DPW issues 4/18/13 Draft Bulletin regarding BHRS and closes comment period on May 1st

Two complaints of Civil Rights violations in the administration of Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, often mistakenly called “wraparound” services in Pennsylvania) were filed in December.  The DPW Secretary, Gary Alexander, resigned in February.  Other DPW authorities have moved to jobs in the private sector.  The BHRS “re-design” plans that had been in development since at least March 2012 without notice to most consumers, advocates and BHRS providers were announced publicly in October and November with planned implementation set for January 1, 2013 were “put on hold.”  On April 18, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare issued a Draft Bulletin regarding BHRS.  I didn’t receive it from DPW; for some reason, they didn’t send it to me, although I began providing what eventually became known as BHRS in 1981 (more than 10 years before anyone else in the state).

A friend passed it on and, because of many other committments, very little time was available for me to respond to the DPW invitation to submit comments.  I did the best I could in a couple of days, but I think I hit the high points.  You can view my response to the BHRS Draft Bulletin by clicking on the link below.

BHRS Clarifications Bulletin FinalDRAFT 4-18-13 for comment with attachment and commentary.

Best wishes for the future, as always.