Policy Areas

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network and Philadelphia Health Partnership, at the request of the Department of Human Services, along with the support of the University of Pittsburgh’s Medicaid Research Center, will host a series of listening sessions in the southeast region to understand the experiences of older adults and people with disabilities covered by Pennsylvania’s new Medicaid program, Community HealthChoices (CHC).

The listening sessions will be held as follows:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019: 10:00 am, at Delaware County Housing Authority (Delaware County)
Kinder Park Community Room: 1825 Constitution Avenue, Woodlyn, PA 19094

Wednesday, June 26, 2019: 10:00 am, at Aclamo Family Center (Montgomery County)
512 West Marshall Street, Norristown, PA 19401

Thursday, June 27, 2019: 10:15 am, at Brandywine Center (Chester County)
744 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320

Friday, June 28, 2019: 10:15 am, at Congreso (Philadelphia)
2800 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Friday, June 28, 2019: 2:45 pm, at South Philadelphia Library (Philadelphia)
1700 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

RSVP: 844-474-2643

OTHER INFORMATION: This is a free event. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is accessible. To request an interpreter or materials in Braille, please contact: jessica@pahealthaccess.org

A listserv has been established for ongoing updates on the CHC program. It is titled OLTL-COMMUNITY-HEALTHCHOICES, please visit the ListServ Archives page at http://listserv.dpw.state.pa.us to update or register your email address.

It is imperative that you notify the Office of Long-Term Living for changes that would affect your provider file, such as addresses and telephone numbers. Mail to/pay to addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers may be updated electronically through ePEAP, which can be accessed through the PROMISe™ provider portal. For any other provider file changes please notify the Bureau of Quality and Provider Management Enrollment and Certification Section at 1-800-932-0939 Option #1.

To ensure you receive email communications distributed from the Office of Long-Term Living, please visit the ListServ Archives page at http://listserv.dpw.state.pa.us to update or register your email address.

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ODP Announcement 19-077 provides updates to the schedule of virtual trainings and virtual office hours for July 2019. This alignment of the training schedule for all ODP programs provides courses for supports coordination organizations and agencies, other service providers, and other professionals supporting individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, and other developmental disabilities.

Please see the links for updates to the GoToWebinars in the announcement, which also has detailed information about individualized training topics, dates and times, and intended audiences.

A Guide to Virtual Office Hours vs Virtual Targeted Training:

Virtual Office Hours (VOH)

  • Interactive dialogue opportunity to field questions related to a specific topic
  • Not recorded or posted
  • One-time opportunity to participate live

Virtual Targeted Training (VTT)

  • Traditional virtual training presented using a PowerPoint (lecture format)
  • Will be recorded and posted
  • Little to no opportunity to answer questions unless time permits at the end

Submit questions about this announcement to this email address.

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The Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) is seeking a Drug & Alcohol Division Director. Successful candidates will offer experience and familiarity with the Pennsylvania Drug & Alcohol (D&A) system services and supports. Position responsibilities include responding to RCPA member needs in the D&A area, overseeing all related policy and regulatory issues, and working with key policymakers, including elected officials, commonwealth administrative personnel, and others to influence and report on policy matters. Master’s degree (MA) or equivalent is required, or four to ten years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. See job description for details; contact Tina Miletic to apply or for more information.

(Source: National Council for Behavioral Health, Capitol Connector, June 20, 2019)

On Tuesday, the House voted to pass the “Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act of 2019 (HR 3253),” which would extend funding for certain Medicaid programs. Under the provision, funding for the eight-state Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program would be extended for another two and a half years until December 21, 2021. There was overwhelming bipartisan support of HR 3253, passing with a vote of 371-46. The bill must now go to the Senate for a vote before the CCBHC demonstration program expires on June 30, 2019. Read more.

The PA Department of Human Services (DHS) is in the process of developing and implementing a statewide Resource and Referral Tool, in order to assist families with receiving the necessary services to address their needs around social determinants of health (SDOH). This tool will include an SDOH standardized assessment which, when completed, will generate a list of resources closer to the community where the patient lives. It will also allow service providers to make electronic referrals and receive a notification when the patient receives the services.

In order to understand how this tool could better meet the needs of health care providers, we would like to know what you currently have in place to assess and address SDOH needs. DHS has put together a very brief questionnaire (7–8 questions) to receive provider feedback.

This survey should be completed by the individual in your practice who is in charge of SDOH assessments or has the most knowledge about how they are incorporated into your workflow. DHS would like to receive your feedback by Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Complete the survey here.

ODP released two announcements regarding Wage Ranges and Benefit Allowances for Specific Participant Directed Services that will become effective with the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.

ODP Announcement 19-075 is in regard to Agency with Choice (AWC) for AWC Financial Management Services (FMS), participants utilizing the AWC FMS model, managing employers, Support Service Professionals (SSPs), Administrative Entities (AEs), and Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs). The announcement includes wage ranges and hourly benefits allowances attachments and tables.  There is guidance regarding enhanced communication and a new procedure code for the Chore Service. Homemaker is a separate service. The wage ranges for both services are the same and remain unchanged from FY 2018/19.

ODP Announcement 19-076 applies to the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) services. This announcement also contains wage ranges and hourly benefits allowances attachments and tables, as well as guidance regarding enhanced communication.

Contact Carol Ferenz, RCPA IDD Division Director, with questions.

ODP Announcement 19-074 introduces the implementation of an ODP communication notification feature for all MyODP registered users. Users will begin receiving web and email notifications for all ODP communications that are added to the MyODP Communications page. Users who do not yet have an account may create a new account on MyODP to be automatically subscribed to ODP communications. ODP communications will include ODP Announcements, Health Alerts, ODP Newsletters, and information on upcoming events. MyODP users will be subscribed to all ODP communications by default. Users may select targeted audiences and opt out of receiving ODP communications at any time.

When logged into your MyODP account, ODP communications will show within your notifications panel. The notifications bell next to your username will display a counter of new notifications that have not yet been read. Clicking on the bell will display your most recent notifications, including ODP communications. This will display as “ODP Announcement.” Clicking on the notification will direct you to the full communication.

You will also receive communications through the email that is registered to your MyODP account. The email will contain a link to the announcement, its location on MyODP, as well as a link to update your subscription preferences. To manage subscriptions, click on the link to update your subscription preferences within each communication that is sent to your email. You may also find the manage subscriptions link on the MyODP Communications web page.

  • If there are any audiences that you do not wish to receive communications for, you may uncheck the box next to each audience and click update subscriptions to save your settings.
  • At the top of the manage subscriptions page, there is a link to the notification preferences page which will enable you to unsubscribe from email and/or web notifications.
  • To unsubscribe from notifications, locate the section labeled “database module audience notifications” within the notification preferences You may click on each of the green “On” icons to turn news feed notifications off for web and/or email, whether online and/or offline.

See the above referenced announcement for details and screen shots.

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The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will conduct their next Community HealthChoices (CHC) Third Thursday webinar on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm. During the webinar, OLTL Chief of Staff, Jill Vovakes, will provide updates on the CHC program.

  • Register here for the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • If you require captioning services, please use this link and use the login information:
    Username: OLL /  Password: OLL

Reminder: All CHC related information can be found online. Comments can be submitted via email. If you have any questions, please contact the OLTL Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management at 717-857-3280.