New York State and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have identified a series of shared goals that will improve opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in the areas of employment, integrated living, and self-direction of services. These goals are captured in a transformation agreement. They include:
Dear Friends and Colleagues:True person-centered planning should not just be person-centered, but person-driven; guided and shaped by the very individual at the center of the plan. It involves a comprehensive process that includes discussions with not only that individual, but his or her circle of support as well. Those discussions will reveal how he or she wants to live, so that supports can be identified to help the individual move toward the life he or she considers meaningful and productive.
Other factors which impact the individual's life, such as health and wellness, are also considered during the planning process. Knowing and exploring opportunities to use a person’s skills and abilities helps to set a direction while providing positive motivation, and increasing the likelihood of achieving the desired outcomes that are most important to the person receiving supports.Focus on Outcomes!
Announcing Statewide People First Waiver & Transformation Agreement Videoconference -- Monday, November 18, 2013 from 11am to 1pm
On Monday, November 18, 2013, from 11am to 1pm, OPWDD will host a statewide videoconference to provide People First Waiver discussion boards and voluntary providers an update on the People First Waiver and Transformation Agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The PowerPoint presentation will be posted on OPWDD’s People First Waiver webpage the day before the videoconference, and a video of the presentation will be posted following the event.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:Our vision is to assist the individuals we support in living in the home of their choice; enjoying meaningful relationships with friends, family, and others; experiencing personal health and growth; and fully participating in their communities. OPWDD and its network of providers are working each day to make that vision a reality.
Governor Cuomo's Executive Order #38 "prevents(s) public funds from being diverted to excessive compensation and unnecessary administrative costs, and ... ensure(s) that taxpayer dollars are being used to help New Yorkers in need" (Governor Andrew Cuomo, Executive Order #38). This website serves as a source of information for providers receiving State funds and State-authorized payments and allows providers the opportunity to apply for a waiver from the limitations of the Executive Order and accompanying regulations.
Sept 30, 2013Self-direction of Community Habilitation Services Statewide VC for Providers PowerPoint: Statewide VC CH Self-Direction for Providers 09/30/13
OPWDD will host a statewide videoconference to provide People First Waiver discussion boards and voluntary providers an update on the People First Waiver and a new Transformation Agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The PowerPoint presentation will be posted on OPWDD’s People First Waiver webpage the day before the videoconference, and a video of the presentation will be posted following the event.
Statewide Video Conference on Self-Directed Service Options for Individuals and Families On June 18, 2013, OPWDD has scheduled a statewide video conference on self-direction. This video conference is specifically for individuals and families. Two sessions will be offered: 12:00-1:00pm and 6:00-7:00pm. Both of these sessions will feature the same content, so you only need to register for one video conference. At the end of the video conference, you will understand: