Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Weekly Updates from PaRC: February 24
This update is for informational purposes only. The PaRC and Support Staff are not responsible for the accuracy of this information. Some of the information found in this update you may have already received from another source. The update is not used as a vehicle to express the views and positions of the PaRC or the Support Staff. All Links have been verified as of February 24, 2013. Please credit the PaRC Support Project for any information forwarded to others. Thank You.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Council is to inform and advise the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Legislature, and the Governor on the diverse issues affecting employment of people with disabilities.
The PaRC 2015 Annual Report and can be accessed below. The report can also be found on our website. http://www.parac.org/reports/2016AnnualReport.pdf
PaRC Full Council meetings will be held in the Leland Room on the 2nd Floor of the Harrisburg Hilton (next to the gift shop) from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM (unless otherwise noted). We will also have parking passes for those who park in the Strawberry Square Parking Garage. Please plan to stay for the entire meeting.
Find your local CAC meeting dates: Please go to our website www.parac.org to find dates, locations, times, etc. for information on the nearest CAC.
CAC / Executive Committee Conference Call
Next Call: Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Customer Satisfaction Committee Conference Call
(3rd Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Executive Committee Conference Call
(4th Monday of Every Month)
Next Call: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Legislative and Public Awareness Conference Call
(1st Thursday of Every Month)
Next Call: To be determined.
OVR Policy and State Plan Committee Conference Call
(1st Tuesday of Every Month)
Next Call: Tuesday, March 7, at 10:00 AM
The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise. Read more.
A dozen Texas school districts are being targeted for review in a federal investigation into whether students with disabilities are getting the help they need. Read more.
Governor Wolf issued an Executive Order declaring that Pennsylvania is an Employment First state. Employment First means that Pennsylvania will invest in efforts that result in increased competitive and integrated employment for people with disabilities first before other options. Join us for a presentation on how state plans will accomplish this, what legislation has been proposed and how it might impact state plans and employment services. Learn what programs and resources we have to accomplish this and how you can join the effort. Date: February 28, 2017. Location: personal desktop, phone, or from a select list of host locations. Time: 10 a.m. Reservation is required to get connection information. www.disabilityrightspa.org/dash/free-dash-trainings/webinar/ For More Information, Contact DASH– Call toll free at 800-692-7443 x312 (877-375-7139 TTD) OR send an email to Ldo@disabilityrightspa.org. No charge for workshops or materials.Ldo@disabilityrightspa.org Workshop materials are available in alternate formats
With the recent launch of even more ABLE plans to choose from, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) would like to invite potential ABLE participants, their families, and all other ABLE stakeholders, to attend a free webinar focused on introducing you to the National ABLE Alliance. The webinar, taking place March 2nd from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST, will focus on various program characteristics including: Learning the enrollment process of each program; Learning the fees associated with each program; Learning the investment opportunities offered with each program; Identifying how those differences may affect which program best meets your specific needs. In order to prepare for the webinar we encourage you to watch these short informative videos on ABLE Basics and Becoming ABLE Ready. Register online.
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to overturn the Department of Education’s regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities. Congress has never before voted to overturn an education regulation. The Department issued this regulation after the public, including both educators and students and their families, filed over 21,000 comments. The Senate will vote soon on whether to follow the House and overturn the regulation. We ask you to call your Senators today to vote “no” to protect students with disabilities. [Read more…]
We have launched a petition calling on congressional leaders to move swiftly to pass our Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM High) Act. The petition further calls upon President Donald J. Trump to unequivocally commit to supporting this legislation by urging its passage. Please sign and share this petition. Let’s show the incoming administration and Congress that equal access to electronic instructional materials must be a top policy priority for 2017.
Join staff from the national technical assistance centers on this webinar on strategies for partnerships between schools and vocational rehabilitation to support students with high support needs in community-based work. Register now.
Save the date, September 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. The Second Annual Recovery Works Summit is an exciting and historic opportunity to once again bring together the mental health and drug and alcohol recovery communities. The Summit will focus on three topics designed to strengthen our collective voices and expand recovery. Exploration of opportunities and challenges for recovery workforce development and retention; Advocacy within and between the recovery movements; Working together to impact public policy that effects peer based recovery support services and our recovery systems. This work will be done through keynote speaker presentations, panel discussions, workshops, a plenary session and networking. Please join us as we use our lived experience to improve our systems and change lives through recovery and new opportunities in our Pennsylvania communities. Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association.
PA Transportation Alliance: PA Appropriations CMTE MTGs on Transportation for Senate-Mon.February 27 at 3PM. Watching Options, Hearing Room 1, North Office BLDG NOTE: North Office BLDG- has a chair lift to get from floor level down to hearing rooms if using a wheelchair or scooter. You can watch on PCN TV live, including their website: https://pcntv.com/channel-2/ if you do not get PCN TV or PA Senate Republicans http://www.pasen.gov/Video/SenateVideo.cfm but make sure that you have appropriate browser to view it. Notes or archived videos may also be available on the latter website noted here.
See below for an important announcement regarding a public comment period for the proposed rate methodology for Consolidated and Person Family Directed Supports and Services waiver. Comments are due to the Office of Developmental Programs by March 21, 2017. The proposed rate structure can be found here: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/provider/developmentalprograms/2017waiverrenewals/index.htm Comments can be submitted by email to: email@example.com or mail to: Department of Human Services | Office of Developmental Programs | Division of Provider Assistance and Rate Setting, 4th Floor | 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
Please help the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) to widely distribute the communication “Announcement 014-17: Public Comment Opportunity: Appendices I and J of the Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waiver Renewals Effective July 1, 2017.” Purpose: To announce that the proposed renewals to Appendices I and J of the Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers are available for public review and comment. Appendix I contains Information about financial accountability and Appendix J contains Information regarding the cost neutrality demonstration. There is a 30-day Public comment period on the information proposed in Appendices I and J that starts on February 18, 2017 and ends on March 21, 2017.