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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) announced that they will be offering a webinar on the topic of the PA Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program. The webinar is scheduled for June 8, 2023, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and will be presented by a representative of the PA Treasury Department.

A PA ABLE account gives individuals with qualifying disabilities (eligible individuals) and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. Federal and state law authorized the creation of PA ABLE accounts.

OLTL Service Coordinators, Direct Service Providers, Community HealthChoices (CHC) managed care organization (MCO) staff, and any individuals that work on employment are strongly encouraged to participate in this webinar to assist with understanding the PA ABLE Program and how it can benefit OLTL participants.

Please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Questions about this webinar should be directed to Ryan Dorsey, OLTL.

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The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) announced that Theresa Hartman is the new Director for the Bureau of Human Services Licensing (BHSL). See the announcement below:

Theresa is a dedicated health and human services professional that has dedicated her career to working with aging and disabled persons managing chronic and acute conditions for more than 30 years in Pennsylvania. Working as a nurse, she has done bedside nursing care, care management, and served in management and regional positions in the nursing home industry for over 20 years. In 2018, she made the move into Home and Community-Based Services as a Chief Operations and Compliance Officer for a Service Coordination provider and successfully led them through the transition from fee-for-service into the managed Community Health Choices program as well as NCQA accreditation. She also served on the PA HCBS Providers Board.

She is passionate about advocating for our most vulnerable populations, seniors, and those that are underserved. She believes we can improve the lives of our most vulnerable populations in Pennsylvania by supporting our providers and giving them the tools they need to succeed and reach the high-quality standards and requirements we set.

Theresa is joining the Department of Human Services from her role as Vice President of Clinical Services for GrayHawk Health, a healthcare practice provider that is building community-based programs to fill in care gaps for dual eligible populations across Pennsylvania. She earned her nursing degree from Drexel University and her Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from Eastern University. She is also a certified Case Manager and holds an active nursing license in Pennsylvania.

Questions may be sent electronically.

Documents from the May 12, 2023, Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Subcommittee meeting are now available. The documents include the agenda, transcript, and PowerPoint presentations and can be found below:

The next MLTSS Subcommittee meeting is scheduled for June 1, 2023, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the PA Department of Education’s Honors Suite at 333 Market St. in Harrisburg, PA. The option to participate via webinar is also available. To participate in the meeting via webinar, please register here. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar if you registered correctly. If you have trouble accessing the webinar registration through Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers, please try accessing it through a different web browser, such as Chrome or Edge.

Dial-In Number: 1 (562) 247-8321
Access Code: 856702912#

Remote Captioning and Streaming Link

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has announced that they will be presenting a live, interactive, six-session webinar series on housing issues.

The webinars will be held every Wednesday, beginning May 24, 2023, through June 28, 2023, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. They will include targeted content and question and answer sessions with housing experts and staff from OLTL.

The information covered in this webinar series will be similar to the information covered in the 2022 OLTL housing webinar series.

This webinar series builds on information already provided in the Online Housing Training Modules and the Self-Determination Housing of Pennsylvania (SDHP)/Inglis’s Prepared Renter Program (PREP) curriculum.

This series of webinars is designed to be taken in order. The content in each session builds on prior content. Participants will get the most out of the program by taking all of the sessions in order. Although individuals are not required to complete the sessions in order, to keep the sessions focused, the webinar leader may opt to table questions that were covered in prior sessions.

The target audience for this webinar series is Service Coordinators (SC), Managed Care Organizations (MCO), and Service Coordination Entity (SCE) support staff who assist program participants in securing and maintaining affordable, accessible housing through Home and Community-Based Services. Additional target audiences for these webinars includes individuals and organizations who provide long-term services and supports for older Pennsylvanians and people with physical disabilities.

2023 OLTL Housing Series Curriculum

Webinar 1: Understanding Housing Nuances in Pennsylvania

  • 12 Housing Sector Nuances to Be Aware Of

Webinar 2: Recommended Relationships to Have in the Housing Sector

  • 6 Key Partnerships to Cultivate

Webinar 3: Types of Housing Funding Sources

  • 6 Kinds of Funding Sources to Be Aware Of

Webinar 4: Fair Housing with the Housing Equality Center of PA

  • Reasonable Accommodations & Modifications
  • Fair Housing Law

Webinar 5: Keeping Participants Housed with Landlord Engagement Techniques

  • 6 Key Concepts to Understand in Keeping Participants Housed

Webinar 6: Top 7 Housing Information Resources to be Aware Of

  • Housing Resources

Registration is available.

The Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Subcommittee convened their bi-monthly meeting on April 18, 2023. The agenda, handouts, and presentations are available for members to view below:

Members are encouraged to take time to review the presentation on the development of the Master Plan for Aging and Disabilities (MPAD), which is being overseen by Kevin Hancock, Special Advisor to the PA Secretary of Aging. Also included is a presentation from the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL).

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has released the transition plans that outline how the Appendix K flexibilities will be phased out on May 11, 2023, with the end of the Public Health Emergency. The transition plans apply to the Community HealthChoices (CHC) Waiver, OBRA Waiver, and Act 150 program.

Since March 6, 2020, the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has been operating under an Appendix K Emergency Preparedness and Response amendment that was approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Appendix K allowed temporary changes to the CHC Waiver, OBRA waiver, and Act 150 waiver in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Effective May 11, 2023, OLTL is discontinuing the emergency flexibilities noted in the attached guidance and is returning to pre-emergency operations. Providers should make any changes that are necessary to resume normal operations and be in compliance by May 11, 2023. Service Coordinators have been instructed to work with participants and providers to ensure a seamless transition to normal operations.

The transition plans have been updated to reflect the new expiration date for the flexibilities. In addition, as a general note, resuming pre-emergency waiver operations means the following:

  • All assessments, including the comprehensive needs assessments and reassessments, must be conducted face-to-face;
  • Service Coordinators must monitor participants and Individual Services Plans (ISPs) through face-to-face contacts; and
  • ISP meetings and development must be conducted face-to-face.

Questions about this information should be directed to the OLTL Provider Helpline at 800-932-0939.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Office of Long-Term Living’s (OLTL) OBRA Waiver Amendment. Changes in the approved OBRA Waiver Amendment include:

  • Revised the Benefits Counseling service definition;
  • Amended the responsibilities of the Fiscal/Employer Agent;
  • Updated Appendix H Quality Improvement Strategy to the current process; and
  • Removed performance measure AA-6, as the data in AA-6 is being collected by AA-5.

The current approved OBRA Waiver document can be viewed here. If you have any questions, please contact the OLTL Bureau of Policy Development and Communications Management at (717) 857-3280.

The agenda for the April 5, 2023, Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Subcommittee meeting has been released from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL). The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Department of Education’s Honors Suite, 1st Floor, 333 Market St. Harrisburg, PA 17126. The meeting will also be held via webinar and remote streaming.

Included in this meeting will be Dr. Val Arkoosh, Acting Secretary of DHS, who will provide an update on the 2023 DHS priorities.

If you haven’t registered to participate in this meeting, the links and information are below:

Conference line:
Bridge Number: 1-415-930-5321 PIN: 224944600#
Webinar Link
Remote Streaming Link

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has released the fiscal year (FY) 2023/24 annual review instructions for the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS). Also included in this reminder for Service Coordination Entities (SCEs) are the procedures, the waiver transfer tip sheet, and the annual review tip sheet. SCEs are reminded that this annual review process is a good time to review their caseloads and finalize any disenrollments or inactive service plans.

If you have any additional questions or wish to receive the attached forms in an alternate format, please contact Brian Lester at (717) 346-0716 or via email.