System Reform

Omnibus Legislation

PAR is developing System Reform Omnibus Legislation to address duplicative and unnecessary requirements in the Intellectual Disability/Autism system that divert much-needed time and resources away from direct services. Input was gathered from internal PAR committees as well as major stakeholder groups in the system. Areas addressed in the legislation include Employment First, transportation, Medicaid pilots, simplifying the system, and reinvesting any savings.

Rate Transparency

PAR’s Rate Transparency legislation would require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide the exact factors and data used to develop rates for Intellectual Disability/Autism services and to provide a timeline for public comments on the rates.

Legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Judy Ward as Senate Bill 454. The bill is currently awaiting consideration before the Senate Appropriations Committee (as of June 2019). Click here to view the bill text and history. 

Employment First

PAR’s Employment First Committee is actively engaged with the Office of Developmental Programs and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to identify ways that providers and the state can partner together to reduce barriers to competitive, integrated employment for individuals with intellectual disability/autism. If you are a PAR member interested in joining the committee, please email [email protected].

PAR was actively involved in Employment First legislation that passed the PA House and Senate. The bill was signed into law by Governor Wolf and became Act 36 of 2018.