ODP Announcement 23-021 reports that the 2022 Information Sharing & Advisory Committee (ISAC) Annual Report is now available. ISAC, working with the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), developed a series of recommendations and strategies to support achievement of the vision in Everyday Lives. This publication provides 2022 updates related to those recommendations and strategies. Stakeholders are encouraged to use the information contained in this report in their work supporting people with disabilities.
Access the 2022 ISAC Annual Report here. Access the ISAC Recommendations and Strategies supplemental document from inside the ISAC Annual Report here. Both documents can also be found by visiting MyODP and following this path:
Everyday Lives > Everyday Lives Publications > Recommendations, Strategies, and Performance Measures.
ODP Announcement 23-016 announces that the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is requesting that qualified providers employing DSPs participate in the 2022 State of the Workforce (SoTW) survey. This important survey includes questions relating to the volume, stability, compensation, and benefits of DSPs serving adults 18 years of age and older. The data gathered from this voluntary and anonymous survey will help ODP, along with other policy makers and advocates, inform policy and program development regarding DSP workforce (DSPW) improvement initiatives and other important work in this area. Within the next two weeks, providers will receive an email from HSRI inviting them to participate in this SoTW survey.
In addition to the standard survey, ODP has added a series of questions to address several areas in which it has a specific interest. These questions are identified in the PA Supplement section and have PA attached to the question number. The data collected for these questions will not be analyzed by HSRI, but ODP will complete its own analysis.
Results of the survey will only be reported in the aggregate, and organizations will not be identified in any way. It is recommended that the Human Resources (HR) or Payroll Office complete the surveys and that answers should reflect DSPs who were on agency payroll during any period between January 1 and December 31, 2022.
The deadline to complete data entry is June 30, 2023. A copy of the survey is available to allow for preparation of data prior to completing data entry. It is a proprietary tool of NCI® and is to be used for reference only. ODP is eager to be a part of this important project again. Provider participation will help ODP to make sound policy decisions regarding Pennsylvania’s DSPs.
Any questions can be directed to Ms. Lee Stephens, ODP NCI Statewide Lead.
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is distributing an updated Acronym Guide for external stakeholders. The guide is current as of December 29, 2022.
If there are additional acronyms that you would like to have added to the Guide, please feel free to submit them to the ODP Outreach inbox. The Guide will be updated periodically to allow for the addition of new acronyms.
Registration is open for the fourth annual virtual psychostimulant symposium, “Overcoming Barriers & Making a Difference.” The symposium will be held Wednesday and Thursday, December 7–8, 2022.
Pennsylvania continues to see a rise in stimulant misuse. However, data continues to show that polysubstance use has increased among individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD), as well. The symposium will use data to tell the story of what is happening across the state and nationwide. In addition, it will focus on addressing current issues that prevent individuals from seeking treatment or maintaining their recovery, barriers to treatment, and strategies to help them while making a difference in Pennsylvania’s communities. The goal of the symposium is to educate and provide resources to attendees to assist in their work to help Pennsylvanians suffering from SUD.
Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register today.
Call 610-494-8044 or email registration with questions.