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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 19-1287



Availability of Amendments to the Office of Long-Term Living's Home and Community-Based OBRA Waiver

[49 Pa.B. 4913]
[Saturday, August 24, 2019]

 The Department of Human Services (Department) is making available for public review and comment the Office of Long-Term Living's proposed OBRA waiver amendments.


 The Department proposes the following substantive changes to the OBRA waiver effective January 1, 2020:

 • Revise the Residential Habilitation service definition by modifying the number of hours that are defined as a day unit from a minimum of 12 hours to 8 hours.

 • To the service definitions of Job Finding, Job Coaching, Employment Skills Development, Career Assessment and Benefits Counseling, add language that Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) services are considered to not be available if OVR has not made an eligibility determination within 120 days; and add language to address when employment services through the OBRA waiver can be provided should OVR close the order of selection, thereby creating a waiting list for OVR services.

 In addition, the Department proposes to make the following technical edits:

 • Update Appendix C-2.b., Abuse Registry Screening, to reflect that the Department utilizes IDEMIA as the data system to process fingerprint-based Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal record checks as well as other minor editorial changes to the section.

 The proposed OBRA waiver amendments and a summary of all revisions are available for review at or by contacting the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living at (717) 857-3280.

Fiscal Impact

 The fiscal impact of this change is estimated at $0.029 million ($0.013 million in State funds) for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

Public Comment

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed waiver amendments to the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living, Bureau of Policy Development and Communications Management, Attention: Marilyn Yocum—OBRA Waiver Amendments, P.O. Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025. Comments may also be submitted to the Department at Use ''OBRA Waiver Amendments'' as the subject line. Comments received within 30 days of publication of this notice will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the proposed waiver amendments.

 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-1352. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2019-20 is $13,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2020-21 through 5th Succeeding Year 2024-25 are $33,000; (4) 2018-19 Program—$354,573,000; 2017-18 Program—$462,436,000; 2016-17 Program—$434,607,000; (7) Services to Persons with Disabilities; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1287. Filed for public inspection August 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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