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ADvancing States and NASHP are hosting a webinar on Direct Service Workers and Direct Service Professional initiatives. Speakers from Missouri and Indiana will share initiatives taking place in their states. The webinar will include information on a direct support professional apprentice program, a value-based purchasing model for training direct support professionals, and a direct service worker Advisory Board.

This webinar will be held on Monday, July 18 at 4:00 pm ET. Register here.

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April 28, 2022
John Buffone, Director of Media and Public Relations
(724) 968-7322

As Mental Health Awareness Month gets underway in May, counties are once again sounding the alarm about the shortcomings of the crumbling mental health system in Pennsylvania and the steps needed to assure appropriate funding and resources are available to support those in need of these important services.

State funding for mental health services has lagged behind actual need for years, negatively impacting crucial community-based mental health services provided by counties, such as crisis intervention, support for individuals leaving state facilities, treatment, community consultation and education, day services, and prevention. Without a strong partnership from the state to provide the funding to meet the ever-increasing needs for these services, the additional costs will ultimately be incurred by county property taxpayers.

Visit here to read the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s (CCAP) full news release.

On April 4, 2022, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD), has developed Missouri Talent Pathways, a registered apprenticeship program that combines on-the-job mentoring and technical instruction to recruit and retain a skilled and dedicated workforce.

Visit here for more information.

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Message from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Deputy Kristen Houser:

Providers of IBHS, mobile crisis services, family-based mental health services, and psychiatric rehabilitation services received an attestation form for HCBS Workforce Gap payments on or after January 19, 2022. Following release of the attestation forms, OMHSAS received concerns regarding the anticipated payment amounts and allowable uses of the funds. To address these concerns, OMHSAS committed to reviewing the data used in the methodology to calculate payments and released an FAQ on February 9, 2022.

On the original data run, the absence of available CY 2021 data was of particular concern for providers of IBHS, given that 2020 was a year of transition from BHRS to IBHS. When OMHSAS first pulled data to calculate payments to each of these provider types and locations, CY 2021 data was not available. We have re-run the payment calculations using CY 2021 data. Where CY 2019 data showed a more favorable outcome for a provider, the CY 2019 was used. The CY 2019 data was supplemented with 2021 data for FBMH, Mobile Crisis, and PRS provider locations that were not present in the CY 2019 data and that had more favorable data in CY 2021.

Please note that any previously submitted attestation forms will be considered null and void, and OMHSAS will be sending new forms with the new amounts reflecting the most complete claims data in the next few weeks. We will send notification through our email list when they are sent.

If you have not checked your contact information and both email and physical addresses in PROMISe, please do so immediately to help ensure the quickest method of notification.

If you have questions about provider qualifications or other topics related to these payments, please refer to our FAQs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We know these payments for workforce recruitment and retention are critical, and it is important to us that they be as accurate as possible.

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has updated its guidance about payments to strengthen the home and community-based services (HCBS) workforce and assist Adult Day Service (ADS) providers. The updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is available under the “Strengthening the Workforce” heading on the DHS Long-Term Care Providers page.

To maximize the use of federal funding under Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, OLTL has moved the date by which providers must spend “Strengthening the Workforce” and “Adult Day Services” funds from March 31, 2024, to October 1, 2023. This change allows sufficient time for providers to file an expenditure report and return unspent funds as applicable. OLTL will offer additional details about ARPA expenditure reporting in coming months.

Providers that have questions about this information should contact the OLTL Provider Helpline at 800-932-0939.

Amplifying The Voices Of Direct Support Professionals
March 9–10, 2022

On March 9–10, 2022, the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals will embark on its first-ever national advocacy event to bring the direct support professional (DSP) perspective to the forefront of Congress and the Administration during a time of unprecedented workforce challenges. Hardships from the pandemic and recent legislation have provided new insights and opportunities for the direct support workforce that supports people with disabilities.

The NADSP recognizes the previous absence and critical importance of lifting the voices of DSPs to federal policy-makers so that public policy can be informed by the people who are on the front-lines of supporting people with disabilities to live, work, and thrive in the community. In February 2022, the NADSP will provide direct support professionals with materials to prepare for legislative meetings. This will lead up to a 1.5-day virtual symposium that will culminate with virtual meetings with Congressional leaders and staff to educate and advocate on NADSP’s public policy priorities for 2022.

Thank you to NADSP’s Gold Sponsors

NADSP’s 2022 Policy Priorities

  • Establish a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) for direct support professionals within the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • Assure effective implementation of workforce development initiatives authorized through legislation that leads to wages commensurate with the level of responsibility and the complexity of this work, as well as career ladder opportunities that lead to professional growth.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, March 9, 2:00 pm–5:30 pm ET

  • 2:00 pm–2:15 pm ET: Welcome
  • 2:15 pm–3:00 pm ET: Expert Panel Discussion: The Direct Support Workforce and Public Policy: Building Quality at the Point of Interaction
  • 3:00 pm–3:15 pm ET: Sponsor Break with CareSource
  • 3:15 pm–4:00 pm ET: A Call to Action: NADSP’s Message to Congress
  • 4:00 pm–4:15 pm ET: Sponsor Break with Amerigroup
  • 4:15 pm–5:30 pm ET: Hook, Line, and Sinker: Soapbox Interactive Legislative Hill Meeting Preparation with Christopher Kush

Thursday, March 10, 2022
Legislative Meetings

After registering, all individuals will receive a confirmation note and a separate email with a Zoom link. Meeting details will arrive from Soapbox Consulting by Friday, March 4, 2022. Please note that your meeting time will depend on your zip code and Congressional District.

A detailed schedule of events, along with the expectations of attendees, is on our event landing page. Ready to answer our call to action? Visit ‘Register Now’ below to learn more.