Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) invites supports professionals, clinical professionals, individuals, and families to engage in three days of presentations focused on empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Throughout the event, over 25 professionals, experts, and pioneers will engage attendees in workshops, breakout sessions, panels, and keynote speeches. Topics include Supporting Families, Caring for Individuals with Complex Needs, Cultural Competence, Education, Future Planning, Self-Advocacy, Dual Diagnosis, and much more.

Discounted rates, as well as partial and full scholarships, will be available. The scholarship application will be released soon. If interested in applying for a scholarship, please submit your inquiry via email. For more information including the full event schedule visit the Everyday Lives website.

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ODP Announcement 19-157 provides information regarding the publication of the Department of Human Services (Department) proposed Fee Schedule Rates for Transportation Trip services that will be added to the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) effective January 1, 2020. Public comment on these proposed changes will be accepted until 11:59 pm on January 7, 2020.

Effective January 1, 2020, the Department proposes to add Transportation Trip as a service available in the Adult Autism Waiver. The amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver that contains this change is currently with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. In anticipation of approval, a public notice was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin Volume 49, Number 49 on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The notice informs stakeholders of the proposed Fee Schedule Rates for Transportation Trip services that will be funded through the AAW.

The title of the notice is Proposed Fee Schedule Rates for Transportation Trip Services Funded Through the Adult Autism Waiver.

One Fee Schedule Rate was developed for each Transportation Trip service zone. Transportation Trip services can be offered by providers who enroll directly with the Department to provide Transportation Trip services or through Organized Health Care Delivery System (OHCDS) providers. The assumption log used to develop these rates is available here.

ODP Announcement 19-158 announces the launch of MyODP News Online, an online site that replaces our monthly newsletter with a resource containing real time online news that is most pertinent to our stakeholders. MyODP News Online is now available via Through this link, stakeholders will receive relevant news and information as it happens. Readers may subscribe to an RSS feed, and eventually may share articles through social media. Past content remains available online.

Stakeholders that previously received the monthly newsletter via listserv will now receive MyODP News Online Weekly Digest. The digest is sent each Friday and contains all the week’s posted news in abstract. Individuals who received SAU1’s self-advocate edited version of the monthly newsletter will continue to receive that publication via regular mail. Readers may send inquiries or suggest story ideas via email.

As we approach the conclusion of the Governor’s Council on Reform public comment period on December 16, 2019, RCPA would like to ensure that each member has the materials for providing their public comments, feedback, and support. RCPA will be submitting commentary within each policy director’s purview, and we strongly urge your agency to submit your thoughts to the Council, including areas and issues that may not be represented in the current recommendations.

If you would like to send your submissions to your respective policy director for inclusion in the RCPA public comment, please have them submitted by close of business on Wednesday December 11, 2019.

Below you will find the links to important documents relating to the Council on Reform, including the Public Comment Submission Form. If you have further questions, please contact your respective RCPA Policy Director.

  1. Governor’s Executive Order
  2. November 1 Press Release
  3. Recommendation Document
  4. Public Comment Form

Thank you for your efforts and partnership to bring these recommendations to the forefront of your work.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) announced 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’s theme is “Rights, Risks, and Restrictions.”

“Data Discoveries,” a feature of Positive Approaches, spotlights useful data presented in ways that are interesting and customizable. “Data Discoveries” will feature a word cloud of thoughts and phrases pertinent to the theme of “Rights, Risks, and Restrictions.” In an effort to learn more about your perceptions of how rights, risks, and restrictions are perceived in the community, the editorial board of Positive Approaches asks for your participation in a brief online survey exploring the words or phrases you feel correspond with these concepts, as they relate to work, experiences, and priorities.

The Positive Approaches Journal is published quarterly. For additional information, please submit inquiries/comments via email.