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Registration and additional information for all classes may be found at LRA Consultants’ website. In addition to Open Registration classes, LRA Consultants can schedule online or in-person classes for your organization, usually at a per-person cost savings. Please visit their website for more information about all their courses, including self-paced options, or contact Laura Nuss via email or at 202-355-0799.

Mortality Review and Death Investigations Class
March 22–23, 2023
9:00 am – 11:30 am and
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
Cost: $416

LRA Consultants offers a 2-day training opportunity for State Oversight, Licensing and/or Survey Agencies, Protection and Advocacy Organizations, Provider Organizations, and Mortality Review Committee Members.

The death of an individual under the care of an organization requires an in-depth response on the part of the organization’s and/or oversight agency’s Incident and Risk Management System. Participants will learn the additional knowledge and skills, beyond those developed by conducting serious incident investigations alone, to effectively conduct a death investigation and mortality review meeting.

Conducting Serious Incident Investigations Class
April 4–6, 2023
9:00 am – 11:30 am and
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
Cost: $624

This three-day program is designed to teach participants the fundamental principles of investigation, including:

  • The role of speed, thoroughness, and objectivity in conducting investigations;
  • Collecting and preserving physical evidence;
  • Interviewing witnesses and obtaining written statements;
  • Collecting other documentary evidence; and
  • Reconciling conflicting testimonial evidence.

Level I Certified Investigator Exam
April 7, 2023
9:00 am CST
Cost: $189

LRA Consultants also offers the exam for Level I Certified Investigator to those who complete the Conducting Serious Incident Investigations course.

ODP Announcement 23-011 states that Support Service Professionals/Supports Brokers who were initially certified two years prior to the effective date of this waiver must complete the Supports Broker Certification program on or before the end of the third-year anniversary of the initial certification. Supports Brokers who were initially certified three or more years prior to the effective date of this waiver must complete the Supports Broker Certification program on or before July 1, 2023.

The Temple University Institute on Disabilities will offer six one-day virtual recertification training sessions. Dates are listed in the announcement.

Please contact the Participant Directed Services (PDS) Regional Lead in your area if you have questions.

Governor Shapiro is directing all state agencies, boards, and commissions to compile a catalog of the licenses, certificates, and permits they issue – including the statutory authority governing the length of time they must process applications and the application fee charged by each agency. Commonwealth agencies will have 90 days to send this information to the Governor’s Office, which will then review, analyze, and establish efficient application processing times for all occupational permits or licenses based on agency recommendations. Once those recommendations are put in place, if an agency does not respond to an applicant before the date-certain, the agency will be required to refund the application fee.

Under this Executive Order, the Governor’s Office will also conduct a review of the existing digital services that Pennsylvanians use to apply for licenses, certificates, and permits and work to modernize those application platforms and services to better serve Pennsylvanians.

Unpredictability and long wait times for Commonwealth-issued licenses, certificates, and permits can create unnecessary barriers for Pennsylvania workers and businesses. For example, an NPR analysis from 2021 found that Pennsylvania had some of the longest wait times in the country for issuing nursing licenses. More than half of the nursing applicants who applied in Pennsylvania that year waited at least three months to hear back.

In addition to nursing licenses, the Commonwealth issues hundreds of licenses, certificates, and permits, from barber and salon licenses to teacher certifications to business permits. Under the direction of the Governor, the Administration will work expeditiously to ensure Pennsylvanians get responses in a timely manner — and the Shapiro Administration will have real skin in the game. Governor Shapiro is making clear his Administration will be customer-service oriented and that state government will work harder to get them a response, so that they can pursue their dreams.

Read Executive Order 2023-07, Building Efficiency in the Commonwealth’s Permitting and Licensing Processes, here.

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ODP Announcement 22-119 provides information on the registration process for the Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) February and March 2023 Virtual Quality Management (QM) Certification Classes. Key things to know about the virtual class:

  • Class size is limited to 28, and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. There is no wait list option, and registration will close 15 days prior to the start of a class.
  • Prerequisite modules are required to prepare learners for the class and must be completed prior to attending class. Completion of modules is tracked, and failure to complete all modules will prevent you from joining the virtual class.
  • Classes are held over 2 consecutive days, from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Participants must attend the entire time and complete the post-test with a score of at least 84% to obtain ODP QM certification status.

You must register for a training class by logging into MyODP and navigating to the 2023 Quality Management Certification Program — Virtual Training Course (Training > Quality Management > Quality Management Certification Program > 2023 Quality Management Certification Program — Virtual Training) or by visiting here.

Questions about the QM Strategy, the ODP QM Certification Program, or other questions related to QM can be sent to the ODP QM Inbox.

Attendees will learn how to develop an employer-focused approach to negotiating customized job descriptions on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Participants seeking certification are expected to commit approximately 40 hours of fieldwork with/on behalf of a learning partner under the guidance of Marc Gold & Associates (MGA) over the course of 4 months. This is the prerequisite training to complete certification through MG&A.
*Certification in Discovery is a prerequisite for seeking certification in Job Development.

Daily, Online Zoom Meeting
October 3, 2022 – October 5, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: This training will be done completely online. Registrants must have a computer or laptop with a webcam. The training will use Zoom to host the conference. Registrants will not be able to join by phone.

Who Is This For: Parents and Families, Job Coaches and Job Developers, Supports Coordinators, School Personnel involved in Student Planning, OVR Counselors, and Transition Coordinators

Please review the flyer for registration information and course system requirements. For questions, please email Jen Hipps.

ODP Announcement 22-064 shares information regarding an online learning opportunity about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) offered through TechOWL. AAC Essentials is an online learning opportunity designed to increase your understanding of AAC.

There are four courses, each for a different audience:

  • Supports Coordinators;
  • AAC Users;
  • Family, Friends, and Direct Support Professionals; and
  • Administrators and Leaders.

Each course offers short lessons ranging from operating and troubleshooting AAC to encouraging AAC. In each lesson, there are buttons for you to ask questions and speak to a Speech-Language Pathologist from TechOWL directly.

These courses are free. Once the course is completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion. All lessons can be explored without completing the course. Training may be accessed through the TechOWL website.

The Arc of Pennsylvania is offering Employment Discovery training September 7–9, 2022. This 3-day training provides a comprehensive overview of Discovery (an alternative to traditional vocational assessments) and instruction on facilitating the Discovery process. For those seeking to become certified providers of Discovery through Marc Gold and Associates, it is the prerequisite face-to-face training to complete certification. Individuals not seeking certification will gain valuable information and insight and may attend as auditors of the course.

This course is for:

  • Job Coaches and Job Developers;
  • Supports Coordinators;
  • Parents and Families;
  • OVR Counselors;
  • Transition Coordinators; and
  • School Transition Teams.

Auditing — $200
Certification — $1200

Visit The Arc of PA and complete the online registration form for Discovery.
Questions? For more information, please contact Anthony Chan.