Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Join the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens for:
ODP Budget Briefing Webinar
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm

This presentation involves a briefing on the Governor’s Proposed State Budget for Fiscal Year 2020–2021, as it pertains to the budget for ODP. Presenting will be Deputy Secretary Ahrens and Rick Smith, Director, Bureau of Financial Management and Program Support. Please register at this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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. This version, dated 1/3/20, replaces all previous versions of Attachment 4.

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

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Health (DOH) have issued an updated Medical Assistance Bulletin. The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the storage, use, and administration of medical marijuana in facilities licensed by the Pennsylvania DOH and Pennsylvania DHS in accordance with the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act.

This bulletin updates MA Bulletin 01-19-45, titled “Medical Marijuana and State Licensure of Facilities and Agencies” issued July 17, 2019, to add two additional licensed facilities, Assisted Living Residences and Personal Care Homes. The previously issued bulletin is obsolete with the issuance of this bulletin.

The responses contained within the bulletin relate only to the state statutes and regulations enforced by the Departments. The Departments cannot make any representations or guarantees about the position of any other state or federal law enforcement or regulatory entity. The Departments strongly recommend that providers consult with their legal counsel with any questions or concerns related to state or federal medical marijuana requirements not specifically addressed in this document.

This bulletin applies to all Facilities Regulated by the following:

  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (relating to Personal Care Homes)
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2800 (relating to Assisted Living Residences)
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3270 (relating to Child Day Care Centers)
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3280 (relating to Group Child Day Care Homes)
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3290 (relating to Family Child Day Care Homes)
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3800 (relating to Child Residential and Day Treatment Facilities)
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 5310 (relating to Community Residential Rehabilitation Services for the Mentally Ill)
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6400 (relating to Community Homes for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability)
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6600 (relating to Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability)
  • 28 Pa. Code Part IV (relating to Health Facilities)

Department of Human Services Office of Policy Development
PO Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2675
General Office Number 717-265-8347

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News from ANCOR:


Washington, D.C. – Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and all Democratic members of the Finance Committee today called on the Trump administration to end its harmful attacks on the Medicaid program, which provides essential health care to more than 70 million Americans. The letter comes ahead of the committee’s hearing on the president’s budget.

“This Administration in coordination with your Department has taken every opportunity to try to gut Medicaid and put critical health coverage for millions of vulnerable Americans on the chopping block,” the senators wrote. “It is time for the Trump Administration’s ongoing assault on the Medicaid program to end. The public has spoken loud and clear – Medicaid serves as a lifeline to millions of Americans and their loved ones, and they do not want to see it block granted, capped, or gutted.” 

Last month, the Trump administration announced new guidance for the Medicaid program that would hand states a playbook to implement block grants. In return for placing arbitrary funding caps on its Medicaid program, the state would get unprecedented authority to cut benefits and access to care, including prescription drugs, and further restrict coverage by charging unaffordable premiums and cost sharing, and implementing arbitrary paperwork requirements. This week, the Trump administration followed up to their illegal guidance with a budget that proposes to gut Medicaid by nearly $1 trillion, block grant and cap the program, and push their failed paperwork requirements on all states.

Such policies would lead to devastating cuts to Medicaid, jeopardizing affordable, comprehensive care for millions of Americans benefiting from the Medicaid expansion and endangering health care for millions more, including seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for nursing and home-based care, children and individuals with complex needs who depend on Medicaid to get the help they deserve to stay and thrive in their communities and at school, those suffering from opioid use disorders who count on Medicaid to get the treatment they so desperately need, and individuals impacted by public health emergencies in need of critical care.

The full letter can be found here.

Joining Ranking Member Wyden on the letter are Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Maria Cantwell, D-Wa., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Tom Carper. D-Del., Ben Cardin, D-Md., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Mark Warner, D-Va., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Catherine Cortez-Masto, D-Nev.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has received many questions and requests for clarification from stakeholders regarding Medication Administration contained in 55 Pa. Code §§6100.461 – 6100.469. ODP Announcement 20-014 was developed to communicate requested guidance as well as two attached documents: 1) A Medication Administration Question and Answer document; and 2) A Medication Administration Training Requirements by Service document. The Question and Answer document will be continually updated as questions and requests for clarification are received.

To request technical assistance or submit a question, please use this email address.

Additionally, in order to provide guidance on accessing the correct Medication Administration Training websites and to announce 2020 Face-to-Face Medication Administration Course information, ODP published Announcement 20-015. The Medication Administration Course is applicable to employees working in the following Department of Human Services (DHS) or Department of Aging licensed environments:

  • Chapter 2380: Adult Training Facilities
  • Chapter 2390: Vocational Facilities
  • Chapter 2600: Personal Care Homes
  • Chapter 2800: Assisted Living
  • Chapter 3800: Child Residential and Day Treatment Facilities
  • Chapter 6400: Community Homes for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities that serve eight (8) or fewer individuals
  • Chapter 6600: Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities that serve eight (8) or fewer individuals
  • Chapter 6600: Intermediate Care Facilities for Other Related Conditions that serve eight (8) or fewer individuals
  • Title 6 Aging, Chapter 11: Adult Day Services

Use this link to access the Trainer Registration/Course site.


ODP Announcement 20-013 informs all staff who became certified during Calendar Years 2016 and 2018 that they are required to become recertified by December 31, 2020 in order to retain their certification. Access to the recertification materials will be available only to those who were certified in 2016 and 2018 and are due for recertification in 2020.

Recertification modules and the accompanying test are available in MyODP at this link.

Recertification applicants will have two attempts – 24 hours apart – to achieve a score of 84%. If recertification applicants wait until the end of the year, they will need to take the test on December 30, 2020 and wait 24 hours to take the test again on the last day, December 31, 2020. If a recertification applicant waits until December 31, 2020 to take the test, they will have only one attempt as the exam will close at midnight on December 31, 2020.

Becoming recertified is highly recommended for staff already certified. Recertification supports the advancement of quality management (QM) skills, knowledge, and expertise, because those who are pursuing recertification are given additional tools and a more in-depth review of information not previously covered in the QM Modules or the face-to-face class. Questions may be directed to this email.