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September Communication Corner

September Celebrates World Day of the Deaf! Please join us in celebrating World Day of the Deaf on September 25th, 2022.  This very special day is meant not only to celebrate Deaf culture but also to bring awareness to the need for equity in communication and that communication is a basic human

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DHS Statewide Transition Plan

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is accepting comments on Pennsylvania’s Final Statewide Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Services.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule to ensure all individuals receiving services and supports through Medicaid waivers have full access to the benefits

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MyODP Podcast – Thinking of Others

Working on prosocial behaviors like helping, sharing, comforting, and cooperating, have so many benefits. We will talk about ways you can help someone hone their prosocial behaviors – simple things that you may already be doing to teach someone to do their laundry or cook a meal. Please note that some early

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Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week – September 11-17,2022

Governor Tom Wolf has signed an official proclamation dedicating the week of September 11th through September 17th, 2022 Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. The proclamation, available to read here, recognizes the vital contributions DSPs provide to address the physical and mental health of individuals with disabilities, as well as veterans and


PA Developmental Disabilities Council Grant Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) announced the release of their Request for Application (RFA) book for the 2022-2026 State Plan. The RFA includes 15 grant opportunities that begin in July of 2023. The deadline to submit applications for these grants is Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Download the RFA and learn more

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Claim and Service Documentation webcast now available

The Claim and Service Documentation webinar held on August 4th is now available to view on MyODP. This webcast is for all Providers of Consolidated, Community Living, Person/Family Directed Support, and Adult Autism Waiver Services, base-funded services, and Targeted Services Management (TSM). The webcast provides an overview of the intent and purpose of the Technical Guidance for Claim

Positive Approaches Journal


The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Positive Approaches Journal is now available. Positive Approaches Volume 11, Issue 2 focuses on lived experiences and emerging treatments and supports for people with mental health challenges,

ODP Family Satisfaction Survey Highlights

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) would like to thank you for taking the time to complete the Family Survey about your satisfaction with the support your loved one receives from Supports Coordinators (SC) so they can live the life they want to live. 512 family members took the survey.  We understand that

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Finally Home: Housing Symposium

Values Into Action invites you to attend their virtual housing symposium Finally Home on September 7, 2022 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The event will include a day of presentations and discussions around housing for people with disabilities. The program will include: Opening speaker Erica McFadden, Director of Independent Living at

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The ODP Training Calendar for September 2022 is now available. The full listing of available trainings is below. Click the session title to register. Be sure to keep up-to-date with schedule adjustments by checking emails from the ODP listservs. DateTimeTitleDescriptionAudience9/6/20221:00 PM - 2:30 PMVOH Medically Complex Conditions Training Series: Respiratory Assistance and