RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


MR Update #07-11: ODP Budget, Draft Bulletin, Certified Investigators, Autism Webcast, Environmental Health, Medication Administration Trainings, Special Offenders Forum, College of Direct Support, Direct Care Training, Dual Diagnosis Resource, PCPA Conference
July 25, 2007

Mental Retardation Budget
The House Appropriations Committee has issued an overview of the 2007/08 Department of Public Welfare Mental Retardation budget. An electronic copy is available from Linda Drummond. Highlights include:

  • Community services for over 46,000 individuals is funded at $868 million, an increase of $78.5 million with a federal match of $844 million;
  • State centers serving 1,318 individuals is funded at $107 million with an additional $106 million federal;
  • ICFs/MR serving 2,533 individuals receiving $125 million state and $178 million federal;
  • Waiting list to receive $25 million state and $27 million federal to expand home and community based services for an additional 3,428 persons; and
  • Three percent cost-of-living adjustment of $24.3 million for community programs.

Room and Board Bulletin
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has issued a draft bulletin, Clarification of Payment for Room and Board for Individuals Living in Community Residential Facilities, for public comment due August 19. For an electronic copy and to share comments contact Linda Drummond at PCPA.

Certified Investigators
A new class for Certified Investigators has been scheduled August 27 - 30 at Ebensburg Center. Registration is available on the HCSIS Learning Management System, www.humanservices-r.state.pa.us/HCSISLMS. Information is also available at www.omrinvestigators.com.

Autism Conference Webcasts
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is making available for live webcast several sessions from the 2007 National Autism Conference held in State College July 30 – August 3. To participate access www.outreach.psu.edu/conference/autism and click on the Live Web Cast page. Sessions available include:

  • July 30, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. – Living on the Autism Spectrum; 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Autism Research Updates; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Updates on PA’s Efforts to Provide Support and Services; 2:15 - 5:15 p.m. – Evidence-based Transition to Adult Life;
  • July 31, 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. – Pivotal Response Training for Children with Autism;
  • August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Using Direct Instruction to Teach Language and Reading; 1:15 - 4:15 p.m. – Brilliant Beginnings, Dazzling Outcomes;
  • August 2, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Social and Academic Success; 1:15 - 4:15 p.m. –Classroom Management Problems and Procedures.

Environmental Health
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has launched an environmental health initiative to promote good health and reduce disability through partnerships with developmental disabilities networks and environmental health communities. The collaboration goals are to raise awareness about the links between exposure to neurotoxic chemicals and developmental disabilities and raise awareness that those living with mental retardation and developmental disabilities may be at greater risk of secondary health effects from toxic exposures.

A teleconference, “Detecting the Impact of Ethanol on the Fetus and Understanding its Underlying Mechanism,” addressing environmental health issues well be held August 14, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Information is available at www.ehinitiative.org.

ODP Meeting Cancelled
ODP’s meeting to provide advocates, individuals, and families with information regarding the proposed Service Definition changes scheduled for July 26 has been cancelled.

ODP Staff Change
ODP's Western and Central Region Director, Nancy Murray, will be leaving her position and returning to Achieva, a Pittsburgh-based advocacy organization and service provider, where she will be the president of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh and Beaver County.

Medication Administration Trainings
ODP has released the schedule for 2007/08 Medication Administration Train-the-Trainer Course and the recertification courses. An electronic copy with dates, locations, and registration information is available from Linda Drummond at PCPA.

Special Offenders Forum
A joint forum by ODP and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) to address “Residential Options for Special Offenders” will be held August 14, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Norristown State Hospital. Registration information is not yet available. Questions may be directed to Pam Kuhno, ODP Eastern Area Director (610-562-6200 or pkuhno@state.pa.us).

College of Direct Support
Web-based trainings through the College of Direct Support are available free to counties, supports coordinators, individuals, and families. The administration of this initiative is through the ODP Consulting System and the technology support is provided by Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11. Additional information is available by contacting either Jeannie Goryl (jgoryl@pattan.net) or Sarah Rollin (srollin@pattan.net).

Direct Care Training Initiatives
The Caregiving Project for Older Americans and the MetLife Foundation have awarded grants to 12 community colleges across the country to establish new or enhance existing training programs for direct-care workers who provide care in the home. One of the grantees is Lackawanna Community College in Scranton. This program will offer a five-week intensive course for professional caregivers and establish a series of abbreviated weekend and evening sessions for family members. Information is available at www.directcareclearinghouse.org.

Dual Diagnosis Resource
The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed has released two new publications, a textbook and clinical guide, Diagnosis of Mental Disorders in Persons with Intellectual Disability. Details are available at www.thenadd.org.

October 16 – 19: PCPA Conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, PA. Special session on October 16 from 1:00 – 5:15 p.m., An Afternoon with ODP: Up To the Moment Information. Numerous ODP staff will present on the most up to date information regarding the state’s mental retardation and autism system. There will be opportunity for participants to ask questions and dialogue with ODP staff.

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