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Adult Autism Waiver Public Comment Period

A public comment period is being held for the Adult Autism Waiver Renewal. Changes to the waiver will be effective July 1, 2021. You have until March 29th to have your voice heard!

Through the public comment period, you tell policymakers what you think about proposed changes to the Adult Autism Waiver.

Policymakers will learn:

  • What changes are important to you
  • What can be improved
  • What is not needed

Your feedback is important because it helps policymakers make
and put policies and programs in place with your needs in mind.

The 5 Steps

The proposed renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver is available here
The public comment period for the renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver will be 30 days. For reference, February 27th is the first day of the public comment period, the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) will:

  1. Publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin; and
  2. Send an ODP Announcement through the ODP listserv.

Public comments can be submitted by mail or email by March 29, 2021. 
Email: RA-odpcomment@pa.gov with subject line “AAW Renewal”
Mail: Laura Cipriani, Department of Human Services
Office of Developmental Programs,
625 Forster Street, Room 510,
Harrisburg, PA 17120ODP will also be holding a webinar, March 16, 2021 from 2p-4p, where you can learn more about the proposed changes to the Adult Autism Waiver and provide public comment.

Register here for the webinar. Attendees may join by phone, but must be connected on the computer to make comments during the webinar.

If you require an auxiliary aid or service, you may submit comments using the Pennsylvania Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or by using one of the toll-free numbers:

    1. (800) 654-5984 (TDD users)
    2. (800) 654-5988 (voice users)
    3. (844) 308-9292 (Speech-to-Speech)
    4. (844) 308-9291 (Spanish)

Copies of the notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin may be obtained by contacting ODP at the following address to the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations or email:
Mail: P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105
Email: RA-odpautismwaiver@pa.gov

Policymakers then take your feedback and may make changes to the proposed waiver. 

Use the Resource Center

The ASERT Resource Center can provide you with information on several different topics, which can help inform your participation in public comment periods

Phone: 877-231-4244
Email: info@paautism.org

Public Comment Period (PDF)

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To learn more about what Public Comment Periods are, and how to get involved check out this video:

Public Comment Video