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Carol Ferenz


ODP Announcement 19-106 announces the publication of a new issue of Positive Approaches Journal, written by and for professionals who provide supports and services to individuals with mental and behavioral health challenges, intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities.

This issue focuses on Meaningful Community Engagement and highlights thoughts and cases from the field. This “new” Positive Approaches Journal is in digital form, available for viewing online or for downloading here. The journal is published quarterly. Please send any questions via email.

ODP Announcement 19-105 announces that an updated version of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Contact Information for ID/Autism Coordinators is now available. On February 14, 2019, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) released Bulletin 00-19-01, OVR Referral Process for ODP Employment-Related Services.

Attachment 4 to the bulletin is the OVR Contact Information for ID/Autism Coordinators. Attached, please find an updated version of this contact information. This version, dated 8/14/19, replaces all previous versions of Attachment 4.

This updated contact information and Bulletin 00-19-01 in its entirety can be found on the MyODP Employment page.

ODP Announcement 19-104 provides a list of current AWC FMS organizations that are available to support participants and surrogates who have chosen to self- direct some or all their Participant Directed Services (PDS) using the AWC FMS model and are in the Consolidated, Community Living, and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waiver

ODP requires each AE to have at least one qualified AWC FMS organization to provide AWC FMS. The table at the end of this document provides a complete listing of the AWC FMS organizations and the area in which they provide services across the state.

If there are any changes to the information contained in the table, the AWC or AE should notify the regional FMS lead.

These AWC FMS organizations are not to be confused with the statewide Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) FMS organization. Currently, ODP contracts with Palco Inc. to provide FMS to waiver participants who elect to use the VF/EA FMS model.

For more information, regarding the two FMS models (AWC and VF/EA), please visit

The Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania is hosting a webinar; “811 Project Rental Assistance Overview” on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10:00 am. The webinar will cover program eligibility, priority populations, how to become a stakeholder, and what the process looks like once someone is referred to an 811 unit. Please follow the link below to register for the webinar and feel free to share this information with colleagues and those in your network who would be interested in this topic.

Please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have any questions, please reach out to the 811 Team.