Drug Free Workplace PA announced the launch of their training and education services.
DFWPA has designed over 30 mental health and drug education lessons, all of which can be accessed via their website at DrugFreeWorkplacePA.org. All lessons are self-paced and most can be completed in less than twenty minutes. An additional feature of the online classes is their Family Education Program (FEP). The FEP is dedicated to teaching Pennsylvania families about the dynamics of drug addiction on the entire family unit.
DFWPA wants to see every Pennsylvania business implement a program that will keep it, its employees and their families, healthy and drug free. To achieve this goal, DFWPA provides customized policy creation, training and education to employers and employees, and offers a Family Education Program to educate folks on the dynamics, behaviors, and family roles of addiction.
All services provided completely free of charge and can be utilized in whole or in part as desired.
CMS Delay in Implementation of Fourth Waiver Amendments for ODP Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has not received approval from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the fourth set of waiver amendments to the Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers. The proposed effective date of these amendments is July 1, 2015. The new clarifications and requirements contained in these waiver amendments should not be implemented until ODP has received approval from CMS.
ODP requests that no changes outlined in the Fourth Waiver Amendments be implemented until the Office of Developmental Programs receives confirmation of the Waiver Amendments’ approval by CMS. ODP will release additional communications when this occurs.
For questions regarding the waiver amendment process or the information contained in this announcement, please email RAemail@example.com.
The state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation introduced by Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver/Butler) that would ease the financial stresses faced by individuals with disabilities and help them to plan for the future.
House Bill 1319, also known as the Achieving a Better Life (ABLE) Act, would allow for the creation of a tax-free savings account in Pennsylvania for individuals with disabilities. These savings accounts may be used to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing and transportation.
“A number of my colleagues played major roles in drafting and moving this legislation, including Finance Committee Chairman Bernie O’Neill; Reps. Dan Miller, Tom Murt and Todd Stephens; and their respective staffs,” Marshall said. “I’d like to thank them and the rest of my colleagues for their support of this legislation.”
The ABLE Act is intended to supplement, not supplant, benefits provided to individuals with disabilities and provide a mechanism for their families to prepare for their long-term care, Marshall added.
The legislation would allow for an account to be established similar to a PA 529 account and would follow all of the requirements and regulations of a traditional 529 qualified tuition program account. The funds contributed to these new accounts may only be used for qualified disability expenses as established by statute.
“The legislation mirrors the federal ABLE Act and will assist families in maintaining independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities,” Marshall said.
Source: PA State Rep. Jim Marshall
Regulations Will Help Guide States in Implementing the ABLE Act
Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that, following a letter recently sent with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Burr (R-NC), the Department of Treasury and the IRS have published the proposed regulations implementing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The ABLE Act, which Casey worked to pass in 2014, established new tax-advantaged savings accounts to allow people with disabilities and their families to save for their futures and help cover important expenses like education, housing, and wellness.
“This is an important step for families who have a loved one with a disability,” Senator Casey said. “These rules will allow states to move forward on the ABLE Act so those with disabilities can begin to lay a foundation for a more secure future.”
The regulations include developing the specific rules under which an ABLE account may be opened, as well as the scope of eligible expenses. The ABLE Act provided six months for the completion of these rules.
Along with the Treasury’s regulations, states across the nation have quickly taken steps toward implementing the ABLE Act. Since January, twenty-five states have passed ABLE implementation legislation. Just last week, the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee approved a bill to establish ABLE programs in the state.
Families want what’s best for their children, but don’t often know where to start. Based on family focus groups, many families aren’t aware that children follow the same developmental milestones, or ways to help children meet those milestones, for example.
The new Early Learning GPS is a great tool for all families who want to learn what they need to know and can do to help their young child learn and grow. It is a great way for families to learn on their own, with a professional one-on-one, or as part of a parenting class.
The Early Learning GPS helps families get reliable answers to questions like:
The child’s map will grow with him until kindergarten!
All of the information is from reliable sources like Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Professionals do not need experience or education in child development to use the resource. ”I have found that not only can this help me spark family goals for Family Partnership Agreements but it can also help during parent meetings, where in which I can showcase the site to answer some Kindergarten Readiness questions and get the answers and resources on the spot for the parents and this could work as a start to them using the website themselves.”
Some professionals are interested in using the Early Learning GPS to educate their staff as well.
Visit www.earlylearninggps.com to get started. Professionals can access tips, ways to share the GPS with families, and professional development at www.papromiseforchildren.com /gps.
The Early Learning GPS is developed by Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children in partnership with Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning with funding from Pennsylvania’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant. For more information, visit www.papromiseforchildren.com.