PAR Mail 2018-051 | March 9, 2018
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2. PAR Mail 2018-045 : Reminder: Register for DHS "Simplify the System" Feedback Meeting
3. PAR Mail 2018-046 : Register Now for the April PAR General Membership Meeting
4. PAR Mail 2018-047 : DHS Highlights Three-Year Rate Refresh at Budget Hearing
5. PAR Mail 2018-048 : Continue to Submit Feedback to Simplify the System
6. PAR Mail 2018-049 : Register for PAR 2380/2390 Workgroup Meeting
7. PAR Mail 2018-050 : CMS Examining ICFs for Emergency Preparedness Compliance

State Government
8. ODP Communication 025-18 : Updating AE, SCO and Provider Contact Information for Quality Assessment & Improvement Process
9. ODP Communication 026-18 : Clarifications on Residential Service Staffing Ratios and Supplemental Habilitation in Residential Habilitation Services
10. ODP Communication 027-18 : CDS and Fires Safety Licensing Requirements
11. BAS Communication BAW18-10 : Spring 2018 Statewide ASD Seminars: Registration Open
15. March 13: Election Day Alert - 18th Congressional District Special Election

ANCOR
16. ANCOR Capitol Correspondence : ODEP Webinars Deadline, MFP Bill in US House, State News Now Weekly

Other
20. June 25-28 AAIDD Reaffirming Diversity and Inclusion Conference
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2. PAR Mail 2018-045 : Reminder: Register for DHS "Simplify the System" Feedback Meeting
Register to join the PAR Meeting with ODP/DHS to provide ideas and recommendations for how to simplify the system.

3. PAR Mail 2018-046 : Register Now for the April PAR General Membership Meeting
Register today to join PAR for the April 5 General Membership Meeting. ANCOR's CEO Barbara Merrill will join us!

4. PAR Mail 2018-047 : DHS Highlights Three-Year Rate Refresh at Budget Hearing
Acting DHS Secretary Miller tell Legislators that Medicaid work requirements would cost more than they would save.

5. PAR Mail 2018-048 : Continue to Submit Feedback to Simplify the System
The team at Deloitte appreciates all the comments and recommendations they received and welcome continued feedback to simplify the system. Click for information on how to submit your recommendations.

6. PAR Mail 2018-049 : Register for PAR 2380/2390 Workgroup Meeting
The March 29 2380/2390 Workgroup meeting will include a session dedicated to the unique issues faced by rural providers.

7. PAR Mail 2018-050 : CMS Examining ICFs for Emergency Preparedness Compliance
Register today for ANCOR's webinar on CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements for ICFs. During the webinar, the presenters will break down each of the rule components; providing steps, tools, strategies to meet each component; and how to pass a CMS pass audit. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.
State Government

8. ODP Communication 025-18 : Updating AE, SCO and Provider Contact Information for Quality Assessment & Improvement Process
This Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) announcement is intended to instruct AEs, SCOs and Providers to review and submit updates of their primary and secondary contact information for the Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA&I) Process by close of business Friday, April 13, 2018.

9. ODP Communication 026-18 : Clarifications on Residential Service Staffing Ratios and Supplemental Habilitation in Residential Habilitation Services
This Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) announcement provides guidance to interested parties on team discussions and documentation of staffing ratios and guidance on Supplemental Habilitation in Residential Habilitation services.

10. ODP Communication 027-18 : CDS and Fires Safety Licensing Requirements
This Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) announcement communicates which current regulatory sections are supported by the Courses in the College of Direct Supports (CDS).

11. BAS Communication BAW18-10 : Spring 2018 Statewide ASD Seminars: Registration Open
This Bureau of Autism Services communication announced that registration is open for upcoming free statewide professional training opportunities: Comprehensive FBA Training, provided by the Bureau of Autism Services Clinical Team.

View the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) March Newsletter . The newsletter contains important department information, upcoming events and training opportunities.

Cash assistance makes up a small portion of DHS' state general funds providing health care, services to seniors and individual with disabilities, and services to children and families throughout PA. View this infographic from the Department of Human Services (DHS) which is part of a series focusing on how budget funds are used throughout the department.

View the proclamation issued by Governor Wolf declaring March 2018 to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

15. March 13: Election Day Alert - 18th Congressional District Special Election
A special election is being held to fill the vacancy created by the departure of incumbent Tim Murphy. Election Day is Tuesday, March 13. Those with a disability can submit an Emergency Application for an Absentee Ballot . If you have any concerns, questions, or need assistance you can contact Disability Rights Pennsylvania for assistance at 1-800-692-7443 or intake@disabilityrightspa.org. On Election Day, you can call the Election Day Hotline at 717-839-5227 or email electionday@disabilityrightspa.org.
ANCOR

16. ANCOR Capitol Correspondence : ODEP Webinars Deadline, MFP Bill in US House, State News Now Weekly
View ANCOR's weekly publication containing congressional news, administration and judicial news, state news and more!
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Individuals with disabilities ad their guests are invited to join SAPNA, the Self Advocacy Power Network for All, to talk about Speaking Up! Topics will included everyone's rights, self advocacy, responsibility and more. The event will be held on March 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Philadelphia. For more information and to RSVP, view the flyer here .

Individuals with disabilities and their guests from the greater Butler area are invited to take part in their fun, free, interactive, life-changing conversation. SAPNA, the Self Advocacy Power Network for All, will talk about waiver changes and use Life Course tools. This event will be held on March 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in Butler, PA. for more information and the register, click here to view the flyer .

The Arc Lancaster Lebanon, Lititz PA is hosting a Participant-Directed Services and Supports Brokering Information Session. This session will contain information about Participant-Directed Services, Financial Management Services, and Supports Brokers. Both sessions will cover the same material. For more information and to register, view the flyer here .

20. June 25-28 AAIDD Reaffirming Diversity and Inclusion Conference
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is holding their 142nd Annual Meeting, Reaffirming Diversity & Inclusion on June 25-28 in St. Louis, Missouri. Click for the full schedule of events, plenary speakers and registration information.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) released an analysis of the President's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and how it would impact individuals with disabilities. Click to read AUCD's full analysis here .

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) launched a Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale (DABS). This tool provides a comprehensive standardized assessment of adaptive behavior. Read AAIDD's full article to learn more about this diagnostic tool.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the 2018 Federal Poverty Level Standards. Click to view the information bulletin with the updated information.