RCPA Issues Position Paper on DHS-Proposed Limits on In-Facility Community Services

by Steve Suroviec - Jan 13, 2017

RCPA has issued a position paper detailing its position on restrictions proposed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) that would limit access to in-facility community services for Pennsylvanians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. In both its proposed 6100 regulations and proposed waiver renewal application with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, DHS Office of Developmental Programs proposes to restrict the size of facility programs and limit the amount of time during a week a person can spend in a facility.

The position paper was developed by a work group of RCPAs Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee. The paper will be submitted as part of RCPAs comprehensive response to DHS request for public comments. (On December 3, 2016, DHS published its required notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin asking for public comments on its proposed waiver renewals. Comments can still be sent to Julie Mochon, DHS-Office of Developmental Programs, 625 Forster Street, Room 501, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120. Comments may also be submitted to DHS via email.)

Questions pertaining to RCPAs position paper can be directed to Steve Suroviec.