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September 19, 2013

National Preparedness Month
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, information is available to assist in preparation and for those with disabilities in the event of an emergency such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, fire. The toolkit provides suggestions for outreach efforts. Additional information and resources such as an employer’s guide to include employees with disabilities in emergency evacuation plans, preparing the workforce for the needs of people with disabilities, and tips for first responders on dealing with disabilities are available at www.disability.gov.

ODP Updates
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has issued the following information.

  • Informational Memo #079-13: Provider Monitoring and Qualifications Information and Changes for Fiscal year 2013/14. Beginning in FY 2013/14 the Provider Monitoring Lead AE and Provider Qualification Qualifying AE will be the same. ODP will assign providers to AEs at the beginning of each provider monitoring cycle based on the AE in which the provider serves the most waiver participants.
  • Announcement #080-13: Harry M. Settlement Approved. The Harry M. class action lawsuit was filed against the Department of Public Welfare on behalf of all individuals who are deaf and enrolled in the Consolidated Waiver. ODP changes to comply with the settlement include identification of all persons who are deaf in the consolidated waiver and, within three months, ODP will hire a Deaf Service Coordinator.

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