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Public Comment Period for 1915 (c) HCBS Waiver Amendment 05 Extended to May 24, 2019

A proposed amendment to OPWDD's Comprehensive Home and Community Based Services Waiver was published for comment and posted to OPWDD's website on March 27, 2019. The public comment period has been extended through May 24, 2019.  Written comments should be submitted by mail to: OPWDD, Division of Person Centered Supports, 44 Holland Ave, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12229 or by e-mail to:

A copy of the draft amendment and a recording of the webinar/presentation regarding the amendment are available at:

Below is the original announcement that was made on March 27, 2019:

Public Comment Period and WebEx Session Announced for 1915 (c) HCBS Waiver Amendment 05

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is amending the 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to align HCBS Waiver services with the Community First Choice Option (CFCO) Medicaid State Plan available on July 1. CFCO is a new option which expands the access and availability of services for people in need of long-term care so that they can remain safely in or return to the community.

Included in the amendment are the following items:

*    Update to Community Habilitation fee schedule to align with CFCO rate regions and fees

*    Moving Assistance added as a new HCBS Service

*    Modification of service limits for environmental modification, vehicle modification and assistive technology, including an allowance for costs to exceed limits due to medical necessity


The amendment also reflects other technical changes, including the extension of higher needs funding for residential and day services.

OPWDD would appreciate your feedback on the changes during the public comment period which will be available from March 27, 2019 through April 29, 2019.  Once your comments have been reviewed and any necessary adjustments incorporated, New York State will submit the amended waiver to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval.  A copy of the waiver amendment is available for your review on the OPWDD website at:

OPWDD will be hosting a WebEx session on Friday, March 29, 2019, to provide an overview and outline the proposed changes.  The WebEx session is open to the public and all interested parties are welcome to participate.   A separate, recorded presentation on CFCO will also be available on the OPWDD website by Friday, March 29, 2019.

To participate in the presentation regarding the HCBS Waiver, you will need to register at the following OPWDD link: You will need a computer to connect to the visual presentation and a telephone for the audio connection.  Software programs on tablets are not compatible with the WebEx system. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the WebEx session to:

We welcome your feedback and thank you for your continued advocacy for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.


Theodore Kastner, MD, MS

Acting Commissioner