Build Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


OPWDD will leverage its ongoing work with the federally funded National Community of Practice (CoP) on Cultural and Linguistic Competence and initial agency assessments of equity issues to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic initiative to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion, inclusive of culture, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability. It will dedicate a portion of enhanced FMAP funding to conducting a service system policy review through the lens of DEI, an impact study of those policies, and an equity analyses of data, focus group research, and partnerships with people and organizations in underserved communities to inform longer-term efforts to improve equity and access. A portion of the funding will also be used to invest in strategies to address equity and access needs that have already been identified. Funding will be provided to the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, which will administer and coordinate subgrants to providers, implement the policy-level assessment and planning and implement the short-term strategies.  Georgetown University will also evaluate the effectiveness of the investments. OPWDD will share the results of these investments broadly to ensure that best practices are cascaded across the service system.