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Carol Ferenz


The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) invites supports professionals, clinical professionals, individuals, and families to engage in three days of presentations focused on empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Throughout the event, over 25 professionals, experts, and pioneers will engage attendees in workshops, breakout sessions, panels, and keynote speeches. Topics include Supporting Families, Caring for Individuals with Complex Needs, Cultural Competence, Education, Future Planning, Self-Advocacy, Dual Diagnosis, and much more.

Discounted rates, as well as partial and full scholarships, will be available. The scholarship application will be released soon. If interested in applying for a scholarship, please submit your inquiry via email. For more information including the full event schedule visit the Everyday Lives website.

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ODP Announcement 19-157 provides information regarding the publication of the Department of Human Services (Department) proposed Fee Schedule Rates for Transportation Trip services that will be added to the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) effective January 1, 2020. Public comment on these proposed changes will be accepted until 11:59 pm on January 7, 2020.

Effective January 1, 2020, the Department proposes to add Transportation Trip as a service available in the Adult Autism Waiver. The amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver that contains this change is currently with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. In anticipation of approval, a public notice was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin Volume 49, Number 49 on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The notice informs stakeholders of the proposed Fee Schedule Rates for Transportation Trip services that will be funded through the AAW.

The title of the notice is Proposed Fee Schedule Rates for Transportation Trip Services Funded Through the Adult Autism Waiver.

One Fee Schedule Rate was developed for each Transportation Trip service zone. Transportation Trip services can be offered by providers who enroll directly with the Department to provide Transportation Trip services or through Organized Health Care Delivery System (OHCDS) providers. The assumption log used to develop these rates is available here.

ODP Announcement 19-158 announces the launch of MyODP News Online, an online site that replaces our monthly newsletter with a resource containing real time online news that is most pertinent to our stakeholders. MyODP News Online is now available via Through this link, stakeholders will receive relevant news and information as it happens. Readers may subscribe to an RSS feed, and eventually may share articles through social media. Past content remains available online.

Stakeholders that previously received the monthly newsletter via listserv will now receive MyODP News Online Weekly Digest. The digest is sent each Friday and contains all the week’s posted news in abstract. Individuals who received SAU1’s self-advocate edited version of the monthly newsletter will continue to receive that publication via regular mail. Readers may send inquiries or suggest story ideas via email.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) announced 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’s theme is “Rights, Risks, and Restrictions.”

“Data Discoveries,” a feature of Positive Approaches, spotlights useful data presented in ways that are interesting and customizable. “Data Discoveries” will feature a word cloud of thoughts and phrases pertinent to the theme of “Rights, Risks, and Restrictions.” In an effort to learn more about your perceptions of how rights, risks, and restrictions are perceived in the community, the editorial board of Positive Approaches asks for your participation in a brief online survey exploring the words or phrases you feel correspond with these concepts, as they relate to work, experiences, and priorities.

The Positive Approaches Journal is published quarterly. For additional information, please submit inquiries/comments via email.

Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Communication 19-152 announces that the final public notice for fee schedule rates and Department-established fees have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

A public notice will appear in the Pennsylvania Bulletin Volume 49, Number 47 on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The notice informs stakeholders of the final Fee Schedule Rates and Department-established fees. The title of the notice is Fee Schedule Rates and Department-Established Fees for Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers Services, Targeted Support Management and the Community Intellectual Disability Base-Funded Program.

The final Fee Schedule Rates and Department-established fees represent the maximum rates that the Department will pay and can be accessed on the Department’s website. Please note that the link in the public notice is no longer accurate as the DHS website was updated in the past week.

Section 6100.571(c) requires the Department to update the data used to establish the fee schedule rates at least every three years. When the data is updated, the Department will publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of the Fee Schedule Rates. In the future, the Department will only publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of the Fee Schedule Rates for Targeted Support Management and select services funded through the Consolidated, Community Living and P/FDS waivers and the Department-established fees for residential ineligible services when the rates are changed.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by 11:59 pm on December 23, 2019, regarding the final Fee Schedule Rates and Department-established fees to the Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Division of Provider Assistance and Rate Setting, 4th Floor, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Comments can also be sent via email. Use subject header ”PN Fee Schedule.”

The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is requesting proposals for providers to highlight their innovative approaches to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they relate to the Everyday Lives (EDL) Recommendations. ODP invites providers to share their success stories with implementing models relating to one or more of the following EDL Recommendations:

  • Assure Effective Communication;
  • Promote Self-Direction, Choice, & Control;
  • Increase Employment;
  • Promote Health, Wellness, And Safety;
  • Support Families Throughout The Lifespan;
  • Support People With Complex Needs;
  • Develop And Support Qualified Staff;
  • Simplify The System;
  • Improve Quality / Expand Options For Community Living;
  • Increase Community Participation;
  • Provide Community Services For Everyone; and
  • Evaluate Future Innovations.

This is an opportunity to share your innovative approach with other interested agencies so they may consider adoption or replication. Providers are asked to be available during specified times at the conference to discuss their models. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a committee designated by ODP. ODP is grateful to presenters who volunteer to share their expertise and experiences with colleagues. Thank you for your time, interest, and effort!

The conference is scheduled January 7–9, 2020 at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr, Hershey, PA 17033. Please submit your poster proposal via QuestionPro at:

Proposal Deadline is November 30; see announcement for submission details.