RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


MR Update #07-05: Health and Safety Alert, Rate Setting FAQ, Autism Genetic Link, Provider Profile, PCPA Training, and Other Seminars/Workshops
February 20, 2007

Health and Safety Alert
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has issued a new alert addressing Adequate and Appropriate Supervision. The alert addresses examples of potential incidents of neglect, appropriate staffing, “zero tolerance” policy, staffing coverage policy, and suggestions to avoid leaving someone unsupervised. For an electronic copy contact Linda Drummond (linda@paproviders.org).

Rate Setting Questions
ODP has disseminated the latest frequently asked questions (FAQ) fact sheet regarding the mental retardation spreadsheets for use for FY 2007/08 budgeting on the rate setting listserv. Submit all rate questions to ra-ratesetting@state.pa.us. For a copy of the fact sheet contact Linda Drummond at PCPA.

Genetic Links to Autism
The Autism Genome Project’s five-year study on genetic links to autism was published in the February 18 issue of Nature Genetics. DNA analysis of 1,200 families was used to find a newly identified region of chromosome 11 which may play a critical role in autism spectrum disorders. For a copy of the Philadelphia Inquirer article access www.philly.com/mld/philly/16736783.htm.

Provider Profile
ODP’s Provider Profile Workgroup is finalizing recommendations for Deputy Secretary Casey regarding stage one of a provider profile. The purpose of the profile initiative is to develop a reference source for individuals and families so they may choose providers based on uniform information. The HCSIS’ Services and Supports Directory will be updated with consistent information on each provider. The Human Services Provider Online Directory for licensed providers will also be a resource, establishing links to provider web sites. Recommendations regarding information beneficial to consumer decision-making will be developed to encourage web page criteria that is consistent statewide. Future stages may address offering information in different languages, other funding streams, and with available financial information.


  • Transitioning to Mental Retardation Fee-For-Service, Year Two. PCPA will host two trainings with Stanalonis and Associates, LLC, addressing financial changes in the mental retardation system, revised state spreadsheets, “true costs,” utilization management, and PROMISe billing and payment issues. The trainings are tentatively scheduled for April 10 in the eastern portion of the state and April 17 in the west. Watch for details.
  • ODP Positive Practices Chapter 2 web-based training is now available at www.omrconsulting.org. Access the January 31 archived web cast.
  • February 28, Equal Justice for People with Developmental Disabilities: Understanding the Criminal Justice System, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Oxford Valley Mall, Langhorne. Sponsored by Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities and The Arc Pennsylvania, registration details are available from Pam Klipa at 800-692-7258 or pklipa@thearcpa.org.
  • March 14, Maximizing Personal Resources: How to Write a PASS, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Montgomery County MH/MR in Norristown. Registration details are available by email at OCS_Registrationscs@tiu11.org or phone at 877-518-9597.
  • July 18-20, Pennsylvania Community on Transition Forum at the Penn Stater Conference Center, State College. Presenter proposals are being solicited. For details access www.sharedwork.org or contact Linda Drummond at PCPA.
  • September 25-26, 2007 Aging/Mental Retardation Cross-Systems Conference: Building Bridges, at the Holiday Inn Grantville.
  • The Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) has announced a series of online courses for Supported Employment starting in March at a special rate of $100 for Pennsylvania participants. These online courses provide an extensive overview of supported employment and how to facilitate competitive jobs for individuals with disabilities. OMR is offering full tuition reimbursement for a limited number of supported employment staff who successfully completes the course. Information and the application for the March 10 deadline for the reimbursement program are available by contacting Lee Stephens (lstephens@state.pa.us, 717-783-5666).

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