November 10, 2020
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Public comment period for OPWDD Comprehensive HCBS Waiver Amendment open until December 18
OPWDD has opened public comment on the draft Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Amendment that they are seeking to make effective April 1, 2021.
The HCBS Waiver is the Medicaid program that provides opportunities for over 88,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive services in their own home or community. Click here to read the full text of the waiver.
Written comments will be accepted from November 10, 2020 through December 18, 2020 and may be submitted by mail to: OPWDD, Division of Policy and Program Development, 44 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12229 or by e-mail to:
OPWDD will be conducting two webinars on November 12, 2020 to provide an overview of the proposed changes included in the Draft April 1, 2021 Waiver Amendment. Please register for one of the two following webinars:
For more information, including a summary and previous versions of the waiver, click here.
COVID-19 updated staffing and return to work guidance
OPWDD has released the below updated guidance for providers regarding staffing and return to work which reflects the most current travel advisory guidance issued by the NYS Department of Health:
IRMA Entry Guidance and Proactive Testing presentation materials
Materials are available from the November 9 OPWDD Webex on IRMA Entry Guidance and Proactive Testing:
NY Times: "COVID Threatens People With Intellectual and Developmental Challenges"
The New York Times interviewed Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University, about the I/DD community's unique vulnerability to COVID-19.
Landes has published several studies on the topic using data provided through the NYDA COVID-19 Impact survey and was recently a panelist at the CP State Virtual Conference.
2021 COLA information and upcoming trainings
The 2021 Federal Cost of Living Adjustment for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is 1.3%.
Click the following links for SSI and Personal Allowance charts::
Training Available
OPWDD’s Revenue Support Field Operations continues to offer trainings designed to provide information on personal allowance and financial benefits to help support individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State. Enrollment for several courses (Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income and Social Security) is currently open. To register for trainings, log onto the New York Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) and search by the title of the course or by the category of “Care Coordination”. Please continue to check SLMS on a frequent basis for new offerings.
Statewide COVID positivity rate continues to rise
"While New York's COVID positivity remains the third-lowest in the nation, we continue to see increases in both new positive cases and hospital admissions, demonstrating we are not immune to the surge we are seeing throughout the rest of the nation," Governor Cuomo said today. "While we may be tired of COVID, it is not tired of us. It's clear that COVID fatigue and a lack of compliance leads to viral spread, so it's more important than ever that as we prepare for winter, each of us stays smart and New York Tough by taking simple everyday actions like washing hands, wearing masks and socially distancing. Likewise, local governments need to be vigilant and actively enforce public health law throughout the state."