The People First Waiver – OPWDD Service System Reform – Statewide Video Conference November 9, 2011

Dear OPWDD Stakeholder:

The People First Waiver is OPWDD’s vehicle for service system reform and improvement. It is embodied in this year’s Comprehensive Plan (the 5.07 Plan), which has just been released for review. OPWDD invites you to comment on the draft plan and the waiver initiative at a statewide videoconference hearing that will take place in 13 locations around the state on November 9.

In addition, OPWDD is hosting a series of five informational briefings on the new People First Waiver in early November. These will occur at locations across the state and will provide an update on OPWDD’s development of the new waiver by Commissioner Burke or a staff member from the 1115 Waiver Unit. These briefings also will provide time for you to ask questions. Advanced registration is required.

To view the draft plan and sign up to give testimony at the November 9 hearing, or to register to attend a People First Waiver briefing near you, please visit

Copies of the registration forms are attached and can be sent via fax to 518-402-4325.

OPWDD will continue to provide similar opportunities for dialogue and information exchange in the future. As always, if you are not able to attend a session in person, you are encouraged to contact us via email at or by phone at 1-866-946-9733 or (TTY) 1-866-933-4889 to let us know your thoughts.


Courtney Burke



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