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05/22/15
The celebration of Memorial Day is the perfect time to remind people that the unofficial beginning of summer must also include attention to protections and precautions.   To guarantee a full season of fun and safe summer activities, please follow the tips included in the Summer Safety Alert-2015. ...
04/09/15
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. The budget provides $124 million to develop needed supports and services. These opportunities range from employment and day services...
04/01/15
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.Individuals diagnosed with ASD have great potential for achievement in many areas, including the arts. Two such examples are Adrian Esposito, a young filmmaker with several...
03/24/15
Friends and Colleagues: The second meeting of the Transformation Panel was held on March 10th. A summary of the Panel’s second meeting is available on the OPWDD website, along with the agenda for the next meeting which will be held tomorrow, March 25.  You can stay connected to the work of the Transformation Panel--check back on our website for meeting materials, agendas and summaries. We welcome your feedback and have established an email account for you to send your inquiries, thoughts and suggestions on the work of the Transformation Panel at transformation.panel@opwdd.ny.gov....
03/02/15
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.Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month provides an opportunity to increase public awareness of both the needs and extraordinary potential of individuals with developmental disabilities; yet this awareness should not be limited to just one month, it should be spread throughout the year. Awareness was apparent at this year’s...
02/17/15
On March 17, 2014, CMS issued final regulations regarding requirements for home and community-based settings in Medicaid.  OPWDD is working with other state agencies on the New York State HCBS Settings Transition Plan.  The following are important resources related to the OPWDD specific Home and Community Based Settings Transition Plan:Re-Issued Announcement for Public Comment February 2015 Announcement for Public Comment – February 2015 HCBS Waiver Transition Plan – February 2015 February/March 2015 HCBS Settings Transition Plan Webinar PPPublic...
02/03/15
Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to announce that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has awarded $65.3 million in Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) Transformation Funds to 106 organizations for a variety of initiatives supporting our system’s transformation.  The projects stemming from these awards are designed to advance our system’s transformational goals of supporting people to live in the most integrated community settings, obtain competitive employment, and take control of their services through self-direction. Here is a look at a...
01/26/15
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed non-essential State employees in the region impacted by the extreme winter storm and under a State of Emergency to stay home from work on Tuesday.State offices in Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester Counties will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. Accordingly, non-essential employees should not report to work and do not have to charge accruals. Essential employees should report to work as directed by management. Advisement on TIMES entry for this event will follow within 5...
01/26/15
In light of the weather conditions associated with Winter Storm Juno, State offices in Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester Counties will close at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 26. A directed early departure for non-essential employees is hereby granted as of that time and employees do not have to charge credits. Essential employees should report to work as directed by management. Advisement on TIMES entry for this event will follow within 5 business days.Essential Employees include the following:Business...

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