Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

ODP Announcement 19-106 announces 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 focuses on Meaningful Community Engagement and highlights thoughts and cases from the field. This “new” Positive Approaches Journal is in digital form, available for viewing online or for downloading here. The journal is published quarterly. Please send any questions via email.

Time is running out to save on your registrations for IMPACT, the 2019 Annual Conference! Early bird registration ends on Tuesday, September 3. The conference theme is focused on RCPA members impacting legislative, administrative, regulatory, and budget processes.

An interactive registration brochure has been prepared for download to provide essential information on the go. This brochure also indicates how to log into the conference app. The conference website is also available with information about all scheduled activities and details about workshops, exhibitors, and other events. Online registration is available both directly from this link and through the conference website.

  • Remember to make your hotel reservations before the room block expires on September 3.
  • Attendees will find the final agenda, workshops, and handouts through the conference website on or about September 10.
  • The RCPA mobile app is now available to registrants; the password for 2019 is rcpaconf.

Mark your calendars for September 24–27 and join the RCPA Conference Committee, Board of Directors, and staff at the Hershey Lodge. Questions about the conference may be directed to Sarah Eyster, conference coordinator, or Tieanna Lloyd, conference registrar.

Speaker at Business Conference and Presentation. Audience at the conference hall.

Registration for the 12th Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC), Thursday and Friday, September 5-6 in Lancaster, PA is now open. PATC is an excellent training and networking opportunity for supports coordinators, employment service providers, job coaches, direct support professionals, residential service workers, community support providers, and any other professional who supports individuals with autism of all ages.

PATC gives providers a chance to learn about important topics like autism and the justice system, engage with experts at a mentoring breakfast, earn continuing education and training credits, and enjoy an evening networking reception with other providers across Pennsylvania. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Can’t attend in person? Don’t worry! Check out the ASERT Facebook Page to view live interviews with presenters!

Contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp with questions.


ODP Announcement 19-105 announces that an updated version of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Contact Information for ID/Autism Coordinators is now available. On February 14, 2019, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) released Bulletin 00-19-01, OVR Referral Process for ODP Employment-Related Services.

Attachment 4 to the bulletin is the OVR Contact Information for ID/Autism Coordinators. Attached, please find an updated version of this contact information. This version, dated 8/14/19, replaces all previous versions of Attachment 4.

This updated contact information and Bulletin 00-19-01 in its entirety can be found on the MyODP Employment page.

ODP Announcement 19-104 provides a list of current AWC FMS organizations that are available to support participants and surrogates who have chosen to self- direct some or all their Participant Directed Services (PDS) using the AWC FMS model and are in the Consolidated, Community Living, and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waiver

ODP requires each AE to have at least one qualified AWC FMS organization to provide AWC FMS. The table at the end of this document provides a complete listing of the AWC FMS organizations and the area in which they provide services across the state.

If there are any changes to the information contained in the table, the AWC or AE should notify the regional FMS lead.

These AWC FMS organizations are not to be confused with the statewide Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) FMS organization. Currently, ODP contracts with Palco Inc. to provide FMS to waiver participants who elect to use the VF/EA FMS model.

For more information, regarding the two FMS models (AWC and VF/EA), please visit