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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1162



Established Fees for Community Mental Retardation Base Program

[39 Pa.B. 3233]
[Saturday, June 27, 2009]


   This notice is to announce that the Department of Public Welfare (Department) established fees, effective July 1, 2009, for base-funded services managed through county programs for individuals with mental retardation under the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966 (50 P. S. §§ 4104--4704) and 55 Pa. Code Chapter 4300 (relating to county mental health and mental retardation fiscal manual).

   Effective July 1, 2009, the Department intends to implement a Statewide payment methodology for community-based services provided under the Consolidated waiver and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) waiver (waivers). To facilitate consistency and efficient planning for participants in both the waivers and the base-funded program, the Department determined to establish the same fee for the same service provided to both a waiver participant and a base-funded participant in the same provider service location. These fees will serve as the Department's established fees under 55 Pa. Code § 4300.115(a) (relating to Department established fees). The established fees do not apply to services provided to base-funded participants by providers that do not also provide the same service to a waiver participant at that same service location. The county programs/administrative entities remain responsible for negotiating fees for those services.

   The established fees that apply to the corresponding base-funded services can be found on the Department's web site at

Fiscal Impact

   There is no anticipated fiscal impact.

Public Comment

   Copies of this notice and the methodology for setting the established fees may be obtained at your local Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) County Program/Administrative Entity or regional Office of Developmental Programs in the corresponding regions:

   Western Region: Room 302, Pittsburgh State Office Building, 300 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, (412) 880-0535

   Northeast Region: Room 315, Scranton State Office Building, 100 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503, (570) 963-3166

   Southeast Region: Room 306, Philadelphia State Office Building,1400 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, (215) 560-2245

   Central Region: Room 430, Willow Oak Building, P. O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 772-6507

   Persons who need contact information for the local MH/MR County Program/Administrative Entity in their region, contact the previously referenced regional Office of Developmental Programs.

   Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the established fees to the Department at the following addresses:

By E-mail:

   Use a subject header of ''PN Base-funded Methodology''; send email to the Office of Developmental Programs' rate-setting mailbox at

By postal mail:

Department of Public Welfare
Office of Developmental Programs
Division of Provider Assistance and Rate-Setting
4th Floor, Health and Welfare Building
Forster and Commonwealth Avenues
Harrisburg, PA 17120

   Comments received within 30 days will be reviewed and considered for any subsequent revision of the established fees.

   Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).


   Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-607. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1162. Filed for public inspection June 26, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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