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The newly established Pennsylvania Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (PCC AP) is now offering certification and training for clinical supervisors and counselors who provide clinical treatment services in licensed substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities. Historically in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) has provided these certifications and trainings.

PCC AP, which also offers SUD and mental health peer certification, is affiliated with the Pennsylvania Association of Addiction Professionals and the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Both PCB and PCC AP/NAADAC offer certifications and training beneficial to those in the SUD field.

PCC AP aligns with Pennsylvania regulations and is currently providing a test-exempt period from February 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024. During this time, field licensure or certification holders can obtain PCC AP certification without a test, including certification for peers, counselors, and supervisors.

Detailed information about each certification level, including application processes and fees, can be found on the NAADAC website. Additionally, an FAQ page is available.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has shared ODPANN 23-102: Now Open: Registration for Certified Investigator (CI) Initial Certification Course. The Initial CI Certification Course was created to ensure that all incidents requiring an investigation receive a systematic review that meets established standards. To perform investigations, the CI candidate must successfully complete all requirements of the CI Initial Certification Course. The CI Initial Certification process, as well as steps for registering for the CI Initial Certification course, are described in ODPANN 23-102. Please review the announcement for information and details.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has shared ODPANN 23-067: Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-2024 Supports Broker Recertification Training. The purpose of this communication is to announce that Department-approved Supports Broker recertification training is available for the first seven months of Fiscal Year 2023/24. Please review the announcement for the available dates, and note that registration information will be forthcoming.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is sharing ODPANN 23-044: Now Open: Registration for Certified Investigator (CI) Initial Certification Course. The purpose of this announcement is to communicate that registration for the July–December 2023 CI Initial Certification Course classes (also known as cohorts) is now open on MyODP. View the announcement for a course description and registration details.

Registration and additional information for all classes may be found at LRA Consultants’ website. In addition to Open Registration classes, LRA Consultants can schedule online or in-person classes for your organization, usually at a per-person cost savings. Please visit their website for more information about all their courses, including self-paced options, or contact Laura Nuss via email or at 202-355-0799.

Mortality Review and Death Investigations Class
March 22–23, 2023
9:00 am – 11:30 am and
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
Cost: $416

LRA Consultants offers a 2-day training opportunity for State Oversight, Licensing and/or Survey Agencies, Protection and Advocacy Organizations, Provider Organizations, and Mortality Review Committee Members.

The death of an individual under the care of an organization requires an in-depth response on the part of the organization’s and/or oversight agency’s Incident and Risk Management System. Participants will learn the additional knowledge and skills, beyond those developed by conducting serious incident investigations alone, to effectively conduct a death investigation and mortality review meeting.

Conducting Serious Incident Investigations Class
April 4–6, 2023
9:00 am – 11:30 am and
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
Cost: $624

This three-day program is designed to teach participants the fundamental principles of investigation, including:

  • The role of speed, thoroughness, and objectivity in conducting investigations;
  • Collecting and preserving physical evidence;
  • Interviewing witnesses and obtaining written statements;
  • Collecting other documentary evidence; and
  • Reconciling conflicting testimonial evidence.

Level I Certified Investigator Exam
April 7, 2023
9:00 am CST
Cost: $189

LRA Consultants also offers the exam for Level I Certified Investigator to those who complete the Conducting Serious Incident Investigations course.

ODP Announcement 23-011 states that Support Service Professionals/Supports Brokers who were initially certified two years prior to the effective date of this waiver must complete the Supports Broker Certification program on or before the end of the third-year anniversary of the initial certification. Supports Brokers who were initially certified three or more years prior to the effective date of this waiver must complete the Supports Broker Certification program on or before July 1, 2023.

The Temple University Institute on Disabilities will offer six one-day virtual recertification training sessions. Dates are listed in the announcement.

Please contact the Participant Directed Services (PDS) Regional Lead in your area if you have questions.

Governor Shapiro is directing all state agencies, boards, and commissions to compile a catalog of the licenses, certificates, and permits they issue – including the statutory authority governing the length of time they must process applications and the application fee charged by each agency. Commonwealth agencies will have 90 days to send this information to the Governor’s Office, which will then review, analyze, and establish efficient application processing times for all occupational permits or licenses based on agency recommendations. Once those recommendations are put in place, if an agency does not respond to an applicant before the date-certain, the agency will be required to refund the application fee.

Under this Executive Order, the Governor’s Office will also conduct a review of the existing digital services that Pennsylvanians use to apply for licenses, certificates, and permits and work to modernize those application platforms and services to better serve Pennsylvanians.

Unpredictability and long wait times for Commonwealth-issued licenses, certificates, and permits can create unnecessary barriers for Pennsylvania workers and businesses. For example, an NPR analysis from 2021 found that Pennsylvania had some of the longest wait times in the country for issuing nursing licenses. More than half of the nursing applicants who applied in Pennsylvania that year waited at least three months to hear back.

In addition to nursing licenses, the Commonwealth issues hundreds of licenses, certificates, and permits, from barber and salon licenses to teacher certifications to business permits. Under the direction of the Governor, the Administration will work expeditiously to ensure Pennsylvanians get responses in a timely manner — and the Shapiro Administration will have real skin in the game. Governor Shapiro is making clear his Administration will be customer-service oriented and that state government will work harder to get them a response, so that they can pursue their dreams.

Read Executive Order 2023-07, Building Efficiency in the Commonwealth’s Permitting and Licensing Processes, here.