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MR Update #05-09: ADA Testimony, OMR Response to CMS, and CDS Training
May 6, 2005

ADA Testimony Sought
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is collecting written testimony from people with disabilities, their families, and their advocates on the impact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 has had on their lives. NCD is an independent federal agency charged with making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families.

Testimony is sought regarding the extent to which the ADA has achieved its goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. The information received will be added to a body of data currently being assembled from a variety of sources to be analyzed and transmitted to the President and Congress in a report to be published in fall 2005.

Testimony is sought regarding telecommunications, employment, public service, and public accommodations. Please send written comments on or before May 15 to Julie Carroll, National Council on Disability, 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20004 or jcarroll@ncd.gov. For more information, contact Mark Quigley or Julie Carroll at 202-272-2004.

OMR Responds to CMS
The Department of Public Welfare received notification from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in April regarding issues relating to the review of the state’s consolidated mental retardation waiver. The state’s response was due to CMS by April 30. PCPA provided comment to the Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) regarding issues relating to provider qualifications and statewide contracts. Future meetings with OMR will focus on these recommendations. (See PCPA MR Update #05-07).

OMR’s response to CMS addressed the issues and is highlighted in the April edition of the office's quality management newsletter (for a copy contact Linda Drummond at PCPA) and relate to:

  • Authority of the state agency
  • Plan of care
  • Enrollment of qualified providers
  • Rate setting, and
  • Cost neutrality.

In the response to the issue of provider qualifications and enrollment OMR indicated (copy of response available from Linda Drummond):

  • The consolidated waiver includes criteria for providers for waiver services;
  • OMR is developing language for three different agreements - waiver contract amendment to county/provider contracts, Medicaid agreement between state and providers who contract with counties, and agreement for those who do not contract with counties; and
  • OMR will develop a formal process to address disputes between providers and county MH/MR programs or other administering agencies.

IM4Q Volunteers Needed
The Office of Mental Retardation is seeking direct support professionals to serve on the statewide IM4Q Steering Committee. The meetings are held in Harrisburg. If members are interested, please contact Linda Drummond for additional information.

CDS Administrator’s Academy
The Office of Mental Retardation is conducting a College of Direct Supports (CDS) Administrator’s Academy on June 7, 8, or 9 at Contract Consultants in New Cumberland. This will be a hand’s on three-hour training and technical assistance opportunity for staff that act as CDS administrators. For additional information contact Jackie Epstein at jepstein@state.pa.us.

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