PAR Mail 2017-222
News YOU Can USE
You will notice this News YOU Can USE is a bit longer than usual. We took a one-week recess from News YOU Can USE while 670 of us were at the PAR Solutions Conference. Stay tuned for photos from the amazing event!

DHS/ODP
  1. ODP Communication 114-17: Provider Qualification Process for New Providers
  2. ODP Communication 115-17: Consolidated Waiver Fee Residential Rate Exception Process
  3. ODP Communication 116-17: Now Available: Community Living Waiver Effective January 1, 2018 Submitted to CMS
  4. ODP Communication 117-17: Now Available: New Community Participation Supports Training Module 7 Building Relationships That Sustain a Community Life
  5. ODP Communication 118-17: Notice of Intent to Re-issue Bulletin #00-17-02 Claim and Service Documentation with a Correction on the Timing for Completion of Progress Notes
  6. BAS Communication BAW17-36: Adult Austism Waiver Amendment Approval
  7. The Department of Human Services (DHS) Staffing Updates
  8. Eligibility for Community HealthChoices
  9. PA APSE Statewide Day on Employment: Supporting People to have a Meaningful Life with Karen Lee
  10. Money Follows the Person Initiative Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series: Drumming with Autism
  11. Money Follows the Person Initiative Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series: Delving More Deeply into Biographical Timeline Facilitation
  12. Register for the Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit (PADES
Other
14. U.S. EEOC Issues Guide to Assist Federal Agencies to Provide Personal Assistance Services
15. Governor Wolf Issued Veto of the Human Services Code
16. Join Resources for Human Development (RHD) for a training on " Putting Philosophy into Practice: Trauma Informed Care in Community Settings "
17. DRP Successfully Resolves Several Lawsuits Against PA Department of Human Services
DHS/ODP
1 . ODP Communication 114-17: Provider Qualification Process for New Providers
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) released this announcement to communicate the process that Administrative Entities (AEs) are using to validate that a new provider applicant has successfully completed Provider Qualifications requirements. The new process was effective September 11, 2017.

2. ODP Communication 115-17: Consolidated Waiver Fee Residential Rate Exception Process
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) announced the criteria, process and procedures for residential fee schedule rate exceptions in the Consolidated Waiver. Click to view the Needs Exception Allowance Tool , Life Experience Appraisal Form , and Life Experience Appraisal Assessment Review .

3. ODP Communication 116-17: Now Available: Community Living Waiver Effective January 1, 2018 Submitted to CMS
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) announced that the Community Living Waiver has been submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Waiver submitted to CMS is available on the Department of Human Services website. The Community Living Waiver is expected to be effective on January 1, 2018.

4. ODP Communication 117-17: Now Available: New Community Participation Supports Training Module 7 Building Relationships That Sustain a Community Life
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) announced to providers that the seventh module of the required Community Participation Supports training is now available on MyODP.org and to provide additional information on the curriculum.

5. ODP Communication 118-17: Notice of Intent to Re-issue Bulletin #00-17-02 Claim and Service Documentation with a Correction on the Timing for Completion of Progress Notes
This announcement provides notice of ODP’s intent to re-issue Bulletin # 00-17-02 entitled “Claim and Service Documentation Requirements for Providers of Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waiver Services and Targeted Services Management” and provide a correction related to the timing for completion of progress notes.

6. BAS Communication BAW17-36: Adult Austism Waiver Amendment Approval
This communication is to announce that the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) has received approval for the Adult Autism Waiver amendment.

7. The Department of Human Services (DHS) Staffing Updates
  • Leesa Allen, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP), will be moving into the Executive Deputy Secretary position. With more than 23 years of experience in the commonwealth in positions ranging from children and youth case worker to policy specialist to chief of staff in OMAP, I can’t think of a better fit for the job. Leesa will continue to support OMAP until a replacement is found.  
 
  • Johanna Fabian-Marks will serve as DHS’ chief of staff. Johanna moved to Harrisburg two years ago to join the Pennsylvania Insurance Department as a Special Deputy and Director of Life, Accident, and Health Insurance Product Regulation. Prior to joining the Insurance Department, Johanna worked on implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. I’m so happy to have her on my team again, and I know she’ll be a valuable asset to the department.

8. Eligibility for Community HealthChoices
Click to view the Community HealthChoices one pager on eligibility.

9. PA APSE Statewide Day on Employment: Supporting People to have a Meaningful Life with Karen Lee
On November 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, this interactive session will create strategies on how to help people have a life with meaning, dignity, connections, work, and fun. We will explore how to use everyday community supports to prepare for discovery, job development and making social connections. The cost is free for APSE members and $25 fro non-members. Please RSVP/Register with Verna Morris at  Vmorris@paquest.com  with your name, affiliation, contact information and if you need any accessibility accommodations by Friday, November 10. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

10. Money Follows the Person Initiative Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series: Drumming with Autism
Join Jim Donovan, M.Ed. on November 20, 2017 for a workshop designed to show people how to facilitate rhythmic interventions for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For more information, click here .

11. Money Follows the Person Initiative Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series: Delving More Deeply into Biographical Timeline Facilitation
Join Dr. Beth Barol on December 1, 2017 for a presentation focused on exploring clinical and group dynamic issues that arise to help improve supports and clinical interventions. Click here for more information.

The PADES Summit will take place on December 6 and 7 in King of Prussia, PA. This summit brings together employers, government agencies, services providers and potential employees to dispel myths and discuss opportunities for people with disabilities to find employment.
Other
At the beginning of the 2018 summer, interns participate in a 1-week orientation session to learn about AAPD and the disability rights movement, meet the other interns, and participate in a variety of engaging workshops and events. As part of the AAPD network, interns also receive opportunities to attend events on Capitol Hill, conferences, community events, briefings, and more. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2017. for more information, click here!

14. U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission Issues Guide to Assist Federal Agencies to Provide Personal Assistance Services
The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a Questions and Answers Guide to assist federal agencies to provide personal assistance services (PAS). Click here to view the questions and answers.

15. Governor Wolf Issued Veto of Human Services Code (House Bill 59)
Last week, Governor Tom Wolf issued his veto of the Human Services Code legislation, HB 59. The Governor's veto reflects PAR's advocacy against imposing a premium on Medicaid recipients (see PAR Mail 17-134 )

16. Join Resources for Human Development (RHD) for a training on " Putting Philosophy into Practice: Trauma Informed Care in Community Settings "
RHD's conference will educate about understanding the current research of the ACES and Trauma in urban settings, comparing and contrasting trauma specific approaches, learn concrete steps to implement trauma informed care in your setting. Click here for more information!

17. Disability Rights PA Successfully Resolves Several Lawsuits Against Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Click to view an update from Disability Rights PA regarding lawsuits with the Department of Human Services.