OPWDD Features

Dear Friends and Colleagues:The skills, talents and abilities of the individuals we serve are evident in neighborhoods and communities all across New York State.  That’s why OPWDD is launching the “I am able…” “selfie” awareness campaign to celebrate the abilities of the individuals we support.
Dear Friends and Colleagues: The Western New York and Finger Lakes region recently became the first area to launch NY START (Systemic Therapeutic Assessment Resources and Treatment), a pilot program that will provide community-based crisis response and prevention services to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs.
Home & Community
Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Setting Standards and Transition PlanThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:Working together, we have made some great progress this year in several key areas. We have obtained significant feedback and input on our Front Door process; continued our work with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and achieved approval of rate reform for State-operated Waiver services; worked to streamline access to services and led many conversations with individuals, families, advocates and service providers on how we can better meet the needs of the people we serve.
The purpose of this posting is to provide public notice and receive public comments for consideration regarding OPWDD’s anticipated HCBS Settings Transition Plan and the OPWDD’s 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Renewal (i.e., the People First Waiver) scheduled for renewal October 1, 2014.
OPWDD’s Agency Quality Performance Stakeholder Work Group was established by the Provider Efficiency and Innovations Committee in September 2013 to build upon the work of the 2011 People First Waiver Quality Design Team.  Quality Design Team Final ReportPeople First Waiver Design TeamsThe purpose of the new Agency Quality Performance Stakeholder Work Group is to:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new findings that estimate 1 in 68 children in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previously reported in 2012.
Dear Friends:As an individual with developmental disabilities or a family member, you will be pleased to know that the 2014-2015 state budget recently adopted under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides new opportunities for community integration, independent advocacy, employment, enhanced services and improved safety measures.