OPWDD Features

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Dear Friends and Colleagues:Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the greatest resources within our service system for thousands of New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed!
September of 2014 is the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the US Department of Homeland Security.  OPWDD would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that emergencies can happen to anyone at anytime.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:The skills, talents and abilities of the individuals we serve are evident in neighborhoods and communities all across New York State.  That’s why OPWDD is launching the “I am able…” “selfie” awareness campaign to celebrate the abilities of the individuals we support.
Dear Friends and Colleagues: The Western New York and Finger Lakes region recently became the first area to launch NY START (Systemic Therapeutic Assessment Resources and Treatment), a pilot program that will provide community-based crisis response and prevention services to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs.
Home & Community
Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Setting Standards and Transition PlanThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:Working together, we have made some great progress this year in several key areas. We have obtained significant feedback and input on our Front Door process; continued our work with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and achieved approval of rate reform for State-operated Waiver services; worked to streamline access to services and led many conversations with individuals, families, advocates and service providers on how we can better meet the needs of the people we serve.