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The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has shared that the latest edition of the Positive Approaches Journal is now available!

Understanding the Complexities of Behavioral Phenotypes and How to Support People

This issue of the Positive Approaches Journal shares insights from several expert and skilled clinicians into biological and genetic conditions which have been associated with behavioral phenotypes, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism, and Down syndrome (Trisomy 21). The field of intellectual and developmental disabilities in general has recognized various characteristic patterns of behavior for various conditions long before the term behavioral phenotype, or even the modern understanding of genetics, was developed. Those familiar with the historical aspects of the field are well aware that past attempts to characterize patterns in those with conditions or syndromes at times contributed to mischaracterizations and to damaging stereotypes of individuals. 

This issue of Positive Approaches Journal is in digital form, available for viewing online or for downloading here. To print a copy of the PDF, online journal, or a specific article, you will find these options within your left navigation bar on any Positive Approaches Journal page. A new window will open with your selected document. In your browser, you may click the Print button in the top left corner of the page, or by using the Print capability within your browser.

Please submit feedback regarding your experience with the Positive Approaches Journal on MyODP. The Positive Approaches Journal is published quarterly. For additional information, please contact ODP Training’s inbox.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has announced that Temple University Harrisburg’s Certified Investigator (CI) Program and ODP will be facilitating forums for Certified Investigators and others involved in the incident investigation process. They have also announced the posting of Q&A documents from past CI Forums on MyODP. Please review the announcement for details on registering for these forums as well as accessing the Q&A files.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has shared The Gold Book: Understanding the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Released, which announces the release of the latest update to The Gold Book. The Gold Book is meant to help families and individuals entering the supports and services system better understand, acclimate, and navigate the system. Please review the announcement for instructions on accessing the Gold Book on MyODP.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is sharing ODPANN 23-044: Now Open: Registration for Certified Investigator (CI) Initial Certification Course. The purpose of this announcement is to communicate that registration for the July–December 2023 CI Initial Certification Course classes (also known as cohorts) is now open on MyODP. View the announcement for a course description and registration details.

ODP Announcement 23-024 states that the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Columbus Organization are pleased to announce the release of a new Incident Management (IM) training series on the MyODP website. The course, “Leadership’s Role in Reporting, Investigating, and Responding to Incidents,” focuses on the responsibility of leaders for the overall implementation of a high-quality Incident Management system that effectively protects the health and safety of individuals and aligns with the requirements set forth in Incident Management Bulletin 00-21-02.

You can access the course, which contains the webcast series, here.

ODP Announcement 23-022 is to inform all interested parties that the recording of the General Stakeholder Waiver Renewal webinar is available on MyODP. Major changes approved in the Consolidated, P/FDS, and Community Living waiver renewals are discussed within the recording. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the waivers effective January 1, 2023. The webinar recording and accompanying PowerPoint are now available here.

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.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2020–2022 Employment First report. ODP created this report to share data with individuals, families, advocates, providers, government officials, and taxpayers. ODP is committed to supporting individuals with an intellectual disability or autism to achieve their goals towards competitive integrated employment.

The 2020–2022 ODP Employment First Report, along with a fully accessible version of the report, is available at MyODP Employment Page.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) held two informational webinars regarding the new waiver amendments that became effective in January 2023. Some of the changes will go into effect when Appendix K expires, most likely in November of 2023. Other changes are in effect now. The recordings of the sessions are available on MyODP.

The presentation from the February 6 “Adult Autism Waiver Amendment” webinar is available here.

The presentation from the February 9 “Waiver Renewals Effective January 1, 2023: Consolidated, Community Living, and P/FDS Waivers” webinar is available here.