Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:As people who believe that everyone has a place in the community, we can all take an active role in offering our support and friendship to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are spending more time in the same jobs, classes, clubs, and other activities as their peers without disabilities.
Dear Friends and Colleagues: OPWDD and our provider partners have long been working to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities such as autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions.  In order to better address the complex needs that many children present, we have worked with several of our partners to initiate a coordinated effort to develop new treatments and strategies that will better support children with complex needs to live in the most integrated settings and identify best practices for intervention and new therapies. 
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.  
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.