OPWDD Features

A Generation of Change… July 26th, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since the groundbreaking legislation was enacted in 1990, we have witnessed change not only in physical environments, but in the inclusion of all Americans no matter what their ability.
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.
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.

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