News and Events
The Arc of Mercer County is a dynamic organization that is active in our community. We keep our members and
concerned citizens informed about issues affecting people with disabilities. We host regular membership meetings to
openly discuss and share important information on government regulations, service provision changes, program
enhancements at MCAR, and fundraisers to support MCAR’s services.
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Upcoming Special Events
Public Can See Webinars, Comment on Proposed ODP Waiver Changes
The Office of Developmental Programs has made significant proposed changes to the Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers in
preparation for the waiver renewals in July 2017.
The proposed renewals to Appendices A through H of the Consolidated and Person/Family
Directed Support (P/FDS) waivers are available for public review and comment. There is a 45-day public comment period on the information proposed in Appendices A through H that ends on January 17,
ODP will also hold three webinars to receive comments on the proposed renewals of the Consolidated and P/FDS
· January 12, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.
· January 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon.
· January 17, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The proposed changes include:
Expand the target group to the following:
· People with a diagnosis of autism who do not have an intellectual disability.
· Children under eight years of age who have a developmental disability with a high probability of resulting in an
intellectual disability or autism.
· Children under three years of age with an intellectual disability.
Add new services and revise existng services to expand opportunities for community living, to promote community
integraton, and to increase supports to families.
Enhance partcipant-centered service planning and delivery.
Webinar Teaches Essentials of Provider Transformation
Provider agencies across the country are transitioning from segregated sheltered workshop
options to supporting integrated community careers for people with disabilites. The Institute for Community
Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts is presenting a webinar that will cover six characteristics essential for provider
The Workshop will be closed on the following dates:
Friday, January 27th (Inservice)
Friday, March 3rd (Inservice)
Friday, April 14th (Holiday)
Monday, May 29th (Holiday)
Tuesday, July 4th (Holiday)
Friday, July TBA (Based on Sparano picnic)
Monday, September 4th (Holiday)
Thur-Fri, Nov. 23rd & 24th (Holiday)
Mon, Dec. 25th - Mon, Jan. 1st (Holiday)