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The Commonwealth is transitioning to a new vendor for digital fingerprinting, IDEMIA. The first day you can register with IDEMIA, and be fingerprinted at an IdentoGO site, is Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Appointments to be fingerprinted are not required, but preregistration is required. Once registered, you may walk in during a location’s posted hours of operation, but scheduling an appointment may lead to lesser/no wait times. In order to pre-register for an FBI background check and/or find a fingerprinting location, applicants should access this website. IDEMIA uses service codes when identifying the authorized purpose for why an applicant is being fingerprinted. This ensures applicants are processed for the correct purpose and agency.

Service codes are a required field for all pre-registrations, and the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) codes are provided below. If an applicant does not have a service code, this information will also be available online, under “GET A CLEARANCE.” In addition, a service code look-up tool will be available on the PASafeCheck website on November 28, by following the registration question prompts.

Below are the service codes available for applicants applying under the DHS:

Service Code Applicant Type Department
1KG6ZJ DHS Volunteer Department of Human Services
1KG71B Foster Parent Department of Human Services
1KG72V Prospective Adoptive Parent Department of Human Services
1KG738 Child Care Services/Program Employee or Contractor Department of Human Services
1KG74S Family Child Care Home Provider Department of Human Services
1KG756 Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children Department of Human Services
1KG76Q Individual >=18 Years in Foster Home Department of Human Services
1KG774 Individual >=18 Years in Prospective Adoptive Home Department of Human Services
1KG78K Individual >=18 Years in Licensed Child Care Home Department of Human Services
1KG8TG Individual >=18 Years in Family Living, Community, or Host Home Department of Human Services

Below you will find Service Code forms for each applicant type under DHS. These forms can be provided to applicants and/or used as instructions for agencies, employers, applicants, or websites. The documents also list the allowable valid, unexpired identification documents that applicants can bring as their proof of identity when getting fingerprinted. Please share this information with all affiliates, partners, contracted agencies, and respective applicants.

Service Code Forms:

In conjunction with the Department of General Services and the Pennsylvania State Police, IDEMIA continues to implement fingerprint locations across Pennsylvania, which is expected to be fully implemented in the coming months.

If you are an agency who was a previous fingerprint site through Cogent, and would like your location to remain a Commonwealth affiliated fingerprint site or become a fingerprint site, visit this web page. At the bottom of that page is a link to IDEMIA’s Partner Inquiry Form. You can express interest by providing them with your business’ information. Your inquiry will go to their Partner Team for follow-up. If there is no need in your specific area, you will be notified of this and IDEMIA will hold onto your information until a need arises. Private Partner agreements are also available if your agency would like the ability to fingerprint employees, but are not offering fingerprinting services to the public.

IDEMIA also offers employers the option to pay for services using a No Charge Authorization Code (NCAC), which is backed by a credit card provided during the account setup. To use this method for payment, the employer must complete and submit the IDEMIA NCAC Agreement. This document provides more information regarding this option, as well as the required forms. The forms will also be available on the IDEMIA website. The account must be established prior to sending applicants to the fingerprint site.

If you have additional questions, please contact IDEMIA by phone, toll-free at 844-321-2101.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers 14 self-paced online business courses to behavioral health organizations and providers through BHbusiness. The courses are available at no cost and participants can earn continuing education credits at their own pace.

New courses include Value-Based Purchasing and Bundled Payments. Other course offerings include:

  • Data-Driven Decision Making;
  • New Business Planning;
  • Assessing Your Readiness in Integrating Primary Care;
  • Costing Out Your Services;
  • Effectively Marketing Your Services;
  • Exploring Affiliations and Mergers;
  • Improving Your Third Party Billing System;
  • Planning For the Next Generation of HIT (Health Information Technology);
  • State Assessment on Sustaining SUD Service for Safety Net Populations;
  • Strategic Business Decision Making;
  • Third Party Contract Negotiations; and
  • Eligibility and Enrollment: The ACA, Insurance Eligibility, and Your Business.

The link to the registration page can be found here.

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” — Brené Brown

Register for NatCon18 – the National Council Conference – to experience the dynamic Brené Brown and her life-affirming message. Dr. Brown challenges us to view vulnerability in a new way – as a source of courage.

More than 30 million people have viewed her life-changing TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability, and she has written four New York Times #1 best-sellers based on her 16 years of research on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy.

You can expect the most provocative and relevant speakers and educational offerings in behavioral health at NatCon18. More than 5,000 attendees expect the very best – and they get it.

Register today for NatCon18 and remember to take advantage of the RCPA Member Discount!

Overdose deaths from heroin and prescription drug abuse pose a public health crisis. In 2016, 4,642 drug-related overdose deaths were reported in Pennsylvania – an increase of 37 percent from 2015 – and every day 13 Pennsylvanians die of a drug overdose.

Yesterday, President Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. This declaration will allow states to redirect federal funds to the opioid crisis. However, it provides no new federal funding. RCPA was pleased to learn that President Trump proposed relaxing the Institutions of Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for inpatient substance use disorder treatment. The IMD exclusion, which bars Medicaid payment for services delivered in certain facilities with 16 or more beds, has been a major barrier against patients accessing treatment. Pennsylvania officials have stated on numerous occasions that they clearly understand the severity of the IMD exclusion and are working on numerous ways to resolve the problem. Trump’s announcement will likely make that easier to accomplish. This announcement may also allow for expanded access to telemedicine, including remote prescribing for medication-assisted treatment.

Governor Wolf stated that “President Trump’s decision to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency is an important step, but this is only the beginning.” He added that “Without a commitment to fund the crisis in specific ways, it’s difficult to say how much this declaration can do. While an awareness of this critical health emergency is important, an increased availability of grant money would help. Every effort to fund treatment, including medication-assisted treatment options, should be explored.”

Pennsylvania has numerous efforts underway to respond to this crisis. Governor Tom Wolf announced at the end of September that Pennsylvania, through its Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), had been awarded a $5.7 million Medication-Assisted Treatment Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, to help in the state’s ongoing fight against the opioid epidemic. The US Department of Health and Human Services also awarded Pennsylvania a $26.5 million grant, funded by the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2016. Pennsylvania will soon award four $1 million federal PA Coordinated MAT grants to providers in Pennsylvania, via the 21st Century CURES grant funding. Over the next two years, the grant is intended to help combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. In addition, 45 Centers of Excellence (COE) have been implemented to better initiate people into — and keep them engaged in — treatment. DDAP is also working to expand the “warm handoff” process to get overdose survivors directly into treatment. DDAP has implemented a hotline to direct people needing help with treatment (800-662-HELP).

RCPA members have welcomed these initiatives, but members continue to emphasize the need for more funding for basic services. Many rates provided do not even cover the full cost of treatment; the drug and alcohol program has been chronically underfunded for many years. Increased capacity and improved access must be fully funded and that will take new and additional resources. Persons and families struggling for help with an opioid addiction should not have to wait for beds/placements — it is a matter of life or death.

Contact Lynn Cooper, RCPA Director, Drug & Alcohol Division, with any questions.

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is offering two opportunities to attend a free conference in Harrisburg and in Scranton this November. The conference is open to stakeholders who focus on services for prenatal through third grade.

The conference will be held in:

*Act 48, PQAS, and Infant/Toddler credits are offered.