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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.

Dept of Labor and Industry

May 3, 2019

L&I Seeks Public Input on Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services Plan

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today encouraged Pennsylvanians to provide comments on proposed changes to the state’s vocational rehabilitation services plan. Pennsylvania expects less federal reallocation funds for the vocational rehabilitation program and must adjust the plan.

“Our primary goal throughout this process is to ensure that services continue to be provided to as many people with disabilities as possible across the commonwealth,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “I urge interested Pennsylvanians to provide us with their feedback.”

Due to the anticipated decline in federal reallocation funds, the independent Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation recently voted unanimously to begin the process to close the Order of Selection, in essence creating a temporary waiting list for new OVR customers. Services would continue for current OVR customers with an Individualized Plan for Employment, as well as Pre-employment Transition Services for students with disabilities, as required by federal law.

The proposal is available in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments will be accepted for 30 days, until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and should be emailed to, with “OOS closing all categories” in the subject line. Written comments may also be mailed to OVR Central Office, c/o Cindy Mundis, 1521 North 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

Public meetings will be conducted in-person throughout the state in each OVR district office on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Individuals who are unable to attend in person can participate via phone. All meeting sites are accessible and interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be present at each public meeting.

Following the public comment period, the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) will review OVR’s request to temporarily close the order of selection. If approved, the waiting list is expected to be implemented on July 1, 2019.

For more information, visit the OVR page on the Department of Labor & Industry’s website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or

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The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has scheduled and will be presenting webinars to Service Coordinators (SCs) to provide information about how the implementation of Community HealthChoices (CHC) will impact Attendant Care and Independence Waiver participants under the age of 21.

The implementation of CHC will change the way that Attendant Care and Independence Waiver participants who are under 21 years of age receive their Medicaid waiver services. All Attendant and Independence Waiver participants who live in Phase 3, and are not yet eligible for CHC because they are under 21 years of age, will transition to the OBRA Waiver until they become eligible for CHC.

All Phase 3 (Lehigh/Capital, Northwest, and Northeast counties) SCs serving participants who are under 21 years of age should plan to participate in this webinar.

Please register for one of the following dates:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions regarding this communication, please contact the OLTL Participant Helpline Monday through Friday at 800-757-5042 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm or via email at any time.

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The next Community HealthChoices (CHC) Third Thursday webinar has been scheduled for April 18, 2019 at 1:30 pm.

The agenda for this webinar will include Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) Deputy Secretary Kevin Hancock providing updates on the CHC launch, with a special focus on monitoring report data from both the Southwest and Southeast regions.

If you wish to participate in the webinar, you must register using this link. 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 following login information:
Username: OLL  Password: OLL

Reminder: All CHC related information can be found online here. Comments can be submitted electronically via email.

If you have any questions, please contact the OLTL Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management at 717-857-3280.

Registration is now open for the upcoming Community HealthChoices (CHC) Educational Provider Sessions for Phase three regions of the state. The locations for each region are available on the RSVP pages through the links below.

Additionally, one day-long transportation summit will be held in each region. RSVP for this summit here.

The agenda for each summit is as follows:

  • Registration: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • CHC Overview Presentation: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch/MCO Meet and Greet: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Breakout sessions: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Prior to the summit meetings, emails will be sent to attendees regarding schedule, parking, and event location on each campus. Additionally, there is a CHC Questions and Answers (Q&A) document on the CHC website as a resource for additional questions.

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The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) issued a bulletin today that explains the Functional Eligibility Determination (FED) process, which is used to determine clinical eligibility for Medical Assistance Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Previously, the assessors had used the level of care determination (LCD) tool.

Effective today, OLTL will use the FED process to determine and redetermine whether an individual is nursing facility clinically eligible (NFCE) or nursing facility ineligible (NFI). The FED process is a multi-step process that begins with an assessment and concludes with translating the assessment scores into a determination whether an individual is NFCE.

The bulletin includes details about the various sections of the FED tool itself and provides information on how the assessor enters the information and scores from the FED tool into the Pennsylvania Individualized Assessments (PIA).

