OPWDD Features

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.
The purpose of this posting is to provide public notice and receive public comments for consideration regarding OPWDD’s anticipated HCBS Settings Transition Plan and the OPWDD’s 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Renewal (i.e., the People First Waiver) scheduled for renewal October 1, 2014.
OPWDD’s Agency Quality Performance Stakeholder Work Group was established by the Provider Efficiency and Innovations Committee in September 2013 to build upon the work of the 2011 People First Waiver Quality Design Team.  Quality Design Team Final ReportPeople First Waiver Design TeamsThe purpose of the new Agency Quality Performance Stakeholder Work Group is to:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new findings that estimate 1 in 68 children in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previously reported in 2012.
Dear Friends:As an individual with developmental disabilities or a family member, you will be pleased to know that the 2014-2015 state budget recently adopted under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides new opportunities for community integration, independent advocacy, employment, enhanced services and improved safety measures.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:This month, we celebrated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a designation first made in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan in which he urged all Americans to join him in “according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” 
Camp Wilton 2014 Applications Available
OPWDD is pleased to share that Camp Wilton, a favorite recreational opportunity with the individuals we serve, is preparing for another summer of great activities!About the Camp Located in the Capital Region, Camp Wilton hosts approximately 500 people every summer. The five-day camp sessions are held every Monday-Friday and 70-80 individuals participate each week. The camp’s counselors are experienced with over 80% returning for multiple sessions. Every attempt is made to accommodate each individual’s physical, social, dietary, and other needs.
Voting Rights
Exercise Your Right To Vote.All Americans have the right to vote, including people with developmental disabilities, and there are federal and state laws to guard and guarantee that right. OPWDD is committed to ensuring that voting rights are upheld for the people we serve, and that every person is given the opportunity to register to vote. How to Register
OPWDD Recognizes Employees of the Year
OPWDD Recognizes Employees of the Year