PAR Mail 2018-068 | April 13, 2018
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PAR
1. PAR Mail 2018-064 : Alert - Numerous Disability Organizations Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements
2. PAR Mail 2018-065 : Membership Meeting - Sec. Miller, ANCOR CEO & Autism Bureau Update
3. PAR Mail 2018-066 : Register for April 24 PAR Nursing and Health Services Workgroup Meeting
4. PAR Mail 2018-067 : Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Advances

State Government
5. ODP Communication 032-18 : Certified Investigator Peer Review Spring Courses Now Open for Registration
6. ODP Communication 033-18 : Person Centered Thinking Training Available
7. ODP Communication 034-18 : Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Vacancy Exception Process
8. ODP Communication 035-18 : Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Self-Assessment Period
10. ODP Bulletin 00-18-01 : Guidelines Concerning Sexual Health, Personal Relationships, and Sexuality
13. May 15: Primary Election Day
14. May 18: Cabinet in Your Community Event for Luzerne and Lackawanna
15. June 12: Save The Date for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania's Blight Summit
16. ODP Provider Agreement Due May 1

ANCOR
18. Capitol Correspondence : NASDDDS Letter on EVV, Congress Revisiting 2 Budget Issues and More!

Other
PAR

1. PAR Mail 2018-064 : Alert - Numerous Disability Organizations Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements
A number of national disability advocacy organizations are speaking out in opposition to the Trump Administration's recent decision directing the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) authorizing states to write work requirements into eligibility standards for participation in Medicaid funded programs. 

2. PAR Mail 2018-065 : Membership Meeting - Sec. Miller, ANCOR CEO & Autism Bureau Update
Click above to read an overview of the presentations made at the PAR General Membership meeting from DHS Secretary Miller, ANCOR CEO Barbara Merrill and Autism Bureau Director Nina Wall.

3. PAR Mail 2018-066 : Register for April 24 PAR Nursing and Health Services Workgroup Meeting
Register today for the first 2018 PAR Nursing and Health Services Workgroup Meeting.

4. PAR Mail 2018-067 : Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Advances
On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 the Pennsylvania House Health Committee gave approval to a bill that would impose work or work search requirements for individuals receiving Medicaid.
State Government

5. ODP Communication 032-18 : Certified Investigator Peer Review Spring Courses Now Open for Registration
The purpose of this communication is to notify ODP stakeholders that registration for the Certified Investigator Peer Review Course is now available on MyODP.

6. ODP Communication 033-18 : Person Centered Thinking Training Available
The purpose of this communication from the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is to announce the availability of two more sessions of two-day Person Centered Thinking training and to provide registration information.

7. ODP Communication 034-18 : Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Vacancy Exception Process
This communication from the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) includes information for providers regarding the procedures related to the residential habilitation vacancy factor exception for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

8. ODP Communication 035-18 : Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Self-Assessment Period
The purpose of this announcement is to inform providers that the period for required completion of the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Provider Self-Assessment is from April 11 – June 12, 2018 and to provide guidance for completion of the self-assessments.

The Office of Developmental Programs' April Newsletter highlights events, training opportunities and news articles from The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). Page 8 and 9 highlight Employment Initiatives in the department. Click to view the newsletter .

10. ODP Bulletin 00-18-01 : Guidelines Concerning Sexual Health, Personal Relationships, and Sexuality
The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute " Sexual Health, Personal Relationships, and Sexuality Guidelines " and encourage provider agencies to develop policies consistent with the Guidelines.

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is developing the Child Care Development Fund and Block Grant (CCDBG) State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2019-2021. This hearing is an opportunity to learn more about what the State Plan is and why it is important. This hearing will be held on April 30 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the PaTTAN office in Harrisburg. For more information, click here .

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is developing the Child Care Development Fund and Block Grant (CCDBG) State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2019-2021. This hearing is an opportunity to learn more about what the State Plan is and why it is important. This hearing will be held on May 8 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Philadelphia. For more information, click here .

13. May 15: Primary Election Day
Tuesday, May 15 is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. You must be registered to vote by April 16 in order to vote in the Primary. Click here to register ! If you can't make it to the polls, click here to learn how to vote by absentee ballot .

14. May 18: Cabinet in Your Community Event for Luzerne and Lackawanna
Join Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller at the Cabinet in Your Community event on May 18 starting at 11:00 am. Secretary Miller will be joined by other Cabinet Secretaries to talk about issues that are important to community members. Click for more information .

15. June 12: Save The Date for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania's Blight Summit
The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania will hold their Blight Summit in Lancaster PA on June 12th. Details about registration will be released soon.

16. ODP Provider Agreement Due May 1
All providers including Supports Coordination Organizations (SCO) and Agency With Choice (AWC) providers must submit the Provider Agreement to ODP no later than close of business on May 1, 2018 via email at ra-odpprovideragreem@pa.gov. View the ODP Provider Agreement Cover Letter signed by Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler.

The Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller attended a monthly meeting of Spectrum Friends which is a support group for local adults with autism. To read the full press release, click here .
ANCOR

18. Capitol Correspondence : NASDDDS Letter on EVV, Congress Revisiting 2 Budget Issues and More!
Click to read ANCOR's weekly publication containing congressional news, administration and judicial news, state news and more!
Other

The Self Advocacy Power Network for All (SAPNA) is hosting the Let's Speak Up! and Let's Get to Work! event for individuals with disabilities and their guests. Topics discussed will be getting ready to work, looking for and finding a job, applying and interviewing, supports and accommodations, keeping your benefits and who can help. The event will be held on May 2 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm in Erie. Click here for more information and to RSVP .

The Self Advocacy Power Network for All (SAPNA) is hosting the Let's Speak Up! and Let's Get to Work! event for individuals with disabilities and their guests. Topics discussed will be getting ready to work, looking for and finding a job, applying and interviewing, supports and accommodations, keeping your benefits and who can help. The event will be held on May 3 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm in St. Mary's. Click here for more information and to RSVP .