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Yesterday at the RCPA IDD Meeting, there was a conversation regarding retainer payments for CPS providers. During the discussion, Deputy Secretary Ahrens mentioned that the continued funding of the retainer payments are now in the appropriations process. It was unclear if providers could expect a payment for May. We have received clarification that ODP is still anticipating sending May’s retainer payments.

As a result of feedback from providers to the request for information surrounding COVID-19 testing of individuals and staff in licensed facilities, the Department of Health has stated that they would accept data provided from agencies by license rather than submitting data per individual site address.

ODP is urging providers to please participate in this survey as the data is critical to accounting for the needs of our system.

And again, as follow up to the discussion of CPS for individuals living in a residential group home:

CPS may NOT be provided and billed as a separate service for individuals living in group homes. Residential providers are expected to provide the individuals with activities as appropriate to the individual’s needs, and the guidelines from DOH.

A residential provider may choose to contract with a CPS provider if they choose to do so, but for now, residential programs are continuing to be paid at a “without day services” rate.

When a county enters the “green” phase, then facility-based CPS sites may begin to provide services once again.

Notes from the full meeting will be available soon; also if you would like to listen to the recording of the meeting, it is available on the RCPA website on the Members Only Meeting Recordings page.

If you have any questions, contact Carol Ferenz.

Today, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs put out an announcement and information regarding the following online conference.

“Leading the Challenge” Dynamic Online Conference – June 9–12, 2020
Registration is open for The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance’s 30th annual conference. See the conference brochure here.

Message from DHS’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
Please see this memorandum for guidance on the suspension of certain prior authorization requirements for behavioral health providers enrolled in the PA Medical Assistance program. OMHSAS anticipates theses suspensions to facilitate access to services during the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration period.