Announcements

2019-2020 Community of Practice Secondary Transition/Inter agency Webinars

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity:

2019-2020 Community of Practice Secondary Transition/ Interagency Webinar Series: Transition Assessment across Agencies

Transition assessments are crucial for empowering students to learn about themselves so they can take an active role in their career development and post-secondary goal planning process. For students currently receiving special education services or related services, as a part of their transition planning under IDEA, outside agency involvement should be considered every year after the students reach the age of 16, or earlier if determined appropriate by the IEP team. The school must invite a representative of any participating agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services IDEA Sec. 300.321 (b) (3)

This series will address how various agency partners use assessments so that Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team members can consider which agency is best positioned to conduct a specific assessment to avoid duplication of services, and determine how information will be shared between agencies and the process to obtain required parental consent.

October 2, 2019 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Overview of Assessment for Transition Planning
This webinar is designed to increase awareness of transition assessment requirements to help students with disabilities understand and identify their current needs, preferences, and interests, as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, personal, and school environments. 

December 11, 2019 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Transition Assessment - Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
This webinar details the role of assessment in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) transition services, including: eligibility, modes of delivery, and how these services fit with those offered by schools and other agencies. In addition, this session will focus on how assessment data can be gathered through the Pre-Employment Transition Services, particularly the five services required: job exploration, workplace readiness, self-advocacy instruction, counseling on post-secondary options, and work-based experiences. 

February 5, 2020
Transition Assessment – Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
This webinar will explore the assessment process used by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). Presenters will discuss how OMHSAS can integrate information from school-based transition assessments and experiences, as well as expand assessments to address the needs of students with mental health and substance abuse concerns. 

April 1, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Transition Assessment - Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)
This webinar will highlight the role of assessment in the Office of Developmental Programs transition services, including: eligibility, modes of delivery, and how these services fit with those offered by schools and other agencies. The many ways ODP can assist students and their families achieve their vision of living an everyday life will also be explored.

May 6, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Transition Assessment – Youth and Young Adult Engagement with Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN)
This webinar will focus on engaging youth and young adults in the transition assessment process. This session puts the focus where it belongs, the youth perspective. Through a series of discussions and activities, PYLN members will help youth and their families establish a more youth-centered approach to planning for the future.

Presenters: PaTTAN Educational Consultants and Transition Partners

Audience: 
Special Education Administrators, Transition Coordinators, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Regular Education Administrators, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Agency Partners, and Families

Registration: 
All participants should register for these PaTTAN-sponsored events by visiting our website at:http://www.pattan.net and clicking on the training calendar.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 
No continuing education credit (Act 48) will be offered. Certificates of Attendance will be available 30 days after each event.

For questions regarding content, contact: 
Hillary Mangis, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 800-446-5607 x6878, hmangis@pattan.net 

For questions regarding registration, contact: 
Pam Ranieri, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 800-446-5607 x6847, pranieri@pattan.net

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

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Executive Order Issued to Protect and Advocate for Vulnerable Pennsylvanians

PA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES • AUG. 16, 2019

OFFICE OF ADVOCACY AND REFORM

Executive Order Issued to Protect and Advocate for Vulnerable Pennsylvanians

On July 31, Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged the long-standing issues with existing state systems and announced — by executive order — an overhaul of the state systems and services to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

Gov. Wolf’s “Protection of Vulnerable Populations” executive order establishes the Office of Advocacy and Reform to be maintained by the Governor’s Office, led by an executive director. Positions within the new office will include a new child advocate position, integration of the Long-term Care Ombudsman, and a Council on Reform, including 25 voting members appointed by Gov. Wolf, to support this effort by looking at protecting vulnerable populations from three perspectives: prevention and diversion, protection and intervention, and justice and support.

Both the Council on Reform and the Office of Advocacy and Reform will identify reforms needed for Pennsylvania to better protect and support individuals relying upon services and assistance from the commonwealth.

