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Joint Letter to Governor Shapiro from PA ID/A Associations Requesting Immediate Investment in ID/A Services

This letter is an extension of our unified advocacy to address the needs of the ID/A community across Pennsylvania as budget deliberations proceed (11/15/23).

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Fee Schedule Rate Recommendations Fact Sheet

Fee Schedule Rate Recommendation Fact Sheet for ODP Rate Review (10/24/23)

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2023 ID/A Workforce Survey Infographic

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Fee Schedule Recommendations

Fee Schedule Rates Recommendations for ODP Rate Review (09/29/2023)

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Request for Rate Update

Letter to ODP from ID/A Associations in Pennsylvania Requesting Rate Update (08/24/2023)

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Information

Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) Response Letter

Review the response letter from Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens to the association's joint letter from April 10, 2023, expressing concerns with SIS. (11/03/23)

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2023 ID/A Workforce Survey Results

The Center for Healthcare Solutions is please to share the 2023 ID/A Benchmark Compensation Survey report. This report reflects salaries in effect as of June 30, 2023, at seventy-one (71) ID/A facilities across Pennsylvania (10/06/2023).

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Governor Shapiro Announcement

Governor Josh Shapiro announced during the NADSP Conference that he has ordered the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs to immediately review the fee schedule rates that fund all ODP services (09/08/2023).

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Action Center

Thank Governor Shapiro

Please visit our action center, where you can thank the Governor directly for his proposed investment in ID/A Services as part of his 2024-25 Budget Proposal

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News & Media Center

PG Editorial: Legislators must keep Shapiro's disability care funding intact

After years of begging multiple gubernatorial administrations and legislative leaders for adequate funding to save and sustain Pennsylvania’s system of care for people with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A), disability service provide...

A Call for Bipartisan Action to Support Pennsylvanians with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism

Supporting individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (ID/A) and their dedicated workforce is not just a matter of policy; it’s a moral imperative that transcends political lines. In Governor Josh Shapiro’s recent budget addres...

Press Release: ID/A community praises Gov. Shapiro’s budget address, actions on addressing system funding

Leading providers say governor’s call for a “systemic fix” has been necessary for over a decade. “Access to services is not possible without supporting the providers and direct support professionals who provide peace of mind t...

Editorial: Another budget, another chance to help Pa.'s struggling disability care system

Since the Post-Gazette Editorial Board began writing about the struggles of Pennsylvania’s system of care for people with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A) exactly two years ago, the crisis has only deepened. Now, only weeks after the...

Marjie Stuber: The state's budget reveals what the state thinks of people with disabilities and autism

A dire workforce crisis is hurting people with intellectual disability and autism and their families. The most immediate and effective way to resolve this crisis is for the Commonwealth to adequately fund the ID/A provider system so the direct suppor...

Good Morning America Highlights Direct Support Workforce Crisis

Good Morning America ran a segment on the direct support workforce crisis on Saturday October 21, 2023. The story chronicling staffing shortages in group homes on Long Island and nationally included excerpts from an interview with ANCOR COO Gabrielle...

ICYMI: “Governor Shapiro Not Only Listened, But He Also Acted.”

Last week, the Shapiro Administration announced that the Department of Human Services (DHS) will begin updating the data used to set reimbursement rates for workers who provide home and community-based services (HCBS) for Pennsylvanians with intellec...

When a governor shows compassion that impacts thousands of lives, it’s reason for high praise

It’s not often we find reason to laud public officials for showing compassion. But we have reason to do so now. Gov. Josh Shapiro has shown considerable compassion in hearing the pleas of thousands of families in Pennsylvania that are caring fo...

Op-Ed: Governor Shapiro offers beacon of hope

PA’s chronic underfunding of ID/A programs has led to countless families being told their loved ones are eligible for essential services, only to find that providers are unable to hire enough competent DSPs willing to work for inadequate wages....

Disability service providers hopeful about Shapiro addressing rate issues

After the state government dealt disability advocates one of the most devastating setbacks in recent memory, the community might actually have compelling reason to hope for the future – courtesy of Gov. Josh Shapiro.