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IDD Update
October 27, 2014

Healthy PA
The state has updated the Healthy PA web site with a variety of resources and training materials for the community, providers, and stakeholders. A 12-minute video, “Healthy PA 101,” is available by selecting “Training and Resources.” The video provides an overview of this initiative.

SSI Increases
Beginning December 31, Supplementation Security Income (SSI) will have a cost-of-living increase of 1.7 percent. This impacts over eight million SSI recipients with a federal maximum of $733 per month for singles and $1,100 per month for couples.

Ebola Information
The Department of Health has developed information regarding Ebola. Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

BIP Meetings
Pennsylvania received approval for its application to the Balancing Incentives Program (BIP), a federal grant to assist states rebalance long-term services and supports systems and improve access to home and community-based services. This grant provides the state with a two percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentage increase totaling $94 million additional in funding to be implemented by September 30, 2015. The Departments of Public Welfare and Aging are developing a detailed work plan required by the federal government that includes how to implement required tasks for the BIP.

The departments are requesting stakeholder input for the detailed work plan. Regional BIP meetings will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss options and programs. For details and to register contact Leahann Moslak.

  • November 13, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, Allied Services, Scranton,
  • November 18, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, Vision for Equality, Philadelphia,
  • December 2, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg,
  • December 8, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m, PaTTAN, Harrisburg,
  • December 11, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission, Ridgway,

ODP Update
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released Announcement #084-14: ODP Seeking Your Input for Training Areas Needed for Direct Services Providers of ID Services. A conference call on November 3, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. will allow participants to share recommendations for current and future provider training needs. Register at https://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/0N9C7ML14DASXRSM.

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