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Room and Board Residency Agreements

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) held a public comment webinar for professionals on July 23, 2021, to discuss the draft bulletin, Room and Board Residency Agreements for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Autism. The webinar was recorded and is now available here: For Professionals: Room and Board Bulletin Public Comment Webinar Recording.

The following related materials are also now available:

Information about the bulletin and how to provide additional comment is included in the following announcement: ODPANN 21-053 – Room and Board Residency Agreements for Individuals With ID-A Bulletin Public Comment.

Any questions you may have concerning the bulletin should be sent to ODP using subject header ”Room and Board Bulletin Public Comment.”

RCPA has submitted comments regarding this draft bulletin.

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ODP Announcement 21-053 announces the opportunity for public comment on the draft Room and Board Bulletin. The public comment period is open for 30 days from July 13, 2021 until August 13, 2021.

Under 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6100, room and board agreements:

  • Ensure that individuals have access to essential items such as food, cleaning products, toiletries, towels, bedding, access to a telephone and internet, etc.;
  • Are required whenever an individual receives the Residential Habilitation or Life Sharing Service through base funding, the Consolidated Waver, the Community Living Waiver, or the Adult Autism Waiver;
  • Are not required when an individual receives the Life Sharing service in a home that the individual owns or leases; and
  • Are not required when an individual receives Supported Living service since the individual owns or leases the home.

This bulletin was drafted to provide clarification on policies and procedures to providers for collecting and calculating room and board, provider responsibilities covered under room and board, and instructions on how to complete the Room and Board Residency Agreement.

COMMENTS: Interested stakeholders are invited to review and make comments on the proposed Room and Board Bulletin as outlined below. Comments received by 11:59 pm on August 13, 2021 will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the bulletin.

Comments submitted in writing should be addressed to:
Denise Adams-Moore,
Department of Human Services,
Office of Developmental Programs,
625 Forster Street, Room 510,
Harrisburg, PA 17120.

Comments submitted through email should be sent to ODP using subject header “Room and Board Bulletin Public Comment.”

There will be two webinars offered to provide an overview of the bulletin, answer questions, and provide an opportunity for participants to provide verbal comment. ODP encourages you to sign up for only one session that is most appropriate for your role, as there are limited spaces. These sessions will be recorded and posted on MyODP.