Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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04/12/16
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. The new resources provided in the budget will invest $120 million to develop up to 6,000 new or expanded service opportunities including certified and non-certified residential opportunities, day programs, employment, case management...
03/02/16
Enrollment in the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA-IDD) care coordination program will begin in March with services beginning as early as April 1, 2016. You are eligible to enroll if you are at least age 21, receive both Medicare and Medicaid coverage, and you receive long-term care and developmental disability services.  The program is available to you if you live in NYC, Long Island, Westchester, or Rockland Counties.    The FIDA-IDD program, will offer more opportunities to be involved in your care planning and to direct your own service plan through a care plan...
02/22/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues: As many of you know, OPWDD spent much of 2015 initiating significant public outreach, data collection and analysis to help us address your concerns and better plan for a sustainable future.