A Good Start: Governor Acts to Protect Direct Service Workers

We can only hope that PA Governor Tom Wolf recognizes the comparable need to raise protections for funding Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) and other professional mental health treatment providers under the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program who have been similarly faced with grossly inadequate, outdated State funding limits (TSS, BSC and MT pay rates have never been increased since 1992) which contributes to the extremely high turnover in their ranks as well.

Here is the text of Governor Tom Wolf’s Executive Order on behalf of Direct Service Workers who receive compensation via the Office of Long Term Living.  The same text could be applied to workers who receive compensation via the EPSDT program for the delivery of Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS, still widely misunderstood to mean “wraparound” services in Pennsylvania).

Remember:  Wraparound is a philosophy and an approach to the management of treatment services; BHRS are treatment services that are funded under the EPSDT mandate of Medicaid that disabled children in Pennsylvania are entitled to when they are prescribed correctly by a psychologist or a psychiatrist in this state.



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