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Dear Friends and Colleagues:The month of March is significant for us at OPWDD because it marks Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month; a time for us to recognize and celebrate the individuals that we provide services and supports to in communities across the state.
A panel of experts has been called together by the OPWDD to examine the challenges we face in implementing the Transformation Agenda, offering managed care in our system and ensuring its long-term fiscal sustainability for people currently receiving services and those who will need to access our services in the coming years. OPWDD’s Acting Commissioner will lead this panel and will ask the panel, as one of its priorities, to review how OPWDD proposes to offer managed care prior to our formal request for federal approval to implement managed care in our system.
Dear Friends and Colleagues: As we commemorate the day that would have been Martin Luther King Jr’s 86th birthday, we at the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) celebrate Dr. King’s work which sparked the conscience of a generation. His concept of “somebodiness” has symbolized the celebration of human worth which parallels OPWDD’s mission of putting people with developmental disabilities first. 
Dear Friends and Colleagues:As we begin the new year, I am writing to tell you about some important work OPWDD is undertaking over the next few months as we work together to navigate the challenges of change.   
I would like to recognize and thank all of the staff and providers in the areas affected by the lake effect snow in Western and Northern New York that are working tirelessly around the clock to care for the individuals we serve. Many of you have put aside your own needs and the needs of your own families to keep the individuals we serve safe. Your selfless actions and dedication are an inspiration to your peers and everyone in the state.

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