OPM: Policy Development and Planning Division

 

Policy Development and Planning Division

 

Informed Public Policy – The OPM Policy Development and Planning Division (PDPD) addresses health and human services issues and is responsible for:

  • Identification of emerging issues and trends and the development of strategic policy proposals to address such issues;
  • Development of implementation plans in support of the Governor's policy initiatives;
  • Providing inter-agency coordination and facilitating the collaboration between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government;
  • Providing inter-agency coordination and facilitating the collaboration between the State of Connecticut, the Federal government and local municipalities; and
  • Responding to federal legislation, regulation and policy initiatives and implementation of federal programs and mandates.
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Health and Human Services - PDPD leads a number of policy and planning teams aimed at improving the delivery of health care, long-term care and human services in the State.  The Division provides research and staff support, represents OPM on numerous legislatively mandated councils, manages federal grants, and monitors state and national activities that address quality, access and cost issues.  PDPD is the primary executive branch contact for the legislative committees with cognizance over human services, public health, and aging.  As Liaison to these committees, division staff provide information on and analysis of legislative proposals, negotiate with legislators, and facilitate passage of bills.  Some examples of PDPD's activities in the area of health and human services are:

Long-Term Care

  • Public Policy Development - PDPD identifies and analyzes emerging long-term care issues in the areas of financing, service delivery, and types of care.  The Division emphasizes the importance of shifting the balance between public and private resources and institutional and community-based care. 
  • Partnership for Long-Term Care – PDPD administers Connecticut's Partnership for Long-Term Care, the State's partnership with the insurance industry that educates Connecticut's residents about the importance of planning ahead for future long-term care needs and provides high-quality private long-term care insurance to help with those planning efforts. 
  • Long-Term Care Planning Committee – OPM chairs and provides staff for the Planning Committee, which is responsible for issuing a State long-term care plan every three years.
  • Assisted Living Projects - PDPD also coordinates several assisted living projects involving various State agencies.
  • Long-Term Care Services and Supports Website – PDPD staff manage this website in collaboration with the Long-Term Care Advisory Council, the Connecticut Commission on Aging, the Department of Social Services Aging Services Unit, and 2-1-1 Infoline.
  • Annual Nursing Home Census – PDPD staff surveys Connecticut nursing facilities annually on September 30th of each year and provides aggregate information on the status of nursing facilities and their residents.

Human Services

  • Child Poverty and Prevention Council - PDPD Chairs the State's Child Poverty and Prevention Council and provides staff support to the Council, assisting in the development of various reports.
  • Prevention Services Funding - OPM develops a Prevention Services Budget every two years in conjunction with the Governor's Biennial Budget.
  • Low-Income Energy Advisory Board –PDPD Chairs and provides staff support to the Low Income Energy Advisory Board to assist in the planning, development, implementation and coordination of energy related issues.
  • Interagency Council on Affordable Housing   - Created by Public Act 12-1, June Special Session Sec. 113, to advise and assist the Commissioner of the Department of Housing in the planning and implementation of the department.
  • Supportive Housing – OPM coordinates the interagency workgroup on supportive housing which has been responsible for the development of over 2,000 new units of supportive housing in Connecticut.  In 2011, Governor Malloy expanded the initative by 150 new units.
  • Block Grants – PDPD coordinates the development and legislative submission of eight allocation plans for over $165 million in federal block grants pursuant to C.G.S. Section 4-28b. This involves initiating the formal planning process, providing technical assistance to state agencies, coordinating the review and analysis of plans, coordinating submission to the legislature, facilitating legislative approval of the plans, and following up on outstanding issues raised at the public hearing.
  • Non-Profit Collaboration Incentive Grant – PDPD coordinates the Nonprofit Collaboration Incentive Grant Program established in Section 25 of Public Act 09-2. Activities include drafting guidelines, issuing a Request for Application (RFA), evaluating responses and recommending grant recipients to the Secretary of OPM.

Health

  • Tobacco and Health Trust Fund – PDPD chairs and staff the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund, including disbursement of up to $6 million annually in accordance with C.G.S. Section 4-28f.

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For Additional Information Please Contact

Anne Foley

Undersecretary for Policy Development and Planning

State of Connecticut

Office of Policy and Management

450 Capitol Avenue - MS#52ASP

Hartford, CT 06106-1379

Phone: (860) 418-6268
Fax: (860) 418-6496

Email: anne.foley@ct.gov

 




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