Policy Areas

RCPA would like to thank Charles G. Curie, Principal, The Curie Group, LLC; Jennifer Black, Vice President of Business Development, Beacon Health Options; Michael Quinn, CEO, Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services; and Doyle Forrestal, Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, for presenting in Discussing Moving Beyond the Carve-out/Carve-in Debate webinar offered today. The materials from the presentation can be found here.

As a follow-up, RCPA will make available questions asked during the session along with corresponding answers/comments. Please submit any additional follow-up questions to Tina Miletic.

We thank you for your participation. Additional correspondence will be issued in the following week.

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.

RCPA is pleased to offer this webinar on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 1:00 pm to discuss moving beyond the Carve-out/Carve-in debate.

In an age of integrated care, specialty behavioral health care matters. For more than two decades, the debate of what to do in Medicaid managed care with physical health care (PH) and behavioral health care (BH) centered on the question: should a state carve-out BH from PH managed care contracts or carve-in BH to PH managed care contracts? This presentation will focus on the most current answers to that question. Please register here if you have not registered yet for this event.

Presenters include:

Panelists will review:

  • Pennsylvania’s Behavioral HealthChoices;
  • Discuss managed care models utilized in other States; and
  • Asses how the debate is changing from carve-out vs. carve-in to a focus on contractual standards and accountability.

Achieving whole-person care and addressing social determinants of health by doing specialty behavioral health care directly through various Medicaid managed care approaches will be considered. While there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the time of the presentation, we encourage you to submit questions in advance to Tina Miletic.

Please register here to attend this webinar. We look forward to your participation!

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Anthem Foundation is making up to $30 million available over the next three years to support substance use disorder programs that address an array of care and service options, including prevention and early intervention, crisis response and interventions, long-term intervention, and community resources and recovery supports.

Qualified nonprofit organizations with a history of proven, programmatic community initiatives are invited to apply for funding. Although Pennsylvania has not been specifically identified as a local area of focus, Pennsylvania providers can qualify under the National Programs of Emphasis category. More information about funding guidelines and eligibility is available. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2022.

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has announced a virtual traumatic brain injury (TBI) stakeholder day planned for March 8, 2022, from 12:00 pm–4:30 pm. This free event will be held via webinar, and attendees will spend the afternoon talking about important issues around TBI services, supports, and systems.

Attendees will hear from brain injury survivors, family members, support networks, and state and federal representatives. This year’s sessions include Survivor Engagement Strategies, Domestic Violence and the Effect on Children, Effective Partnerships with Behavioral Health with a Focus on Suicide, and Effective Strategies for Using and Leveraging Data.

Individuals interested in participating should register here.