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The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved ODP’s proposal to expand funding made available to Administrative Entities (AE) and Counties to support individuals and families on the waiting list. This will allow for the pursuit of innovative strategies to provide alternatives to Community Participation Support (CPS) services. Please read the announcement for full details.

A message from the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP):

On February 3, 2021, the Department announced temporarily enhanced rates for Community Participation Supports and Transportation Trip services applied for services rendered January 1 through June 30, 2021. The end dates for the temporary rates were programmed in the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS) as per the timeframe published in the PA Bulletin; therefore, rates effective July 1, 2021 reverted to the previously published rates for these services.

In May 2021, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published SMD# 21-003 RE: Implementation of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Section 9817: Additional Support for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) during the COVID-19 Emergency. The requirements outlined in this SMD include the use of the federal funds attributable to the increased federal medical assistance percentage rate for certain Medicaid expenditures for HCBS to supplement existing state funds expended for Medicaid HCBS in effect as of April 1, 2021. The Department is meeting with CMS to discuss the impact this guidance has, if any, on the temporary enhanced rates.

Information will be shared with providers as soon as possible.

Thank you.

ODP reissued Announcement 19-049 in order to remind providers of the continued opportunity of

Getting Connected to the Community: Practical Skills for Building Person Centered Community Connections and to provide contact information for interested parties.

This interactive, three-hour training serves as a foundation for individuals receiving the Community Participation Support (CPS) service and their support teams. During this training, individuals, families, and their support teams (provider staff, Supports Coordinators) come together to brainstorm about and plan for building/enhancing person centered community connections. Training participants will practice utilizing person-centered thinking resources and techniques in the context of CPS. Information gathered using these skills can help teams develop meaningful plans for the implementation of CPS.

Provider agencies are invited to host this training at their local sites. Trainers will work with the provider agency to schedule the training on a date and time that work for the individuals, families, support teams, agency staff, and trainers. The training is designed for a maximum of 30 participants. The provider agency is asked to provide a space to hold a maximum of 30 people working in small groups. The trainers bring all of the training equipment and supplies.

If you are interested in hosting this training at your agency or have any questions, please submit your request via email. You can also call Jeff Wheeler at 800-446-5607 ext. 6881 or 412-826-6881, or Melissa Mecke at 717-901-2164.