ODP Announcement 22-010 announces that the Operational Guide for Appendix K has been updated to align with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).
Additionally, guidance has been added regarding regulatory compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the Operational Guide is to provide guidance to Providers (including services rendered under a participant-directed services model), Supports Coordination Organizations, Administrative Entities, and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) to ensure adherence with current state and federal guidance.
The Operational Guide applies only to participants impacted by COVID-19. Examples of participants impacted by COVID-19 include participants impacted due to staffing shortages, a COVID-19 diagnosis for the participant or a participant’s housemate or caregiver, and closures of service locations (residential homes, Community Participation Support service locations, etc.). For any requirement not listed in the Operational Guide, refer to the current approved ODP waivers.
ODP is finalizing Version 3 of the Operational Guide for the Adult Autism Waiver and will publish it soon.