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IDD Updates
September 26, 2013

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

  • Announcement #081-13: Harry M. Settlement Agreement Provider Survey is Now Available. This federal lawsuit was approved in August and the settlement agreement is to ensure that Pennsylvanian’s who are deaf and have intellectual disability and are enrolled in the ODP Consolidated Wavier are provided with specialized services based on the assessed need. Providers are requested to complete the online survey by October 11.
  • Anouncement Memo #082-13: Harry M. Settlement Agreement Supports Coordination Organization (SCO) Survey is Now Available; SCOS are requested to complete this survey by October 11 to assist in identifying individuals who are deaf with intellectual disability and are in the Consolidated Waiver or on the emergency waiting list.
  • Ebensburg State Center Staff Development Course Calendar for October 2013; No trainings are being offered to the public at the other centers.

“Creativity Without Limits”
Organized by the Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, “Creativity Without Limits” is a Capitol Art Display in the East Wing Rotunda during the month of October.  The opening reception and press conference is October 3 at 11:00 a.m. ODP Deputy Secretary Lokuta will be speaking.

SCO Issue
At RCPA’s September Supports Coordination Organizations (SCO) Subcommittee meeting, ODP staff discussed incident management. ODP was asked to provide clarification regarding the circumstances related to an incident report filed by an SCO and when this is a billable or non-billable activity. ODP’s response:

All SC incident management functions including the filing of an incident report are considered billable activities.  Activities described in §6000.913 (d) of the Incident Management Statement of Policy are not considered billable activities by an SC as well as any other function that is the responsibility of the County/Administrative Entity. 

§6000.913 (d) states “in some circumstances, county mental retardation program staff may be required to report incidents. County staff are to report deaths and incidents of alleged abuse or neglect when a provider or supports coordinator relationship does not currently exist, or in circumstances when the process for reporting or investigating incidents, described in this subchapter, for providers or support coordination entities compromises objectivity.

Long Term Care Commission
The federal Long Term Care Commission released its report to Congress, which includes 28 recommendations. Some commission members did not vote in favor of the report and issued alternative recommendations. No congressional action has been taken at this time.

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