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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Announcements

Department of Human Services Emphasizes Importance of Support for People with Disabilities During COVID-19 Emergency

The Department of Human Services (DHS) today hosted a virtual press briefing to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities during the public-health emergency and share information about the department’s efforts to support this vulnerable population throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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Using the Integrated Supports Star to Problem Solve

The Integrated Supports Star is a tool that was developed by the UMKC Institute for Human Development and is one of many tools that are available at https://www.lifecoursetools.com.  It is a tool that encourages us to solve problems by looking for ideas in five different categories:  Personal Strengths & Assets, Relationships, Eligibility supports, Community Supports […]

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COVID-19 AND CHILD CARE IN PENNSYLVANIA

Please see the following resource from the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning. It contains valuable information pertaining to child care that is available for all life-sustaining personnel.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Operational Guides for Appendix K: Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Person/Family Directed Support, Community Living, Consolidated Waivers and Adult Autism Waivers

The purpose of the Operational Guide is to provide guidance to Providers (including services rendered under a participant-directed services model), Supports Coordination Organizations, Administrative Entities, and ODP to ensure adherence to the conditions of the emergency amendments approved in Appendix K and provide specific guidance on process, documentation, and health and safety measures.

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Human Services Highlights Research in Service Delivery for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Dual Diagnoses

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today released the fourth edition of The Pennsylvania Journal on Positive Approaches. DHS’ Office of Developmental Programs and Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services recently began publishing the journal again for the first time in more than 20 years.  

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What the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Announcement Regarding the Order of Selection Waiting List Means for Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) Services

To disseminate clarification on access to ODP-funded employment-related services after the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (OVR) announcement on February 1, 2020 regarding the Order of Selection and the OVR waiting list.

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Pennsylvania Launches ‘Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters

Governor Tom Wolf announced a focused multi-agency effort and anti-stigma campaign, ‘Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters,’ aimed at expanding resources and the state’s comprehensive support of mental health and related health care priorities in Pennsylvania.

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Updated Guidelines: Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of autism for the first time in 12 years.

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Enrolling as an Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Transportation Provider

The Adult Autism Waiver has been amended to include a new service, Transportation. ODP anticipates the waiver amendment will be effective January 1, 2020. This communication is intended to provide information about how to enroll as a provider of this service.

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MyODP News Online Replaces ODP Newsletter

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is excited to announce the launch of MyODP News Online, an online site that replaces our monthly newsletter with a resource containing real time online news that is most pertinent to our stakeholders.

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ODP and OMHSAS Publishes Positive Approaches Journal Volume 8, Issue 3: “Rights, Risks, and Restrictions”

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) announce the publication of a new issue of Positive Approaches Journal, written by and for professionals who provide supports and services to individuals with mental and behavioral health challenges, intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities.

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Bureau of Autism Services – New Name Announced

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce the extension of the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) to include the establishment of the Special Populations Unit. This has occasioned the renaming of the Bureau of Autism Services to the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations (BSASP).

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New ODP Communication Notification Feature for MyODP Users

ODP has launched a communication notification feature for all MyODP registered users. Users will begin receiving web and email notifications for all ODP communications that are added to the MyODP Communications page.

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