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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Announcements

Waiver Amendment Public Comment Period Extended and Webinar Recordings Now Available on MyODP

The purpose of this communication is to inform all interested parties that the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is extending the public comment period on proposed changes to the Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS), Community Living, and the Adult Autism Waivers. In addition, ODP is announcing the availability of the recordings of the webinars regarding the proposed changes to the waivers.

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Public Comment Starts December 18, 2020 for Proposed Amendments to the ID/A Waivers and Adult Autism Waiver

Proposed amendments to the Consolidated, P/FDS, Community Living and Adult Autism Waivers effective March 1, 2021, will be available for review and comment starting December 18, 2020. There is a 30-day public comment period that starts on December 18, 2020 and ends on January 18, 2021.

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PADDC ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The PA Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce two new funding opportunities for organizations and individuals. The first opportunity is for Community Response Projects. The second new funding opportunity is for Leadership, Empowerment, and Advocacy Fund (LEAF) Scholarships.

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Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have developed the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP).  This program is designed to directly support COVID-19 readiness and response in long-term residential care facilities, including long-term care nursing facilities, personal care homes, and assisted living residences.

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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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