April 12, 2023

Proposed HCBS Waiver Amendment

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Department of Health (DOH) are in the process of making changes to the agreement that OPWDD has with the federal government called the OPWDD 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver.

OPWDD is proposing an amendment to the Waiver that permanently adopts flexibilities that were temporarily authorized under the authority of the Appendix K to address the COVID-19 public health emergency. These temporary flexibilities are scheduled to sunset on November 11, 2023; however, the proposed amendment would have approval on October 1, 2023, thereby adopting the flexibilities into the permanent waiver. These changes, and other programmatic, fiscal and administrative changes, are intended to build on lessons learned during the pandemic and improve the effectiveness of Waiver services moving forward.

The amendment changes are outlined in a Plain Language summary, which will be available in 12 languages on the OPWDD website.

If you do not have Internet access, you can visit any county social services office to access the proposed changes online. Hard copies of the proposed changes are also available at the OPWDD Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDROs). 

Copies will be available at the following local OPWDD Offices:

Finger Lakes
620 Westfall Rd./Suite 326
Rochester, NY 14620

Western NY
1200 East and West Rd., Building 16,
West Seneca, NY 14224


Western NY OPWDD Satellite Office

1021 Broadway, Buffalo NY 14212

249 Glenwood Rd.
Binghamton, NY 13905

Central NY
187 Northern Concourse
North Syracuse, NY 13212

2445 State Route 30
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Capital District
500 Balltown Rd.
Schenectady, NY 12304

Hudson Valley
9 Wilbur Rd.
Thiells, NY 10984

38 Firemens Way
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Bernard Fineson
80-45 Winchester Blvd, Building 80, 2nd Floor Administrative Suite 
Queens Village, NY 11427

Metro NY/Bronx
2400 Halsey St.
Bronx, NY 10461

750 Vandalia Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11239

Metro NY/Manhattan
25 Beaver St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10004

Staten Island
930 Willowbrook Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10314

Long Island
415-A Oser Ave.
Hauppauge, NY 11788

You can send OPWDD your written comments by email at [email protected] or by regular mail at: NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Division of Policy and Program Development, 44 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12229.

All comments must be postmarked or emailed by May 12, 2023. Please indicate “OPWDD 1915(c) October 1, 2023 Waiver Amendment Comments” in the subject line.