ODP Announcement 19-095 communicates the availability of training on ODP’s Online Provider Profiles for AEs and SCO leadership. Provider profiles consist of two parts: a provider summary developed and submitted by the provider, and a provider data display showing the provider’s performance in supporting individuals and families.
In Phase One, provider summaries and data displays are available on MyODP.org for 84 residential providers who had 10 or more individual surveys in the 2017 Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) data file. IM4Q Scale Scores are displayed for each provider in areas including Individual Satisfaction, Choice, Inclusion, Dignity, Family Satisfaction, and Physical Setting. ODP’s Provider Profiles web page also connects to licensing information, QA&I comprehensive reports, and the Services and Supports Directory for families to access.
Contact Carol Ferenz, RCPA IDD Division Director, with questions.
ODP Announcement 19-046 provides information regarding upcoming training available to people with disabilities, family members, and other stakeholders (SCs Provider staff, AEs, organizational leadership). Person Centered Thinking is a core concept at the foundation of the services and supports provided to people with intellectual disabilities and autism in Pennsylvania. The above-mentioned individuals/groups are invited to come and learn about Person Centered Thinking and how it can be used to enhance the quality of life of the people we support.
This interactive, two-day training serves as a foundation for everyone involved in supporting people with significant disabilities. During this training, attendees will have the opportunity to develop their skills by completing a series of guided exercises. Participants will practice utilizing person-centered thinking resources and techniques. Information gathered using these skills can help teams develop meaningful Individual Support Plans (ISPs) that help people with disabilities achieve an Everyday Life.
All training sessions will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Breakfast and lunch will not be provided.
The first trainings will be held Friday, May 17 and Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Intellectual disAbility Services in Philadelphia, as well as Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11 at PaTTAN in Harrisburg. Additional sessions are being planned for the 2019/20 fiscal year. As soon as registration is open for these additional sessions, another announcement will be sent out. If you have any questions about this training opportunity, please submit them via email.
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), along with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), has announced the availability of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instruction. Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour educational program in use throughout the country to teach people how to identity, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and offer initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, or experiencing a crisis.
This course does not teach you to be the professional, the therapist, or counselor. The course aims to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and teaching people to safely and responsibly identify and address situations they may encounter.
Through this ODP/OMHSAS initiative, classes are being offered twice a month at varying locations throughout the state and are free to attend. You must register for classes through MyODP. For further information, use this link to ODP Communication 038-18.
Person Centered Thinking is a core concept at the foundation of the services and supports provided to people with intellectual disabilities and autism in Pennsylvania. People with disabilities, self-advocates, and other stakeholders are invited to come and learn about Person Centered Thinking and how it can be used to enhance the quality of life of the people we support.
The training is an interactive, two-day training that services as a foundation for everyone involved in supporting people with significant disabilities. You must attend both days in order to complete the training and receive a certificate of attendance. These skills will help teams develop meaningful Individual Support Plans that help people with disabilities achieve an Everyday Life.
The trainings are scheduled for Harrisburg and Malvern in April and May. Please see the ODP announcement for details.
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has announced a free training opportunity, sponsored by Milestone Health Care Quality Unit, related to best practices for interviewing individuals with disabilities who are victims of a crime. Presenter Scott Modell, PhD, is a national expert on the topic and is cofounder of Collaborative Safety, LLC. Dr. Modell is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of child abuse, crime victims with disabilities, and the application for safety science to human service agencies. This training is applicable to all professionals that may conduct interviews of persons with disabilities or have a role in incident and risk management. View the ODP announcement with more information regarding this training here.
Training registration must be completed through the Milestones HCQU West website.