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Temple University Harrisburg recently announced their fall 2022 online training that is approved to meet the personal care home (PCH) and assisted living residence (ALR) annual training requirements.

Information about the online training sessions (including registration links) are provided below:

Those interested in participating only need to register for one session for each topic. Please read the training announcements in full before registering to ensure you are able to meet the participation requirements. Participation is limited for each course. If you register and later discover you are unable to participate, please cancel your registration to create space for other participants.

Questions about the online trainings or assistance with registration should be sent via email. If you would like information about additional trainings available for PCH and ALR administrators, please contact the Bureau of Human Services Licensing Operator Support Hotline.

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) is studying the availability of providers in various specialties, including behavioral health, and geographic areas. This is an opportunity for behavioral health providers, including drug and alcohol and mental health providers, to share their challenges in finding and employing specialists required by state regulations and payer contracts and the subsequent access issues that result.

The goal of the study is to understand areas of need based on the current availability of providers to accept new patients, the amount of time it takes to get an appointment with these providers, and the network adequacy considerations based on the findings. PID is seeking public comment from organizations, consumer advocates, providers, and consumers about their experience with getting an appointment or finding available specialists.

On behalf of its behavioral health provider members, RCPA is compiling comments to submit to PID, although members who prefer to submit their comments and experience on their own are encouraged to do so. Providers wanting to submit comments as part of an RCPA response can send them to Drug and Alcohol Division Director Jason Snyder. PID will accept comments until Friday, August 5, so please submit your comments to RCPA by Friday, July 29.

More information can be found in PID’s published Notice for Public Comment.

ODP Announcement 22-078 announces a second opportunity for providers to have staff person(s) participate in a virtual certification program with the goal of receiving a Work Incentives Practitioner credential.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce that it will cover the cost of the certification program and credential for an additional 25 people (up to two staff persons per provider). Providers will be selected using a competitive application process.

Please read the announcement for details regarding the application process. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Smith.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation will offer a free webinar on OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134.

Bryan Brougher, CSP, from the PA OSHA Consultation Program, will host the webinar. This webinar was developed to help employers comply with the respiratory protection standard. Bryan Brougher is a certified safety professional with over 30 years of experience who has been with the IUP PA OSHA Consultation program for over 20 years. Prior to his time with IUP, Bryan worked as a safety/health professional in manufacturing industries, research and development, and consulting industries.

How to Join:
Please join PA OSHA Consulting for this no obligation free webinar. You are encouraged to share this invitation with others who you feel would benefit from this content. Preregistration not required. Webinar room opens one hour prior to start time.

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Password: paosha

NOTE: If you are unable to attend the live webinar, it will be recorded and available on our website the week following the webinar here.