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  • Pennsylvania Releases Self-Advocate Transition Guide

    Topics: State News,

    This week, Pennsylvania released a Self-Advocate Transition Guide to assist people with disabilities and their families during readjustment to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The guide can support individual decision-making around how to safely return to activities in the community while prioritizing physical and mental health and social distancing practices

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  • Washington State Highlighted in NASDDDS’ Technology Podcast

    Topics: State News,

    Washington State was featured in the NASDDDS podcast, Navigating The Storm: Technology Use During Emergencies developed for the virtual conference held in early June. The podcast explores several areas of technology affected by COVID-19 and asks many questions moving forward.

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  • Pennsylvania Issues Newest Edition of The Positive Approaches Journal

    Topics: State News,

    Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) recently announced that the latest edition of the Positive Approaches Journal is now available. Per an announcement released on June 2, the issue is intended to inform and educate readers on the importance of training and communication between the justice system and those supporting individuals with mental health and behavioral challenges, intellectual disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities.

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  • Senate Votes to Extend National Family Caregiver Support Program

    Topics: Federal News,

    The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R.4334), passed earlier this year by the US Senate, includes a reauthorization of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). The NFCSP provides information to caregivers about available services, assistance in accessing services, individual counseling, support groups, caregiver training, respite care, and supplemental services. The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the already-passed House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

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  • Congress Makes Changes to Paycheck Protection Program

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    President Trump has signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), an attempt to address challenges around the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at providing COVID-19 relief.

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