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Intellectual Disabilities Update #08-04 : ODP Financial Policies, Reorganization of DPW, PA Budget Secretary Named, ODP Contingency Plan, SCO Orientation, Autism Conference Live Webcast, Transition Conference and Grants
July 9, 2008

ODP Financial Policies
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released Prospective Payment System final policies addressing the areas of administrative expenses, retained earnings, margin, fee schedule, contributions and donations, interest expense, and executive compensation. Data must be collected and analyzed by the office to develop the margin policy details.

ODP Deputy Secretary Casey was a guest at PCPA’s June Board meeting and provided updates on these policies and those being drafted for public comment. The draft policies to be released soon will address capital assets and depreciation, residential habilitation polices such as service units, temporary absence and permanent vacancy, non-executive compensation, and revenue reconciliation. Casey is interested in recommendations regarding the development of the revenue reconciliation process.

Providers, direct service and supports coordination, billings to PROMISe, and the level of acceptance and reasons for billing rejections are being monitored by ODP. May statistics indicate HCSIS processed 180,181 claims to PROMISe with 169,837 approved and 10,344 denied for a 94 percent approval rate. Any agency having an issue with successfully billing PROMISe needs to contact their regional ODP office. As the financial processes are being developed for supports coordination agencies, ODP is interested in issues affecting rate development and billings.

DPW Reorganization
The July 5 Pennsylvania Bulletin (Volume 38, Number 5) included the newly approved re-organization of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW). Within ODP are four bureaus: Financial Management and Budget, Joe Church, director; Supports for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Jeff Petraco, director; Policy and Program Support, Connie Meeker, director; and Autism Services, Nina Wall-Cote, director. A copy is available at www.pabulletin.com; search week of July 5, 38 PA 3600.

Budget Secretary Appointed
Governor Rendell announced the appointment of Ms. Mary Soderberg as secretary of the budget. Soderberg had served as executive deputy secretary of the budget and chief financial officer of the state. She replaces Mr. Michael Masch, the new chief business officer for the Philadelphia School District.

ODP Contingency Plan
ODP has developed an emergency process to assist waiver providers that are at risk for a disruption in services to participants due to the elimination of cash advances. Copies of the necessary documents are available from Linda Drummond at PCPA.

Supports Coordination Orientation
ODP announced that the Supports Coordination Orientation is available on the ODP consulting web site (www.odpconsulting.net) under “What’s New.” Beginning July 1 supports coordinators in the state’s intellectual disabilities system must receive ODP required orientation. New supports coordinators must complete the orientation before working independently with an individual and/or family.

Autism Webcast
The August 2008 National Autism Conference will have several sessions available for live webcasts to be viewed on personal computer. During the conference access www.outreach.psu.edu/conference/autism, select the live webcast page, and follow the instructions. Specific sessions are available each day of the conference with details provided on the web site.

Transition Resources
Assisting youth with disabilities in transitioning to post-school outcomes of employment, training, and community participation is the focus of a variety of state departments and stakeholders. The 2008 Pennsylvania Community on Transition Conference is July 23-25 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College. Registration details are available at www.sharedwork.org/patransition and www.pattan.net.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced the availability of special education performance grants for the 2008/09 school year addressing “Transition from School to Community Based Employment for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Local education associations are encouraged to develop collaborative efforts. The grant application is available at www.pattan.net. An informational videoconference is being offered on July 10, from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at each of the PaTTAN offices.

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