RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Update #10-03: ODP Updates, Employment Issues and Conferences, Postsecondary Programs Assistance, Acquired Brain Injury Manual, Upcoming Conferences
April 27, 2010

ODP Updates
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released a variety of information relevant to direct service providers and supports coordination organizations (SCOs). The information is available at www.odpconsulting.net and includes:

  • Announcement #045-10: Release of Supports Coordinators Times Newsletter;
  • Informational Packet #046-10: Preparations for the 2010-2011 ISP Fiscal Year Renewal Process: Actions;
  • Informational Memo #049-10: Individual Purchases and Item Storage related to individuals living in residential settings who voluntarily choose to make purchases for items such as food, snacks, beverages, and personal items;
  • Announcement #051-10: ODP Year 2 Cost Report and Desk Review Debrief Town Hall Presentations (audio replay links are available);
  • Alert #052-10: Impact of Provider Qualification in HCSIS on Fiscal Year Renewal ISPs;
  • Announcement #055-10 addressing the questions submitted by providers at the March waiver direct service provider town hall;
  • Announcement #057-10:Guide to Online Resources and Supports Provided by ODP;
  • Informational Memo #058-10: Additions to ODP FY 2010-11 Fee Schedule Services, includes the current 16 fee schedule list of services and adds three more (Older Adult Day, Supplemental Habilitation, Additional Individualized Staffing); and
  • Announcement #059-10: Supports Coordinator and SC Supervisor More Courses Available ODP Professional Development.

ODP Bulletins and Drafts
There are several draft bulletins available for public comment until May 12. Responses should be sent to ra-odpcomment@state.pa.us on:

  • Wavier Capacity Commitment and
  • Provider Monitoring.

Recently released finalized bulletins include the following:

  • Joint bulletin with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) – OMHSAS #10-01 Medication Prescribing Practices of CRNPs in Mental Health and Mental Retardation Programs addresses change in practice/policy regarding Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) and their ability to prescribe medications.
  • ODP Bulletin #00-10-01 Medical Assistance Program Fee Schedule for Selected Services in the Waivers and Base Program: Correction. This bulletin corrects the fee schedule tables implemented July 1, 2009 as ODP Bulletin #00-09-10 (which is now obsolete).
  • Bulletin #00-10-02 Quality Management Strategy of the Office of Developmental Programs. This strategy was developed to ensure program compliance with regulations, to safeguard the health and safety of individuals receiving services, implement promising practices, and offer the highest quality services that promote choice.

Employment Issues
ODP providers a monthly Employment Update and maintains an Employment Committee addressing employment and job coaching options for individuals with intellectual disabilities.PCPA is a member of the committee. Persons interested in receiving the monthly update may send a request to Carmen Donegan (cdonegan@state.pa.us). Highlights include:

  • 11th Employment Supports Symposium and Pennsylvania Conference for People with Disabilities: Moving Employment Forward: Building Employer Relationships, June 1-4, Philadelphia. Registration information available at www.networksfortraining.org.
  • Edinboro University Disabilities Conference: Transition, Independence, and Empowerment, August 5-6. Tracks will be available for educators and community service providers. Details available soon at www.edinboro.edu/empowerment.
  • Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) article Supporting Work for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders is available at www.apse.org.

Postsecondary Funding
The Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund offers financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome who want to enroll in postsecondary programs or take classes that will assist in employment, independent living, and life skills. The application is available through the National Down Syndrome Society (www.ndss.org) and the deadline to apply is July 16.

Brain Injury Training Manual
The Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania has released their new manual, Building a New Life After Brain Injury: A Peer to Peer Training, available at www.abin-pa.org. Directed to survivors, families, and friends, the manual will help understand the changes in thinking, behavior, and function after a brain injury and how to promote repair of the brain and work toward recovery.

Upcoming Conferences

  • June 18. Speaking for Ourselves, Achieving Paradise: Changes in Advocacy. Sheraton Hotel. Harrisburg.Registration available soon at http://speaking.org.
  • June 21-22. Navigating a Changing Community: Resources for Brain Injury. Marriot Hotel. Lancaster. Registration available at www.biapa.org.
  • July 21-23. Pennsylvania Community on Transition, Empowerment in Action: A Unified Approach. Penn Stater Conference Center. State College. Registration available soon at www.sharedwork.org.
  • August 2-6. 14th Annual National Autism Conference. Penn Stater Conference Center. State College. Registration begins April 30 at www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/autism.


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