Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to announce the launch of the Learning Institute on Innovation and Individualized Supports for Persons with Complex Needs with 15 provider agencies. This Institute, conducted by the New York State Association of Community & Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) through OPWDD funding, is an outcome of our November symposium: Strategies for the Future: Supporting Complex Needs.
Commissioner's Message Learning Institute on Innovation and Individualized Supports for Persons with Complex Needs
Over the past year, through the efforts of our dedicated staff and in partnership with our stakeholders, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has accomplished many important things. We convened a Transformation Panel which has released a sweeping series of recommendations designed to guide our service delivery system of the future, completed our outreach work for the Residential Request List, finalized a plan for sheltered workshops to convert to integrated employment settings and helped thousands of new people receive services in our system.
Dear Friends and Colleagues: As you know, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have reached agreement on the 2016-17 New York State Budget. I am pleased to report that the budget grows spending on OPWDD provided supports and services to over $4.2 billion in the coming fiscal year, which is an increase of 4.3 percent over last year.
Dear Friends and Colleagues: OPWDD is committed to supporting people in the most personalized, community-based way possible, providing the supports each person needs to grow and become a part of their community. As you know, over the past several decades we have helped over 27,000 people move out of institutional settings and into community-based settings to live life to the fullest in the most integrated setting possible.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
OPWDD spent much of 2015 initiating significant public outreach, data collection and analysis to help address concerns and better plan for a sustainable future. This outreach has included statewide public forums to help inform the recommendations of the Transformation Panel and Integrated Employment forums which gave people the opportunity to provide input into integrated employment opportunities.