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MR Update #06-03: Draft MR Bulletins, Listservs, Proposals for Children’s Autism and Family Support, Federal Budget, Conference Proposals, and Workshops
February 17, 2006

Draft MR Bulletins
The Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) has released three draft bulletins for comments, which are due by March 17 to Cheryl Henne (chenne@state.pa.us). PCPA requests members share copies of their comments with the association. For electronic copies of the bulletins contact Linda Drummond at PCPA.

  • Registration and Intake outlines OMR’s policy for uniform application of statewide standards addressing the role of the Administrative Entity and Supports Coordinator.
  • Individual Support Plan Process describes how to follow the policies required in the 55 PA Code regulations.
  • Guidelines for Delivery of Supports Coordination Services provides recommendations regarding the administration and delivery of Supports Coordination Services and the roles and functions of the coordinator.

These bulletins were overviewed by OMR during a February 16 web cast. Copies of that presentation are available from PCPA (linda@paproviders.org). OMR plans to release the final bulletins for implementation on July 1 and begin implementation of the Supports Coordination curriculum, handbook, and training requirements by January 1, 2007.

Listservs
1. The Office of Mental Retardation has established listservs for counties and providers, as well as a mailbox to address questions. The listservs are intended to keep the most up-to-date documents in a centralized place. To reach the listserv access http://listserv.dpw.state.pa.us, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on unlisted archive form. On the Access Unlisted Archive web site, type OMR-COUNTY-FISCAL or OMR-PROVIDER-FISCAL in the space provided and click on join or leave the list. Follow the instructions to subscribe.

The mailbox is an email address to send questions regarding the spreadsheets and rate setting bulletin. It is ra-ratesetting@state.pa.us.

2. The Pennsylvania Community of Practice on Transition listserv connects stakeholders in a variety of roles that share the goal of improving post-school outcomes of youth with disabilities. To receive directions on subscribing send an email to listmgr@lists.nasdse.org and in the body of the email type: Subscribe PACommunityOnTransition to receive instructions.

Autism Proposals
The Department of Public Welfare through the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit is seeking providers interested in developing and piloting effective models of care for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. A copy of the request for proposals is available in the Members Only section of the PCPA web site. The submission deadline is March 3. In the next few weeks there will be an additional request for proposal released for adult services for persons with autism.

Family Support Proposal
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has made funding available through a Real Choice Systems Change grant from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services for Family Support Demonstration Projects. The purpose of the grant is to demonstrate that Family Support Services can be successful across the full range of disabilities. The Family Support Advisory Council will seek three sub-grantees through a Request for Proposal (RFP) scheduled to be announced in the near future. Interested parties may request a copy of the RFP by calling United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania at 866-761-6129 or by sending an email to info@ucpofpa.org.

Federal Budget
The President’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget proposal includes $2.77 trillion in spending and calls for major reductions to entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid while cutting overall spending for human services discretionary items. The budget proposes to eliminate 141 programs including the Supported Employment State Grant program, four percent cuts to Health and Human Services, and eight percent reductions to Housing and Urban Development.

Consumer/Family Survey
OMR contracts with The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families (The Partnership) to coordinate training and technical assistance for consumers and families in Pennsylvania. The Partnership is being facilitated by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and provides trainings across the state to people with disabilities and family members. Some of the training topics taking place right now include Understanding the MR System: An Overview, Waivers, and Self-Determination. One of the goals of The Partnership is to ensure that the trainings provided meet the needs of people with disabilities and families. A survey has been developed to assist in determining the trainings need and can be completed by accessing: www.thetrainingpartnership.org/na20060201.


Conference Workshop Proposals
1. PCPA is soliciting workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held October 10 – 13 at Seven Springs Mountain Report. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. March 6.
2. Workshop presentation proposals are sought for the Annual Pennsylvania Community on Transition Conference to be held July 19 – 21 at the Penn Stater Conference Center. Proposals are due by March 3 and details are available from Joan Kester (joakester@state.pa.us) or Michael Stoehr (mstoehr@pattan.net).

Workshops
1. Aging and Mental Health Regional Forums across the state during April and May offer one-day trainings for older adults, family members, and those providing ambulatory or residential care. For details contact Joann Roesner (jroesner@drexelmed.edu).
2. Aging/Mental Retardation Cross Systems Conference: Building Bridges, May 16 – 17 at Holiday Inn, Grantville. For details contact Janet Neidig (janet@p4a.org).
3. Our Freedom Our Choice statewide independent living conference at the Harrisburg Hilton September 7 – 10. For more information access www.pasilc.org.

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