Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


This multi-module training was developed by the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in conjunction with the Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training (ASERT) Collaborative. This training was designed as a foundational training and as a resource for professionals who are supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The SPeCTRUM 2.0 training course is required for all Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) or Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) providers, before enrolling as a provider and before providing services. The training is housed on the MyODP training platform. This training consists of 9 modules; the total time to complete it is approximately 7 hours. You can view the training in its entirety, or you can view each module separately.


Date of Data Extraction: 8/5/2020

This report is produced using data on COVID-19 that is self-reported by ODP providers and Supports Coordinators. ODP began capturing this data in mid-March 2020.

COVID-19 Suspected means that a person has been tested for the COVID-19 virus and is awaiting the test results OR a test has been ordered by a health care practitioner, but the person has not been tested yet.

COVID-19 Confirmed means that a person was tested for the COVID-19 virus and test was positive OR was diagnosed with COVID-19 by a health care practitioner even if no test was completed.

Tested Negative means that a person was tested for the COVID-19 virus and test was negative.

COVID-19 data for individuals with an intellectual disability or autism is captured using the Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) system. Data is captured for individuals who:

  • Reside in a private Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability;
  • Receive Home and Community-based (HCBS) Waiver services;
  • Receive base-funded services; or
  • Reside in ODP-licensed settings but do not receive HCBS Waiver or base-funded services, e.g. are private-pay or whose services are funded by another state.

Data for Pennsylvanians with an intellectual disability or autism who are not known to ODP (i.e. who do not fall into one of the above categories) is not captured.

COVID-19 data for staff persons who support the individuals identified above was captured using an email resource account maintained by ODP through June 10, 2020. From June 10 forward providers report staff COVID-19 data via a web-based form developed by ODP. “Staff” include any staff employed by the service provider. Supports Coordinators who have no physical contact with enrolled individuals since mid-March are not included.

ODP COVID Chart 08-05-20


  • The amount of time between testing for COVID-19 and obtaining the test results may be as much as 7 days.
  • It takes 24 hours for data submitted through EIM or through the resource account to be available to ODP for aggregate, statewide reporting.
  • Data is not validated against Department of Health records.
  • Data on confirmed, tested negative and deaths is cumulative.
  • Effective June 10, 2020 ODP transitioned to a web-based tool for the reporting of Staff COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 Data for ODP licensed residential settings and private ICFs by county can be found here.

COVID-19 Data for State Centers is updated daily and can be found here.


The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is hosting an accessible transportation-focused crowdsourcing event, DOT’s Accessibility Strategic Plan Framework Online Dialogue. DOT is currently taking steps to ensure that America’s transportation system is accessible to all travelers. As part of this effort, DOT is implementing an accessibility strategic plan to ensure a unified vision and clear path forward to continue to remove barriers in transportation access for people with disabilities. Now through August 16, 2020, DOT is seeking to tap into the knowledge of the disability community, researchers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and others to provide input to its Accessibility Strategic Plan Framework’s accessibility goals. The ideas, comments, and votes submitted during the DOT’s Accessibility Strategic Plan Framework Online Dialogue will be considered when drafting the full strategic plan that will be released at the end of 2020. You may join the dialogue anytime between now and August 16 to submit your ideas or to comment and vote on ideas submitted by others.

As part of DHS Secretary Teresa Miller’s update, please see this latest message regarding DHS’ actions in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This contains the information shared by Secretary Miller during the stakeholder call on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The document highlights responses to ongoing questions and answers asked during the webinars and includes updated information on funding, regulatory waivers, reopening guidance, and other resources. If you have any questions, please contact your RCPA Policy Director.

ODP Announcement 20-094 provides an update regarding the Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) interim review process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020–2021 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ODP received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through an Appendix K amendment to conduct a QA&I “interim” review for FY 20–21 and to delay the implementation of Cycle 2, Year 1 activities until FY 21–22. The approved changes for the interim review period include:

  • The QA&I activities will begin on September 1, 2020 and end on March 31, 2021
  • The timeframe under review will be July 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020 (unless otherwise specified)

The announcement also provides specifics regarding the sampling, tools, individual interviews, self-assessments, desk & onsite reviews, entrance and exit conferences, spreadsheet, corrective action plan, and the comprehensive report.

The updated resources and materials for the interim review are available on the MyODP Training & Resource Center and can be accessed using the following path: Resources > ODP Information > QA&I Process. Please send questions via email directly to the QA&I Process Mailbox.

ODP Announcement 20-095 provides a revision to Announcement 20-074 published on June 17, 2020 related to CPS retainer payments. For the period of July 1 through September 30, 2020, ID/A Waiver funds, under authority of the approved Appendix K waiver amendment, will be used to make retainer payments to CPS providers.

After evaluation of the re-opening status for facility-based CPS services, ODP has determined that all facilities that have submitted the Provider Attestation Form as per instructions in ODP Announcement 20-085 will receive a July retainer calculated at 50% of average monthly billing for 7/1/19–2/29/2020.

There is no change to the calculations described in Announcement 20-074 for retainer payments for August and September. July retainer payments are anticipated to be dispersed in the third (3rd) week of August.

To be eligible for retainer payments in July, August and September, providers are reminded they must complete and submit the Provider Attestation Form for Retainer Payments.

The Appendix K amendments approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 18, 2020 and July 23, 2020, require ODP to conduct an analysis of any retainer payments made for the period of July 1 through September 30, 2020, and reconcile the payments if needed to ensure that no duplicate payments have been made for services rendered. Additional details will be provided by ODP on the payment dates and reconciliation process.