Event: New Options Waiver Program (NOW) Public Forums

Event: New Options Waiver Program (NOW) Public Forums

from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Division of Developmental Disabilities

NOW Waiver Public Forums: COMP Families & Providers are Welcome to Attend

The New Options Waiver Program (NOW) which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is scheduled for renewal in September 2017 via application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS). The Department of Community Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities seek comments from the public on how to enhance this program to meet the changing needs of families and individuals.

A series of five public forums will be held to collect comments and suggestions for the New Options Waiver Program (NOW) renewal application. We need input from families, self-advocates, providers, and the general public. COMP providers and families are welcome to attend.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive difference in the direction of services for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Meeting Objectives:

  • Participate in a focused discussion with other advocates and record your suggestions for improvements or additions to the NOW service array
  • Network with other stakeholders who share your experiences and concerns
  • Contribute to community efforts that will positively impact services provided in Georgia

Speakers to include:

Catherine Ivy, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Marcey Alter, Deputy Director Medicaid Services, Department of Community Health
Brian Dowd, Director of Waiver Programs, Department of Community Health


March 1 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
March 6 – 7:00 to 8:00pm (Virtual Forum)
March 8 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at Clarence Brown Conference Center, Cartersville
March 9 – 11:00am to Noon (Virtual Forum)
March 13 – 1:00 to 3:00pm at Gwinnett Tech/Busbee Center, Lawrenceville

Register by clicking the Eventbrite link below:


Venue address will listed on the registration ticket.
Details for the online virtual forums will be sent upon registration.

Certified Peer Specialist – Parent Certification Training, March 27-31, 2017

Do you have personal experience as a parent or legal guardian of a child with behavioral health needs? Would you like to learn how you can use your experience to help other families on their journey to recovery and wellness?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for parents and caregivers like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Parents (CPS-P) and use their lived experience to support families through out Georgia. The class is scheduled for March 27-31, 2017. More information about how you can apply to become a CPS-P is listed below:

Applications are being accepted from parent or guardian enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations below and also must meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must be the parent or legal guardian of a child living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occurring diagnosis; and one of the following:
  2. Currently employed doing Peer Parent Support ; or
  3. Currently employed in the public sector Behavioral Health system as a paraprofessional and have the desire to distinguish themselves as a Parent CPS-P; or
  4. Have related experience serving youth and families through participation in community volunteering, support groups, family organizations and/or advocacy.
Space is limited, so don’t miss out!
Applications and required documentation are due by March 10, 2017.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.