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Public Hearing on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

The following information was received by Senator David Carlucci's office.  If there are any questions regarding the following information, you can contact the Senator's office at 518-455-2991



SUBJECT: OPWDD Transition to Managed Care

PURPOSE: To hear testimony concerning OPWDD's transition to managed care for members by 2021.

Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building 2nd Floor,

Monday, December 2, 2019

10am – 4pm

198 State Street, Albany, New York, 12210

By 2021, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will shift to a managed care model for all members.

According to the OPWDD, implementing a managed care model will make it easier to ensure that the services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities are appropriate and effective. OPWDD asserts that a managed care model will provide a way for the agency to measure how well a provider meets a person's needs rather than just measuring that a service was delivered.

Currently, services providers are paid under a "fee-for-service" model, where payments are made by OPWDD for the "units" (hours) of service they provide to a person. Conversely, under a managed care model, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), made up of a network of providers, would contract with the state to deliver services. These MCOs will manage costs, utilization, and quality of services to meet the needs of those receiving services. New York State also plans to implement a system of "value-based payment" through Managed Care Organizations, which will reward providers who deliver high quality services and outcomes.

Please see the reverse side for a list of subjects to whom witnesses may direct their testimony, and for a description of the bills which will be discussed at the hearing.

Persons wishing to present pertinent testimony to the Committee should complete and return the enclosed reply form as soon as possible. It is important that the reply form be completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation.

Oral testimony will be limited to five or ten minutes’ duration. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.

Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committee would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements.

In order to further publicize these hearings, please inform interested parties and organizations of the Committee’s interest in hearing testimony from all sources.

In order to meet the needs of those who may have a disability, the Senate, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request to afford such individuals access and admission to Senate facilities and activities.

Senator David Carlucci


Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities


OPWDD's transition to managed care for members by 2021.


Persons wishing to present testimony at the public hearing on OPWDD Transition to Managed Care must complete this reply form by Wednesday, November 27th at 12:00PM and mail, email or fax it to:

John Koury

Committee Director

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Room 514 Capitol

Albany, New York 12247


Phone: (518) 455-7992

Fax: (518) 426-6737

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