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CMS Forums for Waiver Review Scheduled
July 8, 2004

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for the Medicaid program, is conducting a review of Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Waiver program that serves individuals with mental retardation. The review is conducted in connection with the renewal of the waiver, which is currently approved through June 2005. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the state is in compliance with the assurances and other requirements of the waiver program.

As part of the review, CMS has asked the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Retardation to arrange public forums throughout Pennsylvania. Separate meetings will be held for waiver participants and their families and advocates; providers of services; and county staff that administer the waiver at the local level. The purpose of the forums is to provide information to federal reviewers to better understand operation of the waiver. The federal staff will also present a brief overview of the waiver in the context of the Medicaid program. Sessions are scheduled in four locations and will occur in July and August.

Please register via email to Rebecca Roberts at EITA_RegistrationsRR@tiu11.org.
The Provider Alliance is sponsoring the July 23 sessions. The contact for those sessions is Ed Picchiarini at 724-423-1467 or epic@wpa.net.

Date
Time
Location
Audience
July 22 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Community College of Allegheny County North, Rm. 3002 County Staff
July 23 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sheraton, Cranberry Provider Staff
July 23 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Sheraton, Cranberry Self-advocates; families; advocates
August 17 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Carlisle Business Center Self-advocates; families; advocates
August 18 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Dauphin County Case Management Unit Provider Staff
August 18 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Dauphin County Case Management Unit County Staff
August 19 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall, Temple University Self-advocates; families; advocates
August 19 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall, Temple University County Staff
August 19 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall, Temple University Provider Staff
August 20 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Delaware County Intermediate Unit Self-advocates; families; advocates
August 20 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Delaware County Intermediate Unit Provider Staff

PCPA requests that members planning to provide comments at any of the forums share a copy of their comments by sending to Linda Drummond or notifying the Association if you plan to participate. PCPA also has directions available to the various forum locations. Contact Ms. Drummond if a copy is needed.

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