Authors Posts by Carol Ferenz

Carol Ferenz


The Office of Developmental Programs reminds providers and Supports Coordination Organizations that in accordance with Announcement 21-086: American Rescue Plan Act: One-Time Supplemental Payment to Address Recruitment, Retention, and COVID-19 Related Staff Expenses, the deadline to request a supplemental payment is January 31, 2022.

You can find the Provider Attestation Form for One-Time Supplemental Payment here.

The following is a list of PA Family Network Event dates for workshops, the monthly Family Forum: Updates, as well as the Sibling Good Life Group Meeting. You can find below the flyers that contain event descriptions and details. All events are virtual through Zoom, with links in the flyers.

NOTE: All Workshop and Family Forum events use the same Zoom Link. The Sibling Group uses a different Zoom link.

Waiver Basics (101) Part 2 Workshop
February 1, 2022 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Safety in the Community Workshops
February 3, 2022 10:00 am–12:00 pm
February 8, 2022 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Sibling Good Life Group
February 7, 2022 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 1 for SIBLINGS
February 9, 2022 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 2 for SIBLINGS
February 10, 2022 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Healthy Relationships Workshop
February 15, 2022 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Family Forum: Updates
February 16, 2022 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

PLANEANDO A LARGO PLAZO Workshop (Long-Term Planning in Spanish)
February 21, 2022 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Waiver Basics (101) Part 1 Workshop
February 22, 2022 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Waiver Basics (101) Part 2 Workshop
February 22, 2022 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 1
February 24, 2022 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Advanced Waiver Workshop Part 2
February 24, 2022 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

ODP Announcement 22-007 informs providers that the new Fee Schedule Rates and Department-established fees are anticipated to be visible on Individual Support Plans (ISPs) in HCSIS on February 14, 2022.

The anticipated effective date for the increased Fee Schedule Rates is January 1, 2022; however, the effective date in the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS) will be February 15, 2022. The anticipated effective date for the Department-established fees for residential ineligible services is July 1, 2022, and HCSIS will reflect the same effective date. Both the Fee Schedule Rates and Department-established fees for residential ineligible services will be visible in HCSIS on February 14, 2022.

Of note, on January 6, 2022, the P/FDS cap was increased to $41,000, and the Community Living Waiver cap was increased to $85,000.

This communication provides guidance and addresses Individual Support Plan (ISP) related impacts.

Pennsylvania’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is committed to assisting individuals with disabilities find competitive integrated employment in the community. OVR is looking for feedback to strengthen agency partnerships and enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities in PA. OVR is outreaching to individuals working in 14(c) facilities (sheltered employment/subminimum wage employment) and their support networks to learn more about how OVR can provide services effectively. If you would like to provide feedback to us, we invite you to complete one of the surveys below:

  • You can access the Individual Survey here.
  • You can access the Support Networks Survey here.

Kim Robinson, MS, CRC | Division Chief, Transition and 511
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation | Bureau of Central Operations
531 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
o: 412-209-4524 | c: 412.932.6149 | f: 412.565.7587

Learn more about OVR.

Please help the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health find out what is needed to support transition age youth with special health care needs/disabilities. The Bureau is working with PEAL to outreach to families and will be asking questions about transition planning, bullying, safe relationships, and reproductive health and sexuality.

A $25 Gift Card will be provided per family. We are looking for young adults (12–21) to participate by themselves and also for young adults to participate with their family member to support communication. You can view the flyer for more details here.

Registration for Youth Only
If you are younger than 18, please ask your parent/guardian to register with you.

Registration for Youth Attending with Parent/Family Caregiver

You will need to fill out a form to receive your $25 gift card. If you are ages 12–17 and participating alone in the focus group, you will need parent signatures to receive a gift card and a release form to participate. The links to complete the forms below. Please save and send to Mary Hartley, whose contact information is also below.

If you need any accommodations, support, or have questions, please contact Mary Hartley via email or call (412) 281-4404, ext. 208. We are happy to help!

Register for the Mid-Atlantic Regional APSE Event
Monday, March 7, 2022
9:00 am–12:00 PM

APSE’s Mid-Atlantic Region includes state chapters in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.

The Mid-Atlantic Region will have 2.5 hours of educational content focusing on Using Assistive Technology in the Workplace and Leadership and Management Development. PLUS networking opportunities to meet peers within your region.

Registration: $25 for members/$35 for non-members. Business members register free! You are welcome to attend any of the events with a separate registration.

Register, and even if you can’t make it, you’ll have access to the content and recording for 30 days.

Continuing Education Credit: After the live event, APSE will provide proof of attendance for any credentials or a continuing education credit. The regional events are pre-approved for 2.5 hours of CESP Continuing Education.

Find Your Chapter on the APSE Website!