Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

June’s Money Talks webinar will wrap up the series by discussing StudyMoney.us and Other Financial Education Resources for People with Disabilities — scheduled for Wednesday, June 23, 2021, from 1:00 pm–2:00 pm. Learn more and register here.

Join us to learn about StudyMoney.us, an exciting new financial education website for people with disabilities and families that makes learning about money management fun, effective, and engaging!

StudyMoney.us was originally created in 2017 as a companion to Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation’s book, Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management, the first comprehensive financial education curriculum developed specifically for people with disabilities. The newly rebuilt StudyMoney.us, launched in May 2021, features new content, a new look, full accessibility, and activities and quizzes to motivate and challenge learners.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The content covered in StudyMoney.us and why this information is important for the disability community;
  • How StudyMoney.us can best be used by both learners and instructors;
  • Fun, informative, and interactive activities available on StudyMoney.us;
  • Additional financial education resources available for both learners and instructors; and
  • A case study using StudyMoney.us and Cents and Sensibility with college students with disabilities.

This webinar is part of Money Talks, a free series hosted by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation on financial empowerment for people with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability, a family member of someone who has a disability, an advocate, an educator, or a service provider, this series is for you. Sessions will include 30-45 minutes of interactive learning and 15 minutes for questions. Each session will be fully accessible, and recordings and slides will be made available.

Learn more, view previously recorded webinars, and register for this month’s webinar at PATF — MoneyTalks

Post-Pandemic Re-Integration and Assessment of Community Interactions

June 22, 2021 from 1:30 pm–3:00 pm ET

The purpose of this training is to assist states to successfully re-integrate individuals receiving home and community-based services (HCBS) and supports into their communities by redefining the baseline for community access as the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are relaxed or eliminated. In this training we will:

  • Share pertinent CMS guidance from the State Health Official Letter of December 22, 2020: Planning for the Resumption of Normal State Medicaid, CHIP and Basic Health Program Operations Upon Conclusion of the Public Health Emergency and the January 15, 2021 General Transition Planning Tool;
  • Review some of the changes that will need to occur as the flexibilities approved for use during the pandemic begin to unwind including identifying flexibilities used by states which could potentially be incorporated into 1915(c) waivers going forward; and
  • Identify the key strategic factors included in a state’s assessment process to ensure that individuals can re-connect with their communities in accordance with their own choices and preferences taking into account the dignity of risk and including the most current, appropriate methods for delivery of HCBS based on those individual preferences.

Following the presentation, webinar participants will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session receiving feedback from CMS.

Register here.

Beyond the Pandemic: How Technology Influences and Ensures an Integrated Life in the Community PART 2 of 2

July 14, 2021 from 1:30 pm–3:00 pm ET

This training is the second session of a two part presentation on how technology can influence and ensure an integrated life in the community. The use of technology to support the ongoing delivery of services during the COVID-19 pandemic has been widespread. This training will explore how to take lessons learned and consider the use of technology in supporting reintegration with in-person services and assist home and community-based services (HCBS) participants to re-engage with their communities.

Part one of this presentation discussed the importance of person-centered planning, self-determination and informed choice when considering the use of technology, balancing the use of technology with in-person services, technology solutions during and beyond the pandemic, types of technology solutions and data and research findings from across the nation.

Part two of this training will address critical considerations for states as they explore incorporating technology into HCBS waivers prior to or when the Appendix K flexibilities have ended. The presentation will explore the concepts of Technology First vs. technology only, offer examples from two Technology First states, address the use of technology across populations to mitigate social isolation, discuss rate methodology and payment considerations for technology supports, provide suggestions for how to plan for and implement increasing uses of technology with a focus on community reintegration and considerations for innovation, evaluation and research.

Following the presentation, webinar participants will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session receiving feedback from CMS and the presenters.

Register here.

Donna Martin
American Network of Community Options and Resources
Alexandria, VA
(401) 965-9411

Sponsor, Exhibit, and Advertise at Hybrid Conference in Hershey with RCPA, Maryland Community Behavioral Health, and The Ability Network of Delaware: Leading the Way: Hoping, Healing, Helping
Sponsorship Examples Included

Join RCPA, MDCBH, and A.N.D. as we host the 2021 Conference September 28–October 1 at the Hershey Lodge in PA. Our collective staff, as well as the Conference Committee, are excited to release this year’s Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers Brochure, with new opportunities to get involved and be visible.

