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MR Update #05-13: OMR Staff Change, Draft MR Bulletins, HCSIS Update, People First Language, Incident Management, and Social Security Regulations
July 6, 2005

New Staff at OMR
The Department of Public Welfare has announced that Jeffrey Petraco will become the director of the Bureau of Mental Retardation Program Operations at the Office of Mental Retardation (OMR). He is replacing Ed Sadosky who retired in June. Petraco has been the acting deputy secretary for the Office of Social Programs (OSP) and worked for over 24 years in health and human services for the City of Philadelphia.

Carol Ranck, currently the director of the Bureau of Home and Community Based Services at OSP will serve as the office’s official-in-charge.

Comments Needed on Draft Bulletins
The Office of Mental Retardation has released two draft Mental Retardation Bulletins for a 30-day comment period. The bulletins are:

  • OMR Policy on Employment
  • Employment of Individuals in ICFs/MR

Comments are due to OMR by July 30. To request an electronic copy of the bulletins and to share your comments to be included in the association’s analysis contact Linda Drummond at PCPA.

HCSIS Update
The latest HCSIS Update provides information regarding:

  • The executive overview provides information on how the Office of Mental Retardation, Office of Social Programs, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, and the Department of Aging use HCSIS;
  • Revision of current living situation codes;
  • Over 100 persons living in ICF/MR settings have an active individual support plan in HCSIS;
  • HCSIS priorities set last year show seven either completed or in progress; and
  • OSP service coordination agencies are now using HCSIS.

For an electronic copy contact Linda Drummond.

People First Language
Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities has developed People First: A Language Guide to provide guidance regarding the correct terminology to be used to develop positive communications regarding persons with disabilities. For a free copy access http://disabilities.temple.edu.

OMR Incident Management
The Office of Mental Retardation’s Incident Management (IM) team continues to develop an effective and efficient reporting process. In early July an updated Draft Incident Management Analysis Report Template Bulletin will be distributed for review and comment. The current MR Bulletin #00-01-05, Incident Management, will be revised to accommodate the changes in reporting times for provider and county analysis reports. Highlights include:

  • No Provider Quarterly IM Analysis Report will be due for August;
  • First semi-annual IM Analysis Report will be due December 15 for providers and January 13, 2006 for counties;
  • Data source is the data warehouse;
  • Comparison reports to statewide data are for information purposes only, written analysis is not required for submission;
  • Deloitte Consulting determining where the restraints and medication errors should be pulled into the data warehouse; and
  • Providers will access their IM Trend and Quality Performance Reports via HCSIS.

OMR Customer Service
The Office of Mental Retardation’s Customer Service Number (888-565-9435) was established in 2000 to provide a toll-free tool for the public to communicate directly with the department. Questions and concerns about the services and supports provided by OMR are addressed through this service.

SSA Regulation
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has published a final regulation that will allow Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are found no longer disabled at age 18 to continue to receive SSI benefits as long as they are enrolled in an appropriate vocational training program. This ensures that certain people who recover medically have the opportunity to complete their vocational program. This rule extends the scope of qualifying programs to include Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency programs. It also covers students’ ages 18 - 21 participating in an individualized education program developed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The rules, effective July 25, can be found at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-12432.pdf.

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