Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

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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.

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.

Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Announcement 19-071 is intended to instruct Administrative Entities (AEs), Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs) and providers on how to review and submit updates to their entity’s primary and secondary contact information for the Quality Assessment & Improvement (QA&I) Process. To ensure information regarding the QA&I Process is received by all entities, ODP has created the QA&I Contact List which has been posted on the MyODP Training & Resource Center. The document is posted in the “QAI Contact List” section at the following path on MyODP: Resources > ODP Information > QA&I Process.

The identified contact person(s) is the individual(s) whom the entity has designated to receive specific information related to the QA&I Process. Information shall include any unique electronic hyperlinks, access to QA&I Process specific information, ongoing direction and communication from ODP or the AE regarding the QA&I Process, etc.

Please note that the primary contacts identified by each entity will be the individual persons receiving the electronic hyperlink for completion of the self-assessments. For AEs conducting Provider and Agency with Choice (AWC) Financial Management Services (FMS) QA&I onsite reviews, the primary contact will receive the unique hyperlinks necessary to access the tool for completion of onsite review activities. Please review the document posted on MyODP and submit any changes by using the ODP Quality Assessment & Improvement Contact Form.

Changes can be submitted throughout the QA&I year. ODP will post an updated version of the QA&I Contact List spreadsheet at least every two weeks during the months of June to August, and the last Friday of the month during the months of September to May.

As a reminder, it is the responsibility of the entity to ensure that this information remains up to date. Please direct any inquiries, issues or concerns regarding this communication to the QA&I Process mailbox. If there are any questions related to the QA&I Process, please contact the appropriate staff found in the “QA&I ODP Contacts” file. This communication obsoletes ODP Announcement 056-18.

ODP Announcement 19-069 is to inform stakeholders that effective July 1, 2019, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be consolidating the processing of all provider enrollment applications into the Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP). This will include the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). ODP will monitor the provider enrollment application processing to ensure providers continue to be enrolled in accordance with applicable regulations and standards.

The new address to send all paper applications and forms is listed below:

BFFSP Provider Enrollment
PO Box 8045
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8045

The Online Application Service to enroll in the Medical Assistance (MA) Program is available on the department’s website. Paper applications may also be sent via fax to 717-265-8284. Applications may also be sent to the OMAP Email.

Providers are encouraged to submit applications electronically via the online provider enrollment portal whenever possible.

For questions or concerns related to an enrollment application, please call the OMAP Inquiry Line at 800-537-8862. If there is a question for ODP regarding regulations or policy, please submit to ODP email.

ODP Announcement 19-067 announces that registration is open for a series of webinars emphasizing application of the resources, tools, and tips presented at the 2019 ASD Seminar Becoming an Informed Supporter: What You Should Know About Autism. This webinar series will further explain these tools, strategies, and resources, as well as provide examples with an emphasis on application to enhance the support provided to individuals.

This webinar series is an extension for those who attended the 2019 ASD Seminar and an opportunity for those that could not attend to obtain this information. The following areas were presented during the 2019 ASD Seminar: Social Skills, Challenging Behavior & Mental Health, Employment, Family Systems, Community Engagement, and Communication.

Please register for the webinar(s) you plan to attend following the registration links provided:

Date Time Topic Registration Link
6/21/19 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Family Register Here
6/24/19 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Behavior and Mental Health Register Here
6/25/19 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Community Engagement Register Here
6/26/19 10:00 am – 11:00 am Social Skills Register Here
6/28/19 10:00 am – 11:00 am Employment Register Here
6/28/19 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Communication Register Here

For questions about the webinars, submit via email.

ODP Announcement 19-068 announces the availability of more sessions of two-day Person-Centered Thinking Training and provides registration information. This is a professional development opportunity. Training begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm; you must attend both days in order to complete the training and receive a certificate of attendance.

This interactive, two-day training serves as a foundation for everyone involved in supporting people with significant disabilities. During this training, participants will have the opportunity to develop their skills by completing a series of guided exercises. Participants will practice utilizing person-centered thinking resources and techniques. Information gathered using these skills can help teams develop meaningful Individual Support Plans that help people with disabilities achieve an Everyday Life.

Please see the announcement for the 2019–2020 Training Dates and Locations. Pre-registration is required. To register online, use this link. If you have any questions about this training opportunity, please submit via email.