IDD Update June 9, 2015
In recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, the US Census Bureau is releasing “Facts for Features,” providing demographic information about institutionalization, transportation, employment, and accessibility.
On June 24 at 3:00 pm, LEAD Center will hold its third webinar in the four-part series, “WIOA from a Disability Perspective.” This month’s webinar, “Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services,” addresses cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities for career counseling, skills training, and job exploration.
DHS Home Modification
The state Department of Human Services (DHS) has released a discussion document on a proposed model for improving efforts to provide home modifications for those served by the Home and Community-Based Service waivers (OLTL and ODP). Comments are requested by July 2. Please share your comments with RCPA Policy Specialist Linda Drummond as well.
DHS: The Impact
In keeping with Governor Wolf’s commitment to transparency, DHS distributes regular updates to keep Pennsylvanians abreast of the good work happening at DHS and how it impacts the Commonwealth. The June 5 edition addressed “Managed Long-Term Supports and Services,” which are under discussion. This initiative is geared toward improving the health and welfare of older Pennsylvanians, and individuals with physical disabilities, by implementing a system that breaks down barriers and fills the gaps that currently exist.
Public hearings are being held across the state and comments are due by July 15. Further details can be found on the DHS website. The service systems being considered are the Aging and Office of Long Term Living waivers. ODP waivers are not being considered at this time. See press release here.
WIOA Comments Due
The April 28 IDD Update provided links to the proposed changes in the Federal Register and the five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Comments are due by June 15 to www.regulations.gov. Please share your comments with RCPA Policy Specialist Linda Drummond.
The Office of Developmental Programs has released the following information:
- Announcement #045-15: Invitation to Join July 2 or July 7 College of Direct Support Stakeholder Call.
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