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Message from the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL):

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is offering a webinar on the topic of the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Benefits Counseling, which provides individuals, their families, friends, and caregivers information relative to their benefits/services and competitive integrated employment. This overview will be presented by Ms. Joy Smith, AHEDD Work Incentive Planning and Assistance, Certified Work Incentive Coordinator, Regional Manager.

Office of Long-Term Living Service Coordinators, Direct Service Providers, CHC-MCO staff, and any individuals that work on employment are strongly encouraged to participate in this webinar on an overview of Benefits Counseling as it relates to the participants you serve.

The Overview of Benefits Counseling webinar is on April 21, 2022, from 10:00 am–11:00 am.

Please register using this register link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have questions, please contact Edward M. Butler or call 717-214-3718.

The Office of Development Programs (ODP) Announcement 21-002 provides notice that the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment will increase beginning in January 2021. This will impact providers who collect room and board such as residential habilitation or life-sharing services through the Consolidated, Community Living, and Adult Autism Waivers. It will also impact providers of base-funded residential habilitation and life-sharing services.

To account for the new cost of living adjustment (COLA), room and board contracts should be reviewed to determine the appropriate adjustment. The following room and board contract (DP 1051) is found on the ODP website by following this path: Resources> Intellectual Disability> Forms.

Beginning on July 1, 2020, the requirements for room and board as established in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6100 must be followed. ODP is in the process of replacing the DP 1051 form to reflect Sections §§6100.681-6100.694 that providers will begin to use. The present DP 1051 will continue to be accepted as current until the annual due date or until a change requires that a new form be completed.

The Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) has released a report this month outlining recommendations on how to strengthen the Representative Payee Program of the Social Security Administration (SSA). This report is the result of a two-year study of the current Representative Payee Program serving more than 8 million vulnerable beneficiaries/recipients, including children and adults.

The five section report includes short-term recommendations to SSA and Congress, and also advocates for the Office of Management and Budget to pursue long-term structural changes which will involve comprehensive government-wide coordination efforts and cross-agency reforms. More information, as well as a link to the full report, is available on the SSAB website.