The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has received a high volume of requests for provider retainer payments for providers of Supported Employment, In-Home and Community, Companion, and Transportation services. ODP is currently conducting an analysis of the need for retainer payments and will provide status updates in the future.
While retainers are under consideration by ODP, providers should note that Congress has appropriated significant funds to make up for lost provider revenue. We strongly encourage providers to examine the various resources that are available for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Governor Wolf recently announced disaster assistance that is available through the US Small Business Administration, as well as through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA’s) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). Information on these opportunities and other business resources can be found by going to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s website and clicking on the “Resources for Businesses affected by COVID-19” link.