ANNOUNCEMENTS

Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) Update

ODP and HRS, Inc. are implementing the HRST in phases, with HCQUs designated as “HRST Gatekeepers” for agencies within their respective regions. The following information is offered in response to the confusion and/or concern expressed by agencies with regard to the implementation process. [Updates will be posted as received.]

  • RESIDENTIAL PROVIDERS: The KEPRO HCQU is establishing a list of contact information for the HRST point person identified for each residential provider agency. Agency point persons will receive from the HRST Gatekeeper (hrstgatekeeper@kepro.com) a spreadsheet with instructions for entering required information for agency employees needing access to the HRST, at either the “rater” or “view only” level. The HRST Gatekeeper will collect and forward these spreadsheets to HRS, Inc., for the creation of HRST user profiles and communication of user credentials to each person listed. Users with “rater” access will be instructed to complete the required Online Rater Training by July 31, 2019. RNs are encouraged to complete the Online Rater Training; information specific to quality review training is not available at this time.
  • SCOs: Once raters are prepared to conduct HRSTs, SCOs will be contacted for contact information for an HRST point person who will complete the user spreadsheet for each SCO.
  • For more information, refer to ODP Announcement 19-065 HRST Implementation Update.

Please submit questions and information about the HRST process to hrstgatekeeper@kepro.com.

 

FATAL FOUR Training (available in both online and instructor-led formats)

 

The KEPRO Health Care Quality Unit (KEPRO HCQU) is contracted to support the efforts of the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Administrative Entities, and provider agencies within the intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) service delivery system, family caregivers, and individuals with I/DD, to continuously improve the quality of life experienced by individuals throughout southwestern PA, including Allegheny, Bedford, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties.

Our goal is to enhance the health and wellness of people with I/DD through the sharing of information with individuals, agency and family caregivers, and community health professionals, thereby supporting the opportunity for individuals with I/DD to live everyday lives. To achieve this goal, we offer physical and behavioral health-related information that reflects current and accepted standards of care, evidence-based practices, and effective care strategies attuned to the specific needs of people with I/DD. This information is delivered in the form of training, technical assistance, capacity building activities, and general dissemination of informational materials and resources.

 

KEPRO Acquisitions, Inc. is the service provider on behalf of Westmoreland County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.