“I want to be clear that I am not disparaging the hardworking and, frankly, underpaid and underappreciated workers within this system,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is not their fault and the failures are not of their making. But we’ve had a series of incidents in our commonwealth that have revealed inadequacies in the system’s ability to protect and uplift Pennsylvanians in vulnerable situations.”

“I want to know what else we can do because this is what we’re here to do as a department, is to protect people and people who are in institutions or facilities. If we can’t do that, that’s not government that works. So this is really important, it’s why it’s so important to the governor, it’s why it’s so important to me,” DHS Secretary Miller says.

The Council on Reform held its first meeting immediately following the announcement. The council is charged with reporting its findings to the governor by Nov. 1 after seeking input from various stakeholder groups.

 

Read the executive order online. 

View open Child Advocate and Executive DirectorPositions for Office of Advocacy and Reform.

 

WEBINARS Secondary Transition/ Interagency Series Transition Assessment across Agencies

 

WEBINARS Secondary Transition/ Interagency Series Transition Assessment across Agencies

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity:

2019-2020 Community of Practice Secondary Transition/ Interagency Webinar Series: Transition Assessment across Agencies 
Transition assessments are crucial for empowering students to learn about themselves so they can take an active role in their career development and post-secondary goal planning process. 
For students currently receiving special education services or related services, as a part of their transition planning under IDEA, outside agency involvement should be considered every year after the students reach the age of 16, or earlier if determined appropriate by the IEP team. 
The school must invite a representative of any participating agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services IDEA Sec. 300.321 (b) (3)

This series will address how various agency partners use assessments so that Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team members can consider which agency is best positioned to conduct a specific assessment to avoid duplication of services, and determine how the information will be shared between agencies and the process to obtain required parental consent.

October 2, 2019 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 
Overview of Assessment for Transition Planning 
This webinar is designed to increase awareness of transition assessment requirements to help students with disabilities understand and identify their current needs, preferences, and interests, as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, personal, and school environments.

December 11, 2019 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 
Transition Assessment - Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) 
This webinar details the role of assessment in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) transition services, including eligibility, modes of delivery, and how these services fit with those offered by schools and other agencies. 
In addition, this session will focus on how assessment data can be gathered through the Pre-Employment Transition Services, particularly the five services required: job exploration, workplace readiness, self-advocacy instruction, counseling on post-secondary options, and work-based experiences.

February 5, 2020 
Transition Assessment – Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) 
This webinar will explore the assessment process used by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). 
Presenters will discuss how OMHSAS can integrate information from school-based transition assessments and experiences, as well as expand assessments to address the needs of students with mental health and substance abuse concerns.

April 1, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 
Transition Assessment - Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) 
This webinar will highlight the role of assessment in the Office of Developmental Programs transition services, including eligibility, modes of delivery, and how these services fit with those offered by schools and other agencies. 
The many ways ODP can assist students and their families achieve their vision of living an everyday life will also be explored.

May 6, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 
Transition Assessment – Youth and Young Adult Engagement with Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) 
This webinar will focus on engaging youth and young adults in the transition assessment process. This session puts the focus where it belongs, the youth perspective. 
Through a series of discussions and activities, PYLN members will help youth and their families establish a more youth-centered approach to planning for the future.

Presenters: PaTTAN Educational Consultants and Transition Partners

Audience: 
Special Education Administrators, Transition Coordinators, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Regular Education Administrators, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Agency Partners, and Families

Registration: 
All participants should register for these PaTTAN-sponsored events by visiting our website at http://www.pattan.net and clicking on the training calendar.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 
No continuing education credit (Act 48) will be offered. Certificates of Attendance will be available 30 days after each event.

For questions regarding content, contact: 
Hillary Mangis, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 800-446-5607 x6878, hmangis@pattan.nethmangis@pattan.net

For questions regarding registration, contact: 
Pam Ranieri, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 800-446-5607 x6847, pranieri@pattan.net

 

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