Physical Disabilities & Aging

Early bird registration has been extended for the 2017 RCPA Conference, to be held at the Hershey Lodge, Tuesday to Friday, October 10–13. This is your last chance to take advantage of the discounted early bird rates! The deadline for early bird registration and discounted rates is now Wednesday, September 20. Please be sure to register by Wednesday to receive these special rates.

This year’s annual conference features a Keynote Address from Teresa Miller, newly named

DHS Secretary, as well as two plenary presentations; one from Jean Bennett of SAMHSA and also a panel discussion with Pennsylvania’s Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, OLTL Deputy Secretary Jen Burnett, ODP Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler, OMHSAS Acting Deputy Secretary Ellen DiDomenico, OMAP Deputy Secretary Leesa Allen, and DDAP Acting Deputy Secretary Jen Smith. The moderator for this panel will be Charley Curie, national consultant, past SAMHSA Administrator, and past OMHSAS Deputy Secretary. The conference also features over 70 workshops offering continuing education. New this year is the Executive Level Track of workshops. In addition, there are several networking receptions, an awards dinner, exhibit hall, and entertainment. Register here for early bird savings.

If more information or assistance is needed, please contact Sarah Eyster. We look forward to seeing you in October!

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has extended an invitation to participate in a listening session tomorrow (Friday, August 11, 2017) from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. This listening session is an opportunity to hear about the Partnerships for Innovation, Inclusion, and Independence, which is a proposed grant program that would combine the activities carried out by the State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Statewide Independent Living Councils, and Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Councils into a single state grant program. Please refer to the invite for additional information.

Listening Session Dial-In Information:
Number: 800-857-9877
Participant Code: 8400563

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has announced the availability of a link to an online application for interested individuals to request employment services from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

OVR is a state agency within the Department of Labor and Industry whose mission is “to assist Pennsylvanians with a disability secure and maintain employment and independence.” A person with a disability can either refer themselves, or their service coordinator (SC), advocate, family member, or friend may make a referral.

As a reminder, participants must first seek employment services through OVR before utilizing employment services through the Office of Long-Term Living waivers. To contact the OVR district office in your area, use this link. OVR now has an online application to request services. SCs are strongly encouraged to assist OLTL participants in completing the online application using the attached instructions.

Any questions or concerns regarding the above, including to request an alternate format, should be addressed to Edward Butler via email or phone at 717-214-3718.

On July 28, 2017, an Info was issued regarding the Office of Long-Term Living’s (OLTL’s) proposed waiver amendments to the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA waivers. On August 1, OLTL issued a follow-up email regarding these amendments, as well as some additional information including how to view a side-by-side comparison of the current and revised language, the comment forms, and information on webinars that have been scheduled in August. The webinars will be used to receive comments on the proposed waiver amendments. The information in that email is provided below for additional details. As a reminder, the public comment period on the proposed waiver amendments ends on August 31, 2017.

 

From OLTL
In September 2017, the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will be submitting amendments to the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA waivers. To view a side-by-side comparison of the current and revised language, and to access the amendments in their entirety, please use this link.

 

On this site, select the individual waiver amendment you would like to view under “Related Topics.” All documents are available in alternate format and in paper copy upon request by calling the Office of Long-Term Living Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management at 717-783-8412.

 

Public Input

The July 29, 2017, Volume 47, Number 30 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin contains the public notice announcing amendments to the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA waivers. OLTL is seeking public comment on these waiver amendments. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living, Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management, Attention: Aging Waiver, Attendant Care, Independence, or OBRA Waiver, PO Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025. Comments can also be sent via email using the comment forms that OLTL has provided. The comment forms can be found at this link.

 

On this site, select the individual waiver amendment you would like to view under “Related Topics” and the comment form will be listed in the documents. The public comment period ends on August 31, 2017. Comments received within the 30-day comment period will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the amendments.

 

The Office of Long-Term Living will offer two webinars in August for public input and discussion. The webinars will be held on Monday, August 7, 2017, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and Wednesday, August 16, from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Please see the information below for further details on the scheduled webinars.

 

  • Please register here for the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA Waiver Changes Webinar on August 7, 2017 10:00 am EDT.
  • Please register here for the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA Waiver Changes Webinar on August 16, 2017 1:30 pm EDT.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The connection link you receive will be unique to you and should not be shared with others.

As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Pennsylvania’s “Combined State Plan” is currently in effect from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020. The plan is filled with sections on traditional workforce development programs (CareerLinks®, etc.), but the vocational rehabilitation services portion of the plan – driven by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) – is considered the blueprint for the provision of employment services to persons with disabilities living in Pennsylvania.

WIOA requires states to submit a modification to the plan at the end of year two. OVR must obtain public input prior to amending its particular section. A series of public meetings are being offered to gather that input.

Public meetings: OVR will be utilizing video conference capabilities to broadcast public meetings to each of its district office locations simultaneously. These public meetings will be held on two different days and times:

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (call-in option: 1-800-260-0718; code: 426702)
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm (call-in option: 1-800-260-0718; code: 426705)

The same information will be provided during both meetings, so there is no need to attend both.

The complete public notice about the federal requirements to gather public input, as well as specific information about where the meetings will be held and points of contact at each location, are available here.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has made available for public review and comment the Office of Long-Term Living’s (OLTL) proposed waiver amendments to the following waivers:

The notices were released and will be published in the July 29, 2017 Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments on the proposed waiver amendments submitted within 30 days will be reviewed and considered. They can be submitted to the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living, Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management, Attention: Aging Amendments; Attendant Care Amendments; Independence Amendments; or OBRA Amendments (based on which waiver comments are being submitted), PO Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025. Comments may also be submitted to the Department via email. Use “Aging Waiver Amendments,” “Attendant Care Waiver Amendments,” Independence Waiver Amendments,” or ”OBRA Waiver Amendments” as the subject line depending on which waiver comments are being submitted.

DHS will be holding two webinars on the proposed waiver amendments. The dates and times of the webinars, including the call information, will be posted to the DHS OLTL Waiver Information website or by calling 717-783-8412.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is interested in launching a new payment model that will target behavioral health services and is seeking public comment on what the new effort should look like. On Thursday, July 20 CMS announced that its Innovation Center would like to design a payment or service delivery model to improve health care quality and access for Medicare, Medicaid, or Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions. The model may address the needs of beneficiaries battling substance use or mental health disorders; it could also target Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Innovation Center will be soliciting ideas at a public meeting on Friday, Sept 8 at CMS headquarters in Baltimore. More information about the effort and registration for the meeting is available online.