OPWDD will invest a portion of enhanced FMAP funds in improving access to innovative, integrated and person-centered day and employment alternatives to traditional, site-based day services through expanded capacity of providers. The goal of this initiative is to increase OPWDD’s delivery of HCBS waiver day and employment services in the broader community.
OPWDD will seek proposals that implement employment first principles and strategies and those that align with the Community Life Engagement guideposts established by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The initiative will provide grant funding and outcome-based incentive payments to HCBS day providers as well as technical assistance and operational support for their model changes. The funding will also support the acquisition of technology, staff training and, under limited circumstances, the payment of capital costs. Specifically, the payment of capital costs may be allowed when it accelerates the development of alternative program models. These payments could be used to accelerate the repayment of approved, cost-verified property costs for sites that are no longer needed. However, no more than 20 percent of the grant funding can be used for this purpose.