RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Update
November 13, 2014

ANCOR Survey
The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has asked RCPA to share a survey with members to assist in determining the status of community programs providing supports to people with disabilities based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate. This mandate, which was initially to begin in 2014, is delayed until 2015/16. The ACA employer mandate is a requirement that all businesses with over 50 full-time equivalent employees provide health insurance for those employers or pay a per-month “Employer Shared Responsibility Payment” on their federal tax return. Small businesses with 50-99 employees will start insuring these workers by 2016. Employers with 100 or more employees are to start providing health benefits to at least 70 percent of full-time employees by 2015 and 95 percent by 2016. ANCOR requests disability services employers complete the survey regardless of the number of employees.

ODP Training Recommendations
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) recently held a conference call with providers for recommendations regarding training topics for staff. The ODP Provider Training mailbox (RA-PWODP_PROVDRTRNG@pa.gov) will be open until December 15 to accept further suggestions.

NADD Webinars
The National Association on Dual Diagnosis (NADD) is offering a variety of webinars addressing issues related to assisting staff in serving individuals with intellectual disabilities with a mental health need. Cost is $98 per session and registration is available from the NADD website.

  • November 21, 3:00 p.m., The Role of the Behaviorist
  • November 25, 3:00 p.m., Evidence-based Practice and Intellectual Disabilities
  • December 2, 3:00 p.m., Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The Invisible Disability
  • December 4, 3:00 p.m., Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Individuals With Intellectual Disability
  • December 10, 3:00 p.m., Forensic Issues With Clients With a Dual Diagnosis
  • December 17, 3:00 p.m., Rights of Persons With Intellectual Disabilities

HIPAA in Emergency Situations
The US Department of Health and Human Services has released a new bulletin, “HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations,”  due to the issues with Ebola. This bulletin assists HIPAA-covered businesses in understanding ways that patient information may be shared in an emergency.

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