ODP published Announcement 19-032 to announce that all Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs) and Providers delivering supports and services for participants in the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) program will be integrated into the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) QA&I process beginning July 1, 2019. The QA&I process will replace the existing AAW monitoring process and will be one of the tools used to evaluate the current system of supports and identify ways to improve it for all individuals supported by ODP.
The QA&I process was first introduced in July 2017 with ODP’s ID/A Waiver programs. The process is designed to conduct a comprehensive quality management review of county programs, Administrative Entities, SCOs, and Providers delivering services and supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
The comprehensive quality management review is accomplished using a combination of self-assessment, desk review, onsite review, individual interviews, corrective action, Plan to Prevent Recurrence and quality management plans. The QA&I process occurs over a three-year cycle with each of the entities receiving a full review at least once within that period.
To support this integration, ODP will provide QA&I process training for SCOs and Providers serving AAW participants in the spring of 2019. Look for a date, time, and any specific instructions for this training in a future communication.
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.
The location for the ODP meeting with SCOs on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, is the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA, 717-233-6000. Coffee and tea will be available in the morning. However, lunch will be on our own.
The invitation is open to SCO directors and two additional key staff from your organization. Pre-registration