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Melissa Dehoff

Melissa Dehoff is responsible for all medical rehabilitation and brain injury service issues. Ms. Dehoff attends multiple state-level meetings to advocate on behalf of members on brain injury and rehabilitation issues and is a member of the Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board.

The Brain Injury Coalition’s Brain Injury Awareness Day has been announced for October 17, 2023, beginning at 10:30 am with a briefing in the main rotunda of the Capitol. A number of key legislators and members of the BI Caucus will speak at the event, including Representative Tim Briggs, Representative Ann Flood, Senator Tim Kearney, and Senator Ryan Aument. Following the briefing, there will be legislative visits, a reception from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, and a brain injury panel from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Additional information about the day is available here.

Senior woman with her caregiver at home

House Resolution (HR) 165, which was introduced by Representative Kim, directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a study on the effect of workforce shortages on State-supported Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver programs as well as the PA lottery-funded OPTIONS programs in the state. If the Resolution passes, LBFC will have 7 months to conduct the study. RCPA will keep members apprised on the status of the resolution.

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Mind Your Brain Foundation recently announced they will join forces with Beechwood NeuroRehab, a brain injury provider who is part of the Woods System of Care that provides lifelong care to individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and critical mental health needs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This collaboration will provide information on policy and advocacy at their conference on November 4, 2023, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

This conference provides an opportunity for survivors, advocates, and providers to gain the skills they need to make a difference for the other 1.7 million people who sustain a traumatic brain injury annually through collaboration, information sharing, and education so that we can collectively become a more powerful voice to improve rehabilitation services to this community.

Please contact Louise Flaig at 215-756-4674 if you need wheelchair accessibility accommodations or if you have any questions relating to this event. Additional information can be accessed at Mind Your Brain Foundation’s website as well as the registration page.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released a Save the Date announcement for the 2023 Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) virtual forum. The topic for this forum, scheduled for November 2, 2023, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, will be “Focus on Lewy Body and Frontotemporal Dementias.”

Registration for the virtual forum will open on October 4, 2023. Questions should be directed to Heidi Champa, Aging Services Specialist, via email.

Friendly nurse cares for an elderly woman in a nursing home.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released the PA Master Plan for Older Adults White Paper. The White Paper is an overview of the origins, development process, and core tenets that are shaping this foundational 10-year aging plan for Pennsylvania and is being offered to aging stakeholders and all interested individuals as a reference guide when formulating and submitting comments on the development of the plan.

Digital forms for providing online comments and participating in a needs assessment survey are available here. This site also contains continually updated information on hundreds of community listening sessions that the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are convening in every county in Pennsylvania.

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has announced that Public Partnerships, LLC, has been selected as the new statewide Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) for Financial Management Services (FMS) for Fee for Service OLTL-administered programs related to Request for Application RFA 07-21.

The VF/EA performs fiscal-related functions for the operation of participant direction for multiple home and community-based service (HCBS) waivers managed by OLTL. The intent of FMS is to reduce the employer-related burden for participants while making sure Medicaid and Commonwealth funds used to pay for services and supports are managed and disbursed appropriately as authorized. The new contract became effective September 1, 2023.

Questions regarding the new vendor or anything related to this announcement should be directed to OLTL via email or by calling 800-932-0939, option 2, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

The meeting documents from the September 6, 2023, Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Subcommittee meeting are now available. The documents include the agenda, transcript, and PowerPoint presentations. You can find the documents below:

The next MLTSS Subcommittee meeting is scheduled for October 4, 2023, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the PA Department of Education’s Honors Suite at 333 Market St. in Harrisburg, PA. The option to participate via webinar is also available. To participate via webinar, please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Remote captioning and streaming services will be provided; if you require these services, please visit the remote captioning and streaming services link.