement of the system’s direct support professionals in recognition of Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, September 8 - 14.
  • Informational Packet #071-13: Provider Payment for Start-up and Family Living Initiative. Procedure codes to support the requirements of 55 PA Code Chapter 51 Section .111 to promote Family Living/Lifesharing are:
    • W0085 – Startup fee for providers of residential habilitation
    • W1016 – Family Living/Lifesharing Initiative
    Attachment A consists of Instructions for completing the “start-up request form” to receive funds as a residential habilitation provide

September 4, 2013

ODP Futures Planning
The first public comment period for the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Futures Planning initiative closes on September 6. Please enter comments at the ODP Consulting web site and share a copy with Linda Drummond.

ODP has partnered with The Arc of Luzerne County and issued a “Call for Artists,” an initiative that is part of the “Vision of the Future” for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Persons with disabilities may submit photographic images of their personal vision of the future. This artwork will be displayed at the Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit October 24. All submissions will be compiled into a professionally printed art book. Deadline for submission is October 7.

Lifesharing Conference
ODP announces the 2013 Pennsylvania Lifesharing Conference, The Path to Excellence, at Millersville University October 17 – 18.

October is Disability Employment Month
The National Disability Employment Awareness Month is held each October. This year the Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Pennsylvania Sate Civil Service Commission are partnering to guide individuals with disabilities in their search for commonwealth employment. October 16 will be “Disability Employment Outreach Day” with presentations to learn about the state’s application, testing, hiring processes, and available accommodations.


September 3, 2013

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released the following information, which is also available at www.odpconsulting.net.

  • Informational Memo #069-13: Chapter 51 ODP Home and Community Based Services Regulation Questions and Answers. Information is only for intellectual disability services, not for autism services. Chapter 51 questions and answers based on numerical order of regulations.
  • Announcement #070-13: Vacancy Exception Request Form Training: Recording Posted to Provider Information Center

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