Once the assessor enters the scores for an individual into the PIA, the PIA automated program translates the scores into a finding of NFCE or NFI. The bulletin includes a matrix that shows how the scores are translated and also includes examples.

Contact Melissa Dehoff, RCPA Director of Rehabilitation Services, with questions.

2019 marks the official 18th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) — but did you know we can trace its history even further back?

Even before its official declaration, SAAM was about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Looking at the history of the movement to end sexual violence, it’s clear why: it’s impossible to prevent an issue no one knows about, and it’s difficult to make people aware of a problem without providing a solution. The two work in tandem, and they always have. From the civil rights movement to the founding of the first rape crisis centers to national legislation and beyond, the roots of SAAM run deep.

Roots of the Movement
As long as there have been people who care about making the world a better place, there have been individuals advocating for sexual assault prevention. In the United States, movements for social change and equality began to gain traction in the 1940s and 50s with the civil rights era. Although open discussion of the realities of sexual assault and domestic violence were limited at these times, activists for equal rights began to challenge the status quo.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about more than awareness — the ultimate goal is prevention. Since consent is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, this year’s theme centers on empowering all of us to put consent into practice. The campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.

Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. Nearly one in five women in the US have experienced rape or attempted rape at some time in their lives, and one in 67 American men have experienced rape or attempted rape. When we talk about prevention, we mean stopping sexual violence before it even has a chance to happen. This means changing the social norms that allow it to exist in the first place, from individual attitudes, values, and behaviors to laws, institutions, and widespread social norms. Prevention is everyone’s responsibility: All of us can create and promote safe environments. We can intervene to stop concerning behavior, promote and model healthy attitudes and relationships, and believe survivors and assist them in finding resources.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities, and service providers achieve real and lasting change. The center also works with the media to promote informed reporting. Every April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue.

Be sure to share your sexual assault awareness programs and activities on social media, and feel free to share on the RCPA Facebook page and Twitter feed as well.

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The Department of Health’s (DOH) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Advisory Board, established under section 1252 of the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C.A. § 300d-52), will hold a public meeting on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the large conference room of the Community Center, 2nd Floor, Giant Food Store, 2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Currently in Pennsylvania, nearly 250,000 individuals are living with brain injury. Every year, on average, 8,600 residents of this Commonwealth sustain long term disabilities from brain injury. The DOH’s Head Injury Program (HIP) strives to ensure that eligible individuals who have a TBI receive high quality rehabilitative services aimed at reducing functional limitations and improving quality of life. The Advisory Board assists DOH in understanding and meeting the needs of persons living with TBI and their families. This quarterly meeting will provide updates on a variety of topics, including the number of people served by HIP. In addition, meeting participants will discuss budgetary and programmatic issues, community programs relating to traumatic brain injury, and available advocacy opportunities.

For additional information, or for persons with a disability who wish to attend the meeting and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to do so, contact Nicole Johnson, Division of Community Systems Development and Outreach, 717-772-2763, or for speech and/or hearing-impaired persons, contact V/TT 717-783-6514, or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 800-654-5984.

In an effort to become more aware of, and knowledgeable about, specific measures to consider improving the quality, consistency, and effectiveness of the Office of Long-Term Living’s (OLTL) application and enrollment procedure, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI). The RFI will be used to gather information and input concerning the application and enrollment services for the beneficiaries of two Medical Assistance (MA) managed care programs, four 1915(c) MA home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver programs, and a state-funded program, all administered by OLTL.


Specifically, the RFI seeks information to assist DHS in determining how it may improve its LTSS application and enrollment process, including services provided by the OLTL Independent Enrollment Broker (IEB) to individuals who apply for and enroll in the Community HealthChoices (CHC) Program, the Pennsylvania Living Independence for the Elderly Program (LIFE), the Aging Waiver, the Attendant Care Waiver, the Independence Waiver and the OBRA Waiver, and the state-funded Act 150 Attendant Care Program.

DHS is requesting that all responses to the RFI be submitted by 12:00 pm on April 22, 2019. Responses must be submitted electronically to this email account with “OLTL Application and Enrollment Services RFI” in the email subject line. RCPA will establish a work group to review the RFI and compile comments to be submitted by the required deadline.