DHS COVID-19 PROVIDER RESOURCES // ODP
ODP Announcement 20-022: Closure of Older Adult, Adult Training, and Prevocational
Updated: March 16, 2020
To communicate important information about facilities licensed under 55 Pa. Code
Chapters 2380 and 2390 and 6 Pa. Code Chapter 11; including provisions for the
redeployment of direct support professionals for essential health and safety functions.
Today Governor Wolf announced mitigation strategies to stop the spread of the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) that include the statewide closures of day program facilities
including Older Adult Day facilities licensed under 6 Pa. Code Chapter 11, Adult Training
Facilities licensed under 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2380, and Prevocational Facilities licensed
under 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2390. Closures are effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and
are in effect until further notice.
Facility-based Community Participation Support (CPS) providers are being asked to
communicate with individuals, families, Supports Coordinators and other providers to
help ensure coordination of care.
ODP advises CPS providers of the following:
- During the response to COVID-19, CPS may be provided in private homes.
- ODP requests that providers arrange for in-home or alternate provision of the day
service by facility staff when a service recipient’s family or caregiver is employed in
essential roles like healthcare, first responders or human services, and are reliant on
the Community Participation Support day program for coverage during work.
- For CPS providers who have residential, companion or in-home support service
offerings, prepare to redeploy staff from facilities to fill other essential staffing
needs. Direct Support Professionals qualified under CPS may provide services in any
other ODP service offering during the response to COVID-19. All staff must receive
training on any participants’ ISPs for whom they are providing support. Training on
the ISP must consist of basic health and safety support needs for that individual,
including but not limited to the “Fatal Four.”
- ODP encourages providers that only offer CPS to contact other provider agencies in
your local area and develop cooperative arrangements to supply staff to support
participants in other service areas like residential, companion, or in-home support.
- For non-facility based CPS providers, please prepare to redeploy CPS staff to support
essential supports for health and safety within your own agency or through
cooperative agreements with other provider agencies.
- ODP is working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow
“retainer payments” to be made to CPS providers. Additional guidance will be
- On-call and Remote Support services can be used to promote health and safety of
CPS service recipients, when at home and not receiving another service. CPS
providers should work with ISP Teams to coordinate details. Additional guidance will
- Closures of facilities covered under this guidance do not need to be reported
through the Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) system.