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Community Transitions and Money Follows the Person

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Community Transitions and Money Follows the Person

Supporting individuals moving out of institutional settings and into the community is a critical component of OPWDD’s system transformation. In July 2013, OPWDD announced it would close four of its six developmental centers (DCs), and retain a minimum institutional capacity at the remaining two facilities. Those two developmental centers will support people who are court-mandated to OPWDD and those with intensive short-term behavioral needs who require stabilization in a focused, intensive treatment setting prior to returning to a community setting.

In addition, OPWDD has joined the New York State Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration and will be actively assisting individuals with developmental disabilities in moving from developmental centers (DCs), Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), and nursing homes into private homes, apartments, or community residential settings. Some individuals will move out of ICFs and DCs, while others may remain living in their current location, but experience greater community integration as ICFs (an institutional program model) convert to Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs). 

Provider agencies will play a critical role in promoting community transitions for individuals with developmental disabilities and supporting OPWDD to fulfill the required reporting of community transitions to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This page will provide up-to-date information on OPWDD’s progress in transforming its residential services, as well as information and resources that will help service providers partner effectively with OPWDD in this important transformation.

For more information, contact Community.Transitions@opwdd.ny.gov