Proposed Adult Autism Waiver Amendment: Public Comment Period
AUDIENCE: All Interested Parties
PURPOSE: To announce that the Office of Developmental Programs, Bureau of Autism Services is making a proposed amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) available for public review and comments.
BACKGROUND & DISCUSSION:
A public comment period for an amendment to the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) will be open from March 4, 2017-April 3, 2017.
The Department has proposed the following changes to the Adult Autism Waiver effective July 1, 2017:
- Revised the definition of Day Habilitation and Residential Habilitation services to comply with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services final rule for home and community-based services settings;
- Increased the limitation on the Extended Employment Supports component of the Supported Employment service;
- Moved the requirements per Appendix C-2 to the Temporary Supplemental Service definition;
- Revised the definition of Career Planning, Vocational Assessment service to include facilitating access to benefits counseling;
- Revised the definition of Supports Coordination service to prohibit a Supports Coordinator from acting as his or her own supervisor; added a requirement that Supports Coordinators must discuss opportunities for participants to seek employment at annual Individual Support Plan meetings; and added additional training requirements for Supports Coordinators;
- Added a requirement that participants be paid minimum wage to the definition of Transitional Work service and limited the service to three uninterrupted years; and
- Revised Appendix C-5 to include HCB Settings requirements.
By Mail: Comments should be addressed to the Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Bureau of Autism Services, Attn: Lea Sheffield, PO Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
By Email: Comments may be submitted to the Department at RAfirstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “AAW Amendment” in the subject line.
Information Regarding Where to Access the Waiver Amendment
More information regarding the Adult Autism Waiver proposed amendment, including a side-by-side comparison of the proposed changes to the current approved waiver, can be found by visiting http://www.dhs.pa.gov/learnaboutdhs/waiverinformation/adultautismwaiver/index.htm.
This information was also posted in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, Volume 47, Number 9 published on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at: http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol47/index.html