UPDATE ON HIGHER NEEDS FUNDING WORKGROUP
As part of the 03 waiver amendment, OPWDD has proposed changes to the Higher Needs Funding Methodology and subsequently assembled a workgroup to develop the language accordingly.
The chief distinction in the latest iteration is that the funding will now be available to individuals currently living in a supervised or supportive IRA provided that a “qualifying event” is triggered in his/her life. The draft language presented by OPWDD suggested these events are “accidents or events resulting in serious personal injury, a major psychiatric event or decompensation resulting in extended inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, OR a major medical event or prolonged illness that results in significant changes in the individual’s behavioral and/or medical functioning”. Significant change is defined as a “decline in a person’s behavioral or medical status or functioning that has occurred in the last six months and will not normally resolve without intervention by staff”.