RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


MR Update #08-01: ODP Draft Bulletins, HCSIS Update, Investigator Classes, Provider Profile, Positive Practices, Provider Qualifications, Planning Advisory Committee, Medication Administration, Crime Victims, Federal Issues, and Resources
February 1, 2008

ODP Draft Bulletins
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is accepting public comments at odpcomment@state.pa.us on the following draft bulletins:

  • Proposed Service Definitions, comments accepted until February 5; and
  • Surrogate Health Decision Making, comments accepted until February 14.

Electronic copies are available from Linda Drummond at PCPA and members are requested to also share their comments with the association.

HCSIS Update
HCSIS Release 5.11.0 was implemented January 12 and featured modification to the provider location report, ODP individual service plan (ISP) terminology enhancements, and ODP financial management changes, including a budget management tool. This release is available on the Learning Management System web site. Providers may view printable ISPs if they have at least one service on the ISP, the provider has been given permission by the supports coordinator to view the ISP, and the provider has been assigned the Provider ISP Reviewer role. An electronic copy of the update is available from Linda Drummond at PCPA.

Certified Investigator Classes
ODP has added three four-day Certified Investigator classes with information available at www.omrinvestigators.com. The dates and locations are March 10-13 in Philadelphia, March 17-20 in Bridgeport, and March 25-28 at Selinsgrove Center.

Provider Profile
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Provider Profile work group is focused on Phase II which may include reports on current data collection processes already used by the department. The Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) data is one option under review and determination of the types of reports which could be generated that would be useful to families and individuals as they investigate provide services. One suggestion was the development of potential IM4Q data interpretation questions individuals and families may consider when interviewing providers. This would also become a component of the Supports Coordination curriculum training which is under development.

ODP released an informational bulletin, Provider Profiles for Mental Retardation Providers, to address accessing provider profiles on the department’s web site, in the "Provider Licensing Directory" (www.dpw.state.pa.us), and the HCSIS Supports and Services Directory.

Positive Practices Issues
The statewide Positive Practices initiative is focused on reducing and eventually eliminating restraints in the state center and community systems. Doug Pickens (dpickens@state.pa.us) is assisting in developing trainings for community services, liaisoning with the regional ODP offices, developing collaborative efforts with the statewide risk management committee, and helping providers in the development and implementation of an agency restraint elimination work plan.

The debriefing process has been identified as an important strategy for a thorough analysis of a reportable event. The information gained from this analysis can assist in policy, procedure, and practice development to avoid repeated use of restraints in the future. Debriefing trainings are being offered by ODP in conjunction with the Central HCQU and are scheduled February 12 in Pottsville, March 18 in Sunbury, March 19 in Williamsport, April 2 in Altoona, April 7 in Danville, May 13 in Lewistown, and May 14 in State College. Registration and location information is being coordinated through Geisinger Community Health Services Health Care Quality Unit, 570-271-5159 or plpatterson@geisinger.edu.

Provider Qualification Process
ODP has issued a bulletin outlining the new standardized statewide process for waiver provider qualification and disqualification. This applies to provider agencies, individual professionals, and vendors that provide licensed and unlicensed Medicaid waiver services, with the exception of supports coordination services to individuals in the Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Supports (P/FDS) waivers. These providers must meet the qualification criteria outlined in the waiver for the service they currently provide or for new providers the services they intend to provide. Criteria are found in Appendix C of the Consolidated Waiver and Appendix B-2 of the P/FDS waiver. Once the P/FDS waiver is renewed the qualification criteria will be in Appendix C.

The January ODP Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) provided information regarding the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) assessment being implemented statewide, Premise Alert program to assist emergency responders with advance knowledge of special needs, a Bureau of Autism Services update, and rent rebate information. The Department of Revenue provided details regarding the state’s rent rebate program and eligibility levels. In March ODP will provide details on the department’s policies regarding rent rebate for individuals receiving waiver funded services.

Medication Administration Courses
ODP has revised its schedule for Medication Administration Train-the-Trainer courses. Staff that meet all applicable requirements and are employed in licensed programs (governed under Chapters 2380, 2600, 3800, 6400, 6600) are eligible to attend the two-day course. Information is available at www.dpw.state.pa.us by clicking on "Provider information" or call 800-438-1958. For staff needing recertification the brochure with details is available on the DPW web site.

Crime Victims
ODP is offering a one day training in Mechanicsburg on February 21, "Victims of Crime with Developmental Disabilities," to focus on how violence affects the lives of individuals. Presenters will overview sexual and domestic violence and supporting victims. For details contact OCS_RegistrationsRR@tiu11.org.

Federal Issues

  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee recently held a hearing, "Medicaid’s Critical Role for Americans with Disabilities." The archived web cast is available at http://energycommerce.edgeboss.net/wmedia/energycommerce/011608.he.hrg.community-disabilities.asx. Featured is the Community Choice Act (S799; HR1621) and the Direct Support Professionals Fairness and Security Act (HR1279).
  • The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center of the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies is seeking respondents for its survey on the use of technology for individuals with intellectual disabilities, brain injury, or Alzheimer’s. The survey is available at
  • The US Senate unanimously passed the "Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act (S1858)" to fund states for expansion of screening programs, educational materials for families, and treatment of newborns screened with treatable conditions. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

"The Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum" is available from the AAIDD bookstore (http://bookstore.aaidd.org). This curriculum may be used to train supervisors and direct support staff in the practices of positive behavior support, such as coping with challenging behavior before it occurs and helping individuals lead independent lives.

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