New this year is the option to join either the hybrid or the virtual-only event. Also available this year is exhibit booth self-selection. Sponsors who would also like to exhibit on-site will be given first choice; exhibitors who submit their contract and payment by July 16 will be given second choice.

Don’t miss your chance to be seen and to support the work of these dynamic organizations! The event is a highlight for the Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware mental health, intellectual disability, medical rehabilitation, brain injury, vocational rehabilitation, children’s, aging/physical disabilities, and drug and alcohol provider communities. Complete information about exhibiting, sponsoring, and advertising options are available from the link above.

Sponsor, Exhibit, and Advertise
Exhibit activities take place September 29–30. RCPA encourages all interested parties to complete the contract now! Events within Connections Hall include an opening reception, breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and prize giveaways. Exhibit hours occur during the two busiest days of the conference, increasing the likelihood that exhibitors — an integral component to conference success — have the opportunity to interact with attendees. A “Best of Show” competition provides even more prospects to engage guests. Winners receive a discount on 2022 exhibit rates.

Interaction with conference guests outside of Connections Hall is just as important! Participating in other conference events such as receptions, meals, and educational offerings provides exhibitors with greater potential and flexibility to establish new opportunities for business.

Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities
Our associations are privileged to include the finest organizations in the field for this conference. Within each sponsorship circle, specific events and items such as meals, receptions, conference tote bags, attendee materials, entertainment, charging station, etc. are available, providing additional “naming recognition” for sponsors. You can view these options and more here. Sponsorships may be shared. Please contact Sarah Eyster to reserve your opportunity.

Sign Up Now
The deadline for inclusion in all digital material is August 30. Sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers who wish to be listed on the website and the virtual platform must adhere to that timeline.

Our associations look forward to welcoming you at the conference! Space and opportunities are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and no reservation is considered complete without payment. If questions remain, please contact Sarah Eyster, Conference Coordinator.

Dear ANCOR Members:

Sarah Meek on our GR team is engaged in conversations with key congressional offices about the importance of investing in the DSP workforce in the context of several legislative proposals around long-term funding for, and/or possible structural changes to, the HCBS program — including but not limited to proposals responding to President Biden’s call for Congress to invest $400B in the DSP workforce. We need to hear your experiences with how challenges recruiting and retaining DSPs — which we understand to be harder than they have been in years — are affecting the supports you offer and the well-being of individuals supported. While we welcome and will use feedback from all states, we are particularly targeting members of Congress from AZ, CA, DE, ME, NY, OR, and WV. Some of you in those states have already received direct emails from me on this topic — this is an expansion of that request, so you do not need to worry about this post if we are already corresponding.

For anyone interested in sharing their experiences:

  1. Please directly email Sarah Meek (smeek@ancor.org), with me cc’d (dparfaite-claude@ancor.org).
  2. Please share as many details as possible, such as: the number of vacancies you have, the specific type of supports affected (e.g. day services, residential, employment, etc.) and how those supports are affected (e.g. having to consolidate individuals into one location, close lines of services, etc.), and last but not least, how that has affected the individuals you support.

We appreciate any time you can give us on this topic, and hope everyone has a good rest of the week.


Doris Parfaite-Claude
Federal Advocacy and Research Manager
American Network of Community Options and Resources
Alexandria VA
(703) 535-7850 (108)

The RCPA IDD Committee will host a call on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to discuss the plan that was recently released by the Department of Human Services (DHS). The purpose of this call will be to gather input for our comments regarding the proposed plan. Please join the call to share your thoughts regarding the use of the 10% FMAP funds. Register for this call here.

If you are unable to join this call but wish to give your feedback, please send your comments to Carol Ferenz, IDD Division Director, by close of business on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The deadline to submit comments is close of business on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. We encourage you to submit your organization’s comments to the email listed below, as well.

Please visit the DHS’ public comment overview as well as Pennsylvania’s preliminary spending plan for further information. Your comments can be submitted via email. Additionally, a live virtual public comment session will take place on Wednesday, June 30 at 10:00 am for those who are unable or prefer not to submit written feedback. More information about how to RSVP for this session will be available soon.

The U.S. Treasury has released an FAQ document for potential uses of the county American Rescue Plan (ARP) monies. Providers should take note of sections 2.5 through 2.11 for possible health and human services applicability.

If you have any questions, please contact Jack Phillips.