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Children's Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct a national stakeholder call tomorrow, September 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm. The call will be led by new Administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, and her leadership team, and will focus on key updates from her first 100 days in office. The Administrator’s vision is for CMS to serve the public as a trusted partner and steward, dedicated to advancing health equity, expanding coverage, and improving health outcomes. Members are encouraged to join this first national stakeholder call to learn more about how you can partner with CMS as they implement their vision.

Join the Call here:

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Call: 833-568-8864 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 161 910 6718
Passcode: 891135

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has announced several grants geared to workforce development. Throughout the commonwealth and the nation, there are numerous grants and financial aid resources available that can assist individuals and organizations in meeting their goals.

PAsmart Apprenticeship Grants

Throughout the commonwealth and the nation, numerous grants and financial aid resources available can assist individuals and organizations in meeting their goals. The grants and financial aid information below is provided with the intent to help you begin the search, not an all-inclusive link to resources that may be available. Learn more about L&I’s other grants and related programs.

PAsmart grant funds are used to support the growth of Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, creating opportunities in new industries and occupations for Pennsylvania workers to advance along career pathways. This grant program will support schools, students, workers, and businesses across the Commonwealth and reach underrepresented populations, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, socio-economic disadvantaged individuals, individuals who speak English as a second language, individuals who were previously incarcerated, or individuals experiencing multiple barriers to employment. Ultimately, PAsmart will help Pennsylvanians develop the skills they need for the job they want, and in turn, support businesses by creating a skilled workforce to hire. Learn more about PAsmart Apprenticeship Grants.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Each year, the Conference Planning Committee and staff work to develop new and different ways to enhance the conference experience. This year, our virtual platform partner Showcare will offer exciting opportunities for attendees to be able to connect with one another. Using your profile, you can choose interest areas, “ping” a colleague you haven’t seen in a while, and directly connect with exhibitors based on your business needs.

Next, in addition to traditional education offerings, we are pleased to include several “thought leader” sessions that will be live and recorded to briefly hear about health care initiatives. These sessions are anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.

Finally, even though we cannot be together in person, we hope that you will stick around Wednesday and Thursday during the late afternoon hours for some fun, informal networking. Grab your favorite drink and snack and hang out with the public group, or create a breakout room and privately connect with friends.

Don’t miss out – register here!

Although we will miss seeing everyone in person, this year’s 2021 RCPA-MDCBH-A.N.D. Virtual Conference is not to be missed! With general sessions, “think” sessions, workshops, and on-demand sessions, we have something for everyone. We are fortunate to have expert speakers sharing their knowledge regarding leadership, workforce development, managed care, measurement-based care, use of technology in service delivery, and regrouping during COVID-19.

Our speakers will cover all service areas supported by RCPA membership, including mental health, drug and alcohol, brain injury, children’s, and IDD services.

We also managed to work a little fun into the schedule as well – details coming soon! Don’t miss out on this great experience. Register now!

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Start time:  9:00 am
End time:  12:30 pm

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. The public is invited to call in to this meeting using the following information:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar:
When:
  September 16, 2021, 09:00 am Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic:  PA State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Quarterly Meeting
Please visit this link to join the webinar:
Passcode: 815687

Or One Tap Mobile:
US: +13017158592,,81273334764#,,,,*815687#  or +13126266799,,81273334764#,,,,*815687#

Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: 1-301-715-8592 or 1-312-626-6799 or 1-929-205-6099 or 1-253-215-8782 or 1-346-248-7799 or 1-669-900-6833

Webinar ID:
812 7333 4764
Passcode: 815687

CART and sign language interpreters will be available during this meeting via Zoom.

Those using a screen reader can connect here.

The agenda for this meeting is below. Anyone who would like to make public comment prior to the meeting may submit their comments via email.

Additional auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Please email your request.


PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENDA

September 16, 2021

9:00 – 9:20
Welcome & Opening Remarks
, Jennifer Berrier, Secretary, Labor & Industry

  • Roll Call of Board Members
  • Action: Approval of Agenda
  • Action: Approval of Minutes, June 3, 2021 

9:20 – 9:40
Executive Director’s Remarks, Shannon Austin, Executive Director, OVR

9:40 – 9:50
Deputy Director’s Remarks,
Jeremiah Underhill, Deputy Executive Director, OVR

ACTION ITEM

9:50 – 10:00
Action:  Approval of 2022 meeting dates and locations

OVR BUREAU DIRECTOR REPORTS

10:00 – 10:20
Hiram G. Andrews Center
, Jill Moriconi, Director
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, Rod Alcidonis, Director
Bureau of Central Operations, Ralph Roach, Director

10:20 – 10:30
BREAK

STAKEHOLDER REPORTS

10:30 – 10:50
Statewide Independent Living Council
, Matthew Seeley, Executive Director
PA Rehabilitation Council, Passle Helminski, Chair
Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Melissa Hawkins, Director
Client Assistance Program, Steve Pennington, Executive Director

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

10:50 – 11:05
Update on 2-Year Modification to the Combined State Plan,
Lee Ann Stewart

11:05 – 11:30
Overview of the Client Assistance Program (CAP),
Steve Pennington

11:30 – 11:50
Update on OVR Policy Workgroups

  • Financial Needs Test (FNT), Shannon Austin
  • Vehicle Modification, Tara Okon, VR Specialist
  • Supported Employment, Doug Rand, Business Services & Outreach Division Acting Chief
  • Audiological Services, Russ Goddard, VR Specialist

11:50 – 12:10
Review of Technical Support Provided to PA OVR,
Rachel Anderson, VRTAC-QM

12:10 – 12:30
PUBLIC COMMENT

12:30 
ADJOURNMENT

In an effort to assist Infant/Toddler Programs and their contracted EI service providers to clear suspended claims from the PROMISe™ system, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released guidance on the procedures for Early Intervention claim filing. Correct billing practices require adherence to correct filing procedures and time limits. All relevant information and instructions can be found in the PA PROMISe™ Provider Handbook for the 837 Professional/CMS-1500 Claim Form.

Time Limits for Claim Submission

DPW must receive claim forms for submissions, resubmissions, and adjustment of claim forms within specified time frames; otherwise, the claim will reject on timely filing related edits and will not be processed for payment.

Service providers (including service coordination entities) are required to submit original claims within 180 calendar days of the initial date of service. Claims which are received within 180-days of the date of service and subsequently denied may be resubmitted up to 365 calendar days from the original date of service.

Suspended Claims/180-Day Exception Request Process

ALL claims that are past the 180- or 365-billing day cycle AND directly associated to a reported PELICAN-EI systems issue are to be billed electronically through the PROMISe system. The claims filed will result in a “suspended” status. These suspended claims will be manually reviewed and approved by a Bureau of Early Intervention services staff member.

Approval of these suspended claims will require additional information submitted by the provider to the BEIS office via email. The email contents must include the following:

  • Provider name
  • MCI for the child
  • PELICAN-EI systems issue description and Help Desk Call Number

If the claim was suspended because it was past the filing limit and unrelated to a PELICAN-EI systems issue, you will need to provide an explanation for the delayed billing. Providing an explanation for the delayed billing will not automatically result in the claim being approved for payment. Each claim will be reviewed individually and considered for approval.

It is the responsibility of the billing entity to follow the requirements for timely billing as outlined in the PROMISe™ manual. Claims which have a suspended status will be denied unless the above procedures have been followed.

If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Children’s Policy Director Jim Sharp.