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The goal of transforming our system of support is to help improve the lives of the people we serve. The Transformation Panel was created to address your concerns and deliver recommendations on the future of our system.
Residential Request List
OPWDD is conducting a statewide review of its Residential Request List (RRL), formerly called the NYS CARES registry. Beginning in August, OPWDD will be calling families of individuals currently on the Residential Request List, or in some instances the individual if he/she made the request to be on the list, to talk about the OPWDD services you are now getting and those you may be interested in getting. In these calls we will be paying special attention to residential supports you and your family may need now or in the future. 
Dear Friends and Colleagues:With the recent enactment of the 2015-2016 State budget, we have some very good news to share about what we will be able to do this year to further our system transformation. Governor Cuomo’s leadership has ensured that our system will receive a 3.2 percent increase in this year’s budget for services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and I’d like to tell you a little more about how our funding will be used. 
Dear Friends and Colleagues:April is Autism Awareness Month and New York is joining the rest of the country in recognizing the unique talents and contributions of individuals with Autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting 1 in 68 children in the United States and is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. It is five times more likely to occur in boys than girls.