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Agency With Choice

ODP Announcement 19-104 provides a list of current AWC FMS organizations that are available to support participants and surrogates who have chosen to self- direct some or all their Participant Directed Services (PDS) using the AWC FMS model and are in the Consolidated, Community Living, and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waiver

ODP requires each AE to have at least one qualified AWC FMS organization to provide AWC FMS. The table at the end of this document provides a complete listing of the AWC FMS organizations and the area in which they provide services across the state.

If there are any changes to the information contained in the table, the AWC or AE should notify the regional FMS lead.

These AWC FMS organizations are not to be confused with the statewide Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) FMS organization. Currently, ODP contracts with Palco Inc. to provide FMS to waiver participants who elect to use the VF/EA FMS model.

For more information, regarding the two FMS models (AWC and VF/EA), please visit
MY ODP.org.

ODP released two announcements regarding Wage Ranges and Benefit Allowances for Specific Participant Directed Services that will become effective with the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.

ODP Announcement 19-075 is in regard to Agency with Choice (AWC) for AWC Financial Management Services (FMS), participants utilizing the AWC FMS model, managing employers, Support Service Professionals (SSPs), Administrative Entities (AEs), and Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs). The announcement includes wage ranges and hourly benefits allowances attachments and tables.  There is guidance regarding enhanced communication and a new procedure code for the Chore Service. Homemaker is a separate service. The wage ranges for both services are the same and remain unchanged from FY 2018/19.

ODP Announcement 19-076 applies to the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) services. This announcement also contains wage ranges and hourly benefits allowances attachments and tables, as well as guidance regarding enhanced communication.

Contact Carol Ferenz, RCPA IDD Division Director, with questions.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has issued updated provider agreements that must be completed and returned to ODP by May 1. All providers of Waiver Services in Pennsylvania, including Supports Coordination Organizations (SCO) and Agency With Choice (AWC), must sign and return the ODP IDA Waiver Provider Agreement. Each waiver provider only needs to submit one provider agreement for the legal entity, regardless of the number of services provided or the number of service locations operated by the legal entity.

The provider agreement is essentially the same as the current agreement with the addition of the Community Living Waiver, with an effective date of January 1, 2018, and the addition of condition number two. Condition number two states that the provider agrees “To comply with the approved waiver; including all standards enumerated in the service definition(s) which the Waiver Provider will be rendering, provider qualification requirements and other requirements established by the Department as outlined in the approved waivers.” The letter that was sent to providers from Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler can be found here.