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PA Office of Developmental Programs

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 MyODP.org. 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.

Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Communication 19-152 announces that the final public notice for fee schedule rates and Department-established fees have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

A public notice will appear in the Pennsylvania Bulletin Volume 49, Number 47 on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The notice informs stakeholders of the final Fee Schedule Rates and Department-established fees. The title of the notice is Fee Schedule Rates and Department-Established Fees for Consolidated, Community Living and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers Services, Targeted Support Management and the Community Intellectual Disability Base-Funded Program.

The final Fee Schedule Rates and Department-established fees represent the maximum rates that the Department will pay and can be accessed on the Department’s website. Please note that the link in the public notice is no longer accurate as the DHS website was updated in the past week.

Section 6100.571(c) requires the Department to update the data used to establish the fee schedule rates at least every three years. When the data is updated, the Department will publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of the Fee Schedule Rates. In the future, the Department will only publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of the Fee Schedule Rates for Targeted Support Management and select services funded through the Consolidated, Community Living and P/FDS waivers and the Department-established fees for residential ineligible services when the rates are changed.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by 11:59 pm on December 23, 2019, regarding the final Fee Schedule Rates and Department-established fees to the Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Division of Provider Assistance and Rate Setting, 4th Floor, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Comments can also be sent via email. Use subject header ”PN Fee Schedule.”

ODP reissued Announcement 19-049 in order to remind providers of the continued opportunity of

Getting Connected to the Community: Practical Skills for Building Person Centered Community Connections and to provide contact information for interested parties.

This interactive, three-hour training serves as a foundation for individuals receiving the Community Participation Support (CPS) service and their support teams. During this training, individuals, families, and their support teams (provider staff, Supports Coordinators) come together to brainstorm about and plan for building/enhancing person centered community connections. Training participants will practice utilizing person-centered thinking resources and techniques in the context of CPS. Information gathered using these skills can help teams develop meaningful plans for the implementation of CPS.

Provider agencies are invited to host this training at their local sites. Trainers will work with the provider agency to schedule the training on a date and time that work for the individuals, families, support teams, agency staff, and trainers. The training is designed for a maximum of 30 participants. The provider agency is asked to provide a space to hold a maximum of 30 people working in small groups. The trainers bring all of the training equipment and supplies.

If you are interested in hosting this training at your agency or have any questions, please submit your request via email. You can also call Jeff Wheeler at 800-446-5607 ext. 6881 or 412-826-6881, or Melissa Mecke at 717-901-2164.

ODP Announcement 19-150 is to inform stakeholders that Pennsylvania will formally request a Good Faith Effort (GFE) Exemption from CMS to delay the implementation of the electronic visit verification (EVV) mandate. More time is needed in order to allow providers to fully prepare for EVV. ODP has heard from many providers who are using Alternate EVV systems and have been working with Sandata to certify their systems for integration with the DHS Aggregator. Since the time for certification is taking longer than originally projected, the Department is seeking an extension to allow additional time for these systems to go through the necessary testing with Sandata and become integrated to feed EVV data to the DHS Aggregator.

The Department is seeking a GFE to extend the soft launch period and to delay the denial of payments. The timeframe between system launch and the EVV mandate is referred to as the soft launch. The soft launch is an opportunity to:

  • Test and interface Alternate EVV systems
  • Familiarize providers with EVV prior to claims integration. Claims will continue to pay and EVV errors will appear on remittance advice.
  • Inform policy and system development
  • Help the Department identify and develop supplemental training materials
  • Facilitate EVV participation by caregivers and members

If approved by CMS, the GFE will allow the Department to extend the soft launch period and implement a tiered compliance structure before the denial of payments. EVV system implementation, training, and vendor interfacing will proceed on the current project schedule. Since the exemption has not yet been approved, providers are still required to begin using EVV by January 1, 2020. Provider participation will produce valuable data for system modification and policy development.

Please visit the DHS EVV website to view the ODP EVV technical guidance, public meeting notices, training resources, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

ODP Announcement 19-149 releases data collected from Provider Self-Assessment Reports completed in 2018. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a final rule regarding Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) Settings in 2014. The final rule requires states to assess all residential and non-residential settings which receive funding or payment through an approved HCBS waiver. ODP developed a self-assessment for providers of these services to complete for each location.

In 2018, providers completed the self-assessment of over 6,000 Residential and Non-Residential service locations. The data was analyzed, and two reports were created:

For questions pertaining to these reports, please submit via email.

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ODP has announced training opportunities available in December 2019. The first is a webinar by Dr. Mark Salzer, Professor of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University, and the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities. Dr. Salzer will discuss the critical role community inclusion plays in the health and overall well-being for people with disabilities and provide evidence underlying the importance of community inclusion and participation for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He will then introduce the fundamentals of promoting community inclusion required to make inclusion a reality.

The webinar is scheduled for Monday, December 9 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am and will allow an opportunity for questions. Please use the MyODP posting location Life in the Community Like Everyone Else Course Posting to listen to the webinar recording if you are unable to participate. The recording will be available 48 hours after the webinar concludes.

Also in December, additional Supports Broker Certification Classes have been scheduled through Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities.

Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13, 2019
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (CIL)
713 N 13 St
First Floor, Odhner Conference Room A & B
Allentown, PA 18102
Registration Deadline: December 2, 2019

Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 2020
Disability Empowerment Center (DEC)
CIL – Conference room
941 Wheatland Ave #201
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone 717-394-1890

Registration Deadline: Feb 18, 2019

Please visit MyODP.com to complete the online modules and register for courses. Registration for the March 2020 class will open in January. Please contact Denise Beckett with questions and accommodation inquiries.