May 9, 2023
Dear Members & Families:
I hope this letter finds you well and looking forward to warmer days ahead.
As you may know, the federal government announced that the Federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) will end on 5/11/23. The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has confirmed that several of the flexibilities established during the pandemic will be transitioned to pre-pandemic requirements.
During the next several weeks you will hear more specifically about the return to in-person Life Plan (LP) meetings and other meetings related to you or your loved one. Additionally, now that the PHE is ending, OPWDD guidance no longer allows for verbal agreement of the Life Plan, therefore Care Managers will be required to obtain a signature to finalize the Life Plan. Additionally, it is extremely important to be aware of a return to previous requirements for Medicaid Recertification.
Here are a couple of points to be aware of:
Care Managers are aware of the post-PHE expectations for the people on their caseload and are working now to meet them. They are scheduling annual in-person LP meetings and semi-annual reviews as well as other in-person meetings where needed.
Please feel free to reach out to your Care Manager for additional information.
I hope to see many of you at future family and member meetings.
Chief Administrative Officer
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