Print: Print this page

People First Waiver - Home

Why the Waiver is Necessary


Join the People First Waiver Mailing List

Questions or Comments?

Send an E-mail to:
or phone the People First Comment Line at:
or TTY: 1-866-933-4889

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.

Latest People First Waiver News

About this Webpage Welcome to the Developmental Disabilities Individual Support and Care Coordination Organization (DISCO) Resource Page.  This page catalogs OPWDD’s efforts toward implementing the New York State goal of Care Management for All.  Care Management for All  began as a Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) proposal to improve benefit coordination, quality of care and individual outcomes over the full range of health care; including mental health substance abuse, developmental disability and physical health care serves. ...
The following document is the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver application for the OPWDD Comprehensive Waiver. The desired effective date is 10/1/14. This material is under negotiation with the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and therefore subject to updates and revision resulting from these discussions.  The HCBS Settings Transition Plan is contained in the waiver. ...
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 May 3, 2014, OPWDD posted for public comment a description of OPWDD’s HCBS Settings Transition Plan as required by CMS’s recently adopted rules that contain standards for home and community based settings and that require the State to submit a transition plan at the time of an HCBS waiver renewal.  This transition plan is required to set forth the actions the State will take to bring the waiver into compliance with the regulatory standards.  OPWDD’s response to the thoughtful comments received from the public can be viewed here.  ...

Created on Monday, 9 Jan 2012 at 10:44 am.

Last updated on Monday, 18 Aug 2014 at 1:09 pm.