As your New York representative and evidence of Therap commitment to our providers it is our intent to publish information that may be relevant to your agency.  Recently OPWDD distributed a letter clarifying the use of MSC Allocation Policy. This is the cover letter. I would encourage you to contact your local DDSO for more information or a copy of the letter.

From: Moore, Bertha, G. [mailto:bertha.g.moore@opwdd.ny.gov]
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 11:58 AM
Subject: MSC Enrollment Clarification

To:                    Provider Associations

Executive Directors of Voluntary MSC and HCBS Waiver Providers

From:                Suzanne Zafonte Sennett

Date:                January 24, 2011

Subject:            MSC Allocation Policy Clarification Distributed to DDSOs

The attached memo was distributed to all Central Office and DDSO Leadership and staff involved in the Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) Program.  The intent of the memo is to reiterate the policy position of OPWDD with regard to MSC allocations.  OPWDD’s policy direction is that MSC allocations are a planning tool and are not intended to cap MSC enrollment of otherwise eligible individuals or to limit a participant’s free choice of available and qualified MSC providers.  We are providing you with a copy of this memo for your information and clarification of this policy framework.  Please distribute this to appropriate individuals in your organizations that have responsibility for MSC.  This memo will also be posted on OPWDD’s website under MSC Redesign.  Questions on this policy should be directed to your local DDSO first.  Thank you for your continued partnership with OPWDD in ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities have sustainable services and supports that they need to live a rich life.

Bertha Moore

Assistant to Suzanne Z. Sennett

Deputy Commissioner

Division of Policy & Enterprise Solutions

Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
44 Holland Ave.

Albany, NY 12229

518-473-9697 (phone)

518-473-0054 (fax)