Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Our Commitment to You
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) goal has always been to support the people our agency was created to serve and their family members. That remains just as true today as it was 40 years ago.
Camp Wilton
February 2016 Camp Wilton Celebrates its 50th Season!
The Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council, established by Chapter 551 of the Laws of 2002, is responsible for developing a comprehensive Statewide plan to ensure that people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities receive care and services in the most integrated settings appropriate to their individual needs.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  I am pleased to announce that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed 2016-17 Executive Budget supports the many actions the Governor has taken over the years to ensure the continued health and safety of individuals with developmental disabilities, and to improve the overall quality and availability of community-based, person-centered opportunities.
So many of us are defined by our work. Through work, we are able to experience pride of accomplishment, pursue our goals and passions, and we are able to challenge ourselves to achieve bigger things.  The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) made a commitment to help people find work in community-based settings and as part of that commitment, we have been working with sheltered workshop providers on guidance to help workshops become integrated community businesses.   That guidance is now available here. 
Please note: the public comment period has been extended to March 4, 2016. Dear Friends and Colleagues, 
2015 Employees of the Year
OPWDD is one of the largest agencies in New York State, with over 1,300 different worksites and nearly 22,000 employees.  As an agency, we have tremendous responsibility for supporting thousands of men and women who have developmental disabilities, both directly and in support and management activities.  All of our employees play an important role in helping the individuals we support to live in the community, have access to good healthcare, enjoy meaningful relationships with friends and family, and participate fully through association, volunteerism and work.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Dear Colleague: The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is pleased to announce that, in coordination with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), we have reached an agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the most recent amendment to OPWDD’s Comprehensive Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, Amendment 07.