Request for Information (RFI)

On November 15, 2011, the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) published a notice in the New York State Contract Reporter (NYSCR) announcing the availability of a Request for Information (RFI) that will gather public input regarding the developmental disability system reforms recommended by the People First Waiver design teams and summarized within OPWDD’s 2011-2015 Statewide Comprehensive Plan (

Through this process, it is OPWDD’s intent to allow for broader input into the planning for the People First Waiver to help shape the way that the project moves forward from the varied perspectives of people who are affected by the system of supports and services. The RFI is an opportunity for any stakeholders who want to provide input regarding the provision of supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families on a comprehensive and practical level.

As the complete RFI is lengthy and asks many complicated questions, stakeholders who find it difficult to complete the entire RFI may:

  • Complete only some of the questions
  • Call the OPWDD information line and ask for assistance (see below)
  • Use other opportunities for more general comments inclusive of the People First email at

IMPORTANT NOTE: Adherence to the detailed timetable below is essential; information should be submitted within the defined timeframe.

Request for Information – Timetable

Informational Copy of the RFI Document Available for Download Tuesday, November, 15, 2011
RFI Question Submission via Survey Form Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – Wednesday, November 30, 2011 (5:00 PM)
Online Instructions and Submission Form Available for Input and Formal Submission of RFI Responses Thursday, December 1, 2011 – Tuesday, December 27, 2011 (5:00 PM)
Answers to Submitted Questions Available for Viewing on Web page Tuesday, December 13, 2011