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Communication Corner – Communication and Mental Health

May is celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Month. We all have mental health but sometimes our mental health struggles. Some people may develop a mental illness.  Mental illness has the capability to impact our ability to communicate effectively.  It can impact our expressive and receptive communication skills; how we interact with the

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Provider Preparedness Webinar – Overview Of Performance-Based Contracting (PBC) For Residential Services Provider Kickoff

A informational webinar for residential service providers is now available. The webinar aims to prepare providers for the transition to the proposed Performance-Based Contracting (PBC) waiver model. Deputy Secretary, Kristin Ahrens and Director of the Bureau of Community Services, Lauren House provide a high-level overview of Performance-Based Contracting (PBC) for Residential Services.

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2024 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference – Charting Your Course

A limited number of scholarships for in-person or virtual attendance for youth/young adults and family/caregivers are being offered to attend the 2024 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference. The PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and PaTTAN are pleased to offer a limited number of in person or virtual youth/young adult and

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ICYMI: Department of Human Services Secretary Highlights Governor Shapiro’s Historic Budget Investments in Intellectual Disability and Autism Services, Workforce 

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh recently published two opinion pieces highlighting the historic investments for intellectual disability and autism (ID/A) services and the ID/A workforce in Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 proposed budget. At events across the Commonwealth, Secretary Arkoosh has met with advocates, families, caregivers, and direct support

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Pennsylvania Recognized During National 2024 Charting the LifeCourse Showcase

During the 2024 Charting the LifeCourse Showcase held in Kansas City, Missouri, two representatives of Pennsylvania’s support professional cohort were recognized for their work. Pam Schaefer, Training and Development Senior Analyst at KenCrest, and Jack Butler, Director of Person-Centered Supports at Achieva each received awards at the national conference recognizing their innovative

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Communication Corner – Communication and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

April is recognized as Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month Communication is typically impacted by ASD. Some of those impacts may include… Limited or different eye contact Difficulty noticing and understanding non-verbal cues such as facial expressions and gestures Varying abilities to use speech as communication Trouble communicating about subjects not of special

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Save the Date: 2024 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC)!

November 5-7, 2024 The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) invites you to save the date for the 2024 Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference! The conference will be held virtually from November 5th to November 7th 2024. More details, as well as registration information to follow. Do you know an artist or storyteller? Encourage

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Today Is Move Your Way Day!

Governor Josh Shapiro signed a proclamation recognizingApril 18, 2024 as Move Your Way Day The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and Governor Josh Shapiro’s office invite you to Move Your Way!  To acknowledge the National Day of Exercise and ODP’s new campaign to encourage physical activity, Governor Josh Shapiro has signed the

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ODP ISAC Member to Testify on Workforce Shortages

Nicholas “Nick” Smith, member of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Information Sharing and Advisory Committee (ISAC) will be testifying in front of the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging on the topic of “The Long-Term Care Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving the Profession” on Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 AM. Nick is