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. 

The initiative will provide grant funding as well as technical assistance and operational support for their program 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.