RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Intellectual Disability Update #09-02: Provider Agreements, ODP Quality Strategy, PROMISe Electronic Transfers, Adult Community Autism Program, Cash and Counseling, and Trainings
April 20, 2009

ODP and Provider Agreements
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has issued the program agreements for direct service, supports coordination, and agency with choice/financial management services to be signed and submitted to ODP by May 1. Supports coordination and agency with choice providers will be receiving an addendum to this agreement to also be signed and returned. For agencies unable to submit an electronic signature, contracts may be mailed to Susan Ulsh, DPW/ODP, PO Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675. Any questions may be directed to the regional ODP program manager.

ODP Quality Strategy
ODP has released for public comments its “Quality Management Strategy.” The plan is being developed to identify the quality framework to be used, describe quality management roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, and reinforce an annual quality management planning methodology.  Written comments should be emailed to ra-odpcomment@state.pa.us no later than May 7.

PROMISe Electronic Funds Transfer
ODP has released Informational Memo #006-09 to notify providers that they have the option of registering to have PROMISe payments electronically deposited into agency bank accounts. Details on applying are available at www.dpw.state.pa.us/EFT. Processing this application takes 30 – 45 days. 

Adult Community Autism Program
Keystone Autism Services will host information sessions open to anyone interested in learning about the new Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP). ACAP services are being developed to assist adults with autism to live as independently as possible in a fully integrated community setting. This program will serve 200 individuals living in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Lancaster counties. Additional information is available at www.keystonehumanservices.org/keystoneAutism/adultCommunityAutismProgram.

Cash and Counseling
The Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Long Term Living has submitted an option in the Aging and Attendant Care waivers to implement “Services My Way” to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Using the Cash and Counseling model this would give individual’s control over their budgets and management of their services. Once approval is received services will begin in Cumberland, Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga counties. For additional information contact the Bureau of Individual Supports at 717-787-8091.


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