Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Based on the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act enacted in 2014, the state’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is required to write its own stand-alone annual state plan, “Vocational Rehabilitation Services Portion of the Combined State Plan.” This is a four-year workforce development strategy. The combined state plan will be available for public comment in January of 2016.

SCO Committee Clarification
The December 10, 2015, 9:00-11:00 am SCO Committee meeting is for RCPA’s Supports Coordination Organizations that are ODP funded. It is not for Service Coordination under the OLTL waivers.

Benjamin Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit filed against the state in 2009, Benjamin v. Department of Public Welfare, with a settlement agreement finalized in 2014, focuses on transitioning 80 individuals from state centers to the community by June 30, 2015. Since these transfers were not accomplished, an independent reviewer has been retained by the settlement parties to address the reasons and seek recommendations.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) issued this Request for Information (RFI) to seek input for improving Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP). By soliciting the knowledge of stakeholders and industry leaders from Pennsylvania and throughout the United States, the department seeks to broaden its perspectives regarding potential strategies and solutions to enhance efficiencies and management of non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services for Medical Assistance (MA) consumers.

Home Care Rule
Linda Drummond, RCPA director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Division, is working with the PA State Independent Living Council and Temple’s Institute on Disabilities, to determine the impact of the new US Department of Labor’s Home Care Rule on providers. Please share any questions, issues, or recommendations regarding this rule with Linda Drummond, for inclusion with the document being developed for the Department of Human Services, on areas of concern impacting service providers on implementation of this rule. This may be impacting LifeSharing/Shared Living, Participant Directed, and Companionship services.

Governor Tom Wolf has issued a proclamation, stating “October is Disability Employment Awareness Month.” This recognizes individuals with disabilities and promotes awareness of employment options and initiatives for these individuals.

The state’s efforts on Employment First are in collaboration with the Department of Human Services and Department of Labor and Industry. This also includes