Last week the Wolf Administration issued a policy clarification surrounding the role of DCWs:
The non-skilled activities provided in the consumer’s place of residence or other independent living environment are specialized care, a type of home care service unique to the consumer’s care needs that are exempt from the licensure requirements under the Professional Nursing Law and Practical Nurse Law.
DCWs may perform these non-skilled services/activities, with evidence of competency or training, provided they do not represent or hold themselves out as being licensed nurses, licensed registered nurses, or registered nurses; or use in connection with their names, any designation tending to imply they are licensed to practice nursing.
The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress.
Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.
Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online: http://bit.ly/2eDe91j
Planning for the future for individuals with special needs is the topic of an upcoming program co-presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) and Jewish Residential Services (JRS).
The presentation will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Friendship Circle in Squirrel Hill (1922 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217).
Featured speakers include Jillian Zacks, Attorney at Strassberger McKenna Gutnick and Gefsky, Patty Yerina, Education and Outreach Coordinator at ACHIEVA Family Trust, Nicole Iole, Director of guardianship services at JF&CS and representatives from Reliable Payee Service. The program will provide information and resources related to planning
for the future and ensuring the long-term well-being and care of children and adults with special needs, such as guardianships, special needs trusts, ABLE accounts and representative payee services. The program is appropriate for individuals with special needs and their loved ones.
The program is free and open to the community and includes a light kosher meal at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information or to register, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about JF&CS, visit www.jfcspgh.org. For more information about JRS, visit www.jrspgh.org.
DHS is committed to increasing access to high-quality services
The Wolf Administration today announced changes in family planning services in the commonwealth surrounding long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), which include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant. These policy changes will improve public health, provide families with additional choice in their contraception selection, reduce unplanned pregnancies, and save taxpayer money.
“We are making changes to reduce hurdles to effective family planning options and optimize LARC usage,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “Pennsylvania is the latest of many states adopting a variety of payment policies to facilitate LARC usage.”
Beginning December 1, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid fee-for-service program will make payment for LARC devices to incentivize hospitals to stock and store them and eliminate the hurdle of high up-front costs of long-acting contraceptives.
By the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC)