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Welcome to the New York State People First Waiver Application Resource Page. The State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), in consultation with the State Department of Health (DOH) and other stakeholders, has begun the process of seeking significant programmatic and fiscal improvements to our service system through the development of a new waiver, called the “People First Waiver.” This Web page provides information to those who are interested in the waiver application process and would like to contribute to the effort.

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OPWDD recognizes that a quality managed care system requires effective Care Coordination and the ability to share important information between the individual and family members and involved providers. The first step to creating the ability for this communication is the development of clear and consistent data elements that relate to the Care Coordination function....
The People First Waiver Liaisons, who are listed in this document, are chosen by each DDRO director, and serve as ambassadors for the new waiver by relaying information from the People First Waiver Unit at Central Office and facilitating regular VCs with individuals and families, OPWDD staff, and voluntary provider staff. ...
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....
Coordinated Assessment System (CAS)
OPWDD recently unveiled its Coordinated Assessment System (CAS), a new tool that has been specifically tailored to capture the unique health and support needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State.  The revamped assessment process has been designed to feel like a conversation between the individual, his or her family, the assessor and others who are most integral to that person’s life.  Assessment specialists, who will receive training in person-centered practices and interviewing techniques, will work closely with individuals, families, support and cli...

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Last updated on Friday, 15 Mar 2013 at 4:29 pm.