RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Update
September 26, 2011

Last week’s Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Medical Assistance Advisory Committee had a representative from the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) report on policies and policy revisions under development. These include the vacancy policy, residential ineligible use allowance, discharge planning for providers that can no longer continue services to an individual, and the definition of a private home that is not subject to licensure.  

PCPA’s September 20 IDD Committee included a presentation by attorney Kevin Scott from Rhoads Sinon, LLP regarding “Special Needs Trusts, Wills and Estate Administration Issues.” A copy of this presentation is available from Linda Drummond. The Arc (www.thearc.org) has a publication available as a reference guide for anyone administering a special needs trust, “Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees.”

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has a new book to offer insights into the ethical, medical, and legal issues in end-of-life care. End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (http://bookstore.aaidd.org) provides information for professionals and families to make decisions that respect the wishes of the individual with disabilities.

ODP Updates, available at www.odpconsulting.net:

  • Announcement #118-11: Reflecting on Our Own Support Networks Resource for College of Direct Support Learners.
  • Announcement #119-11: Shared Living Request for Information Consumer and Family Forum Originally Scheduled for September 29 (See #125-11 for rescheduling information).
  • Announcement #120-11: ODP Introductory Cost Report Training Presentation Materials and User Account Request Form.
  • Announcement #121-11: AE Annual Quality Management Plans Priorities for Calendar Year 2012.
  • Announcement #122-11: Pennsylvania’s Outcomes Training. Required trainings for AEs and SCOs. Direct service providers are encouraged to attend.
  • Announcement #123-11: Training Schedule: State Center Transition Planning, Person Centered Planning to Create Community Partnerships. Training for AE’s, county programs, SCOs, and state centers participating in transitioning residents to the community to comply with the settlement agreement in Benjamin v. Alexander.
  • Announcement #125-11: Shared Living Request for Information Date Change for Consumer and Family Forum. The forum is rescheduled for October 6 at the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg. Due date for comments on the request for information has been extended to October 7.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  issued an informational bulletin September 16 that provides clarification on existing CMS guidance on development and implementation of 1915(c) waivers regarding employment and employment related services. This bulletin highlights opportunities available to use waiver supports to increased employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  The theme is “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities.” Efforts will focus on improving employment opportunities leading to good jobs and increasing awareness of the contributions of workers with disabilities. Posters are available at www.dol.gov. In recognition, Cornell University is holding a free webcast featuring Kathleen Martinez, Assistant US Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy on October 12 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Details are available at www.disability.gov/employment/news_%26_events.


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