Rural CCO Peer-Led Outreach and

Community Mapping Initiative

DDPC announces the availability of one (1) grant up to $300,000 ($100,000 per year, for three years) to conduct peer-led outreach, community mapping, and coalition building within OPWDD Region 2 that will inform the development of Administrative Directive Memorandum, policies, practices, and tools to improve service delivery and access to information for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) living in rural communities.

As of January 1, 2019, OPWDD Region 2 (Region 2) is the largest OPWDD region in terms of area, contains the largest number of rural counties (14 Counties), and the largest number of counties (12 Counties) that are at or above the State Poverty Rate of 15.7%.  The combination of these geographic and economic barriers present significant service obstacles to serving individuals with ID/DD from rural and under-served communities during the transition to managed care and CCOs, in addition to the various barriers individuals face to fully participate in their communities.

Previous initiatives and projects from the NYS DDPC and other DD Councils have focused on improving service delivery outcomes through community mapping and information-sharing. While these initiatives have increased access to service information and opportunities for public input, they do not include the opportunity for individuals with ID/DD to advocate on their own behalf, nor the ability to participate in developing policies and procedures that would assist in accessing and receiving services in their community. As newly formed CCOs are developing a framework for service delivery, individuals with ID/DD from rural, high-poverty communities in Region 2, have the opportunity to work with OPWDD, CCOs, community service providers, and other relevant stakeholders to inform solutions and policies that will improve service delivery and information access.

This initiative aims to address the above service and information delivery issues through establishment of rural advocacy coalitions throughout OPWDD Region 2. These coalitions will provide a uniform mechanism for feedback and recommendations that will result in systems transformation and ultimately improve services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission:  

• RFP Posting Date:                         Wednesday, September 5, 2018

• Letter of Intent Due Date:            Friday, September 28, 2018

• Proposal Due Date:                       Friday, October 19, 2018


Contact Person:      Kimberly Berg