Meetings with DHS Representatives
August 3, 2017
Members of the Steering Committee met with representatives from DHS offices including: OMAP, OMHSAS, OCYF and ODP to continue to discuss their high level strategies for reducing both the number of children living in congregate care facilities and their lengths of stay. Each office reported on its progress, as did the Coalition and several action steps were identified.
april 20, 2017
In October 2016, Coalition representatives met with the DHS Secretary Ted Dallas who directed the various Deputy Secretaries of DHS Offices and/or their designees to develop data reports to track trends in the use of congregate care facilities for children with disabilities, to report quarterly to the Coalition, and to collaborate with us to refine data collection methods and track results. After two of these meetings, the conversation shifted to include discussion of DHS high-level strategies for reducing both the number of children in facilities and the lengths of stay. These meetings will continue to take place every two months. Our most recent meeting with DHS took place April 20.
October 19, 2016
Coalition members met with the Secretaries in follow-up to previous meetings; updates and future activities were discussed.
August 8, 2017 | the full coalition
The Imagine Different Coalition gathered in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia along with key players from government, provider associations and invited guests to discuss challenges and strategies for pursuing our current high priority goals.
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DEcember 16, 2016 | THE FULL COALITION
The Coalition met virtually to coordinate among the four new strands of activity, advance the tasks of its Roadmap, and plan for the Coalition's sustainability after the completion of its funding from the PADDC. Each strand met separately in breakout sessions to begin to focus its action plan which will be refined going forward, with special attention directed to what the group could accomplish within the next six months.
OCTOBER 5 & 19, 2016 | THE FULL COALITION
The Coalition gathered for two consecutive meetings to focus our activities for the next few years. We ranked priority of the 10 recommendations from our Action Memo. We reviewed the 9 elements of systems supporting family based-alternatives to congregate care from our Workbook for System Representatives and cross-walked them with the 10 recommendations. We determined five strands of activity that need our focus.
Full Coalition Virtual Meeting
June 16, 2016 | The full coalition
The full Coalition met via GoToWebinar to review the Action Plan, provide updates, and solicit ideas for next steps. See the minutes here.
Meeting with Office of Developmental Programs
April 15, 2016 | Deputy secretaries nancy thaler & steve suroviec
Coalition Steering Committee members had a conference call with Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler and Special Advisor to the Secretary Steve Suroviec on the invitation of Secretary Thaler. Updates were provided on the number of children in congregate care and the interest of other DHS Deputy Secretarties.
OBRA Waiver Proposed Amendments
MARCH 28, 2016 | COALITION COMMENTS WERE SUBMITTED ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES (HCBS) WAIVER
Main points: Increase access to waiver for all children of all ages and all disabilities living in facilities or at risk of admission and include Life-Sharing in waiver.
Read the comments on proposed amendments to OBRA HCBS Waiver
Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waiver Proposed Amendments
FEBRUARY 10, 2016 | COALITION COMMENTS WERE SUBMITTED ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE WAIVER
Main Point: Increase access to waiver for all children of all ages and all disabilities living in facilities or at risk of admission.
Read the full comments on proposed amendments to Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Supports Waiver
OLTL Waiver Services Proposed Amendments
JANUARY 8, 2016 | COALITION COMMENTS WERE SUBMITTED ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS FOR OFFICE OF LONG-TERM LIVING (OLTL) WAIVER SERVICES TO BE ASSUMED BY MANAGED CARE
Main Point: Increase access to waiver for all children of all ages and all disabilities living in facilities or at risk of admission and include Life-Sharing in waiver.
Read the full comments on proposal for OLTL Waiver Services to be Taken Over by Managed Care Organizations
Full Coalition Meeting in Harrisburg
NOVEMBER 16, 2015 | COALITION STRATEGIES DEVELOPED FOR CROSS-AGENCY ACTIONS AND MEMBER PARTICIPATION
Discussed Coalition sustainability, increasing ways for members to participate, opportunities for discussions with key state agency leaders, and development of materials to convey Coalition’s requests within and across state agencies.
View the Full Coalition Meeting Summary
Continued to compile a database of individual member interests and desired activities to best engage members in Coalition activity.
View the full Imagine Different Membership Interest Survey results
Meeting with the DHS Secretary
October 30, 2015 | Congregate Care of children with disabilities placed agenda in secretary's cabinet
Steering committee members met with Secretary Dallas, ODP Deputy Secretary, Nancy Thaler, and Special Advisor to the Secretary, Steve Suroviec. The reception to our interests was positive and in agreement about the need to address congregate care for children with disabilities. Secretary Thaler has been tasked with developing an analysis of the issue with assistance from Steve Suroveic.