Category Archives: Person Directed Services

Everyone should be able to choose a support broker!

Comment period on Community Health Choices (CHC) waiver is now open and we need your voice.

A support broker is a trained, professional ally who supports people who want to direct their own Home and Community-Based services (HCBS). Currently, people on three of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) waivers can choose to use a broker. If you think support brokers should be available to more people, you are encouraged to comment.

While the Office of Long Term Living (OLTL) has not yet implemented support broker services in the CHC waiver, they did include reference to brokers in the administrative section of the waiver, which provides us with an opportunity to advocate for its implementation.

OLTL is now proposing to eliminate all references to support broker services in the amendments to the CHC waiver. Learn more about proposed changes to the CHC waiver.

The elimination of support broker services from the CHC waiver is not a done deal. OLTL is required to open waiver amendments to public comments and is doing so with these amendments. You can help by commenting.

Submit Your Comments

Those who would like to comment, have three options:

1. Complete this online form. The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University will forward all comments to OLTL by the 8/24/2020 at 5 p.m. deadline, or

2. Email comments to: RA-waiverstandard@pa.gov. Use “CHC 2021 Waiver Amendment” in subject line, or

3. If individualized assistance to comment is needed, time has been scheduled to discuss and submit comments via Zoom.

CHC Comment Day is August 19, 2020

Assistance will be available from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Register for CHC Comment Day (registration is required)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant #1901PASCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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PDS Virtual Forum August 12, 2020

Wednesday August 12, 2020, 11 AM – 1:30 PM

  • Supports Coordinators are encouraged to attend this virtual lunch and learn format
  • Great for busy common law employers, family members and people with disabilities

Facilitators:

  • Jamie Ray-Leonetti, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
  • Marian Frattarola-Saulino, Values Into Action
  • Gladys Stefany, Certified Independent Supports Broker

Accommodation requests must be made by August 5. Please email Jamie at jamie.ray-leonetti@temple.edu or indicate in the form below.

Please register for access to the webinar link:

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PDS Webinar: Self-Direction and the CHC Waiver July 27

Monday July 27, 2020,10 AM – 11 AM

Speaker: Attorney David Gates, PA Health Law Project
Moderator: Jamie Ray-Leonetti, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
About: Person-Directed Services online event for service coordinators and people using the Community-Health Choices (CHC) Waiver in Pennsylvania

Please request any reasonable accommodations by emailing Jamie at jamie.ray-leonetti@temple.edu by July 21, 2020.

Please register for access to the webinar link:

Institute on Disabilities logo Pennsylvania Health Law Project logo with outline of the stateThis project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant #1901PASCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.