This announcement is to remind providers that enrolled in PROMISe™ on or before March 25, 2011 to complete a full enrollment application for their provider type for each site service location in order to comply with the revalidation requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) must re-validate all providers at least every five years; therefore, DHS is requesting providers that enrolled on or before March 25, 2011, to submit their enrollment applications now. Providers will need to revalidate their enrollment information, for every service location, by completing a new enrollment application to meet the March 24, 2016, deadline. This will prevent an interruption in your participation with DHS.
Please review the attached announcement for further details on confirming a revalidation date and how to complete the revalidation process.
PA Statewide Independent Living Council Wants to Hear About Life Experiences of Pennsylvanians with Disabilities
The Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC), in partnership with the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is providing opportunities to hear directly from you about what your life experiences are as Pennsylvanians with disabilities. The State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) uses money from the federal government to address independent living needs of people with disabilities. It is their responsibility to hear from the people to plan for the development of the SPIL. It is your right as a person with a disability in the Commonwealth to be provided with this opportunity to give input.
A few questions to help you frame your thoughts are:
What is your current situation? Are you satisfied with this? What should be different?
OVR District Office locations for SILC Public Forum to be held on November 17, 2015 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm via Video Conferencing:OVR Allentown District Office
45 North 4th St
Allentown, PA 18102
OVR Altoona District Office
1130 12th Ave, Suite 500
Altoona, PA 16601
OVR Erie District Office
3200 Lovell Place
Erie, PA 16503
OVR Harrisburg District Office
Forum Place, 555 Walnut St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
OVR Johnstown District Office
Hiram G. Andrews Center
727 Goucher St. Section 10
Johnstown, PA 15905
OVR New Castle District Office
100 Margaret St.
New Castle, PA 16101
OVR Norristown District Office
1875 New Hope St.
Norristown, PA 19401
OVR Pittsburgh District Office
531 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
OVR Reading District Office
3602 Kutztown Rd. Suite 200
Reading, PA 19605
300G Laird St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
To request accommodations, please call the SILC office at (717) 364-1732.
Submit your comments by December 31, 2015
Mail to: PA SILC, 207 House Avenue Suite 107, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone 717-364-1732 | Fax 717-236-8800
Pennsylvania Receives $886,200 Award to Fund Planning Support for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics
Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded an $886,200 grant to the department for the planning of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs).
The planning grant will be used by DHS to certify CCBHCs, solicit input from stakeholders, establish prospective payment systems for demonstration reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in the demonstration program. The award is part of $22.9 million in planning grants to 24 states.
CCBHCs will serve adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance and individuals with substance use disorders. The clinics will provide intensive, person-centered, multidisciplinary, evidence-based screen, assessment, diagnostics, treatment, prevention and wellness services.
“This grant will allow Pennsylvania to further bridge the gap between physical and behavioral health and enable us to treat all health issues equally and comprehensively,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “This approach builds trust with those we serve and the result will be better outcomes and better health.”
The award is made possible through Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, as part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care.
The planning grant is the first phase of a two-phase process. When the planning phase ends in October 2016, awardees will have an opportunity to apply to participate in a two-year demonstration program that will begin January 2017.
“One of our department’s main goals is to better serve more people in local communities,” continued Secretary Dallas. “We are eager to continue this process with the help of these funds.”
For more information on the Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, visit www.samhsa.gov/grants.
For more information on the Section 223 Demonstration Program for CCBHCs visit http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/by-topics/financing-and-reimbursement/223-demonstration-for-ccbhc.html
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As part of the celebration, they want to hear from individuals with disabilities, teachers, researchers, and other IDEA stakeholders about the personal impact this legislation has had.
How has IDEA made a difference to you?
What do inclusion, equity, and opportunity look like for you?
Children and youth with disabilities, teachers, parents, researchers, and other IDEA stakeholders are invited to share art, photographs, and writing for possible use during an event in Washington DC to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of IDEA.
You may submit your documents and personal stories up to November 8, 2015 at the 40th Anniversary website.
If you or someone you know is the parent of a child with autism, you should know how your child’s autism-related services may be covered by private group health insurance under Pennsylvania’s Autism Insurance Act, the Medical Assistance program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Insurance Department and the Department of State are working together to successfully implement the Autism Insurance Act (ACT 62).
Review important information and resources available by visiting www.PAAutismInsurance.org.
Pennsylvania Insurance Department
1209 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Fax: (717) 787-8585
TTY/TDD: (717) 783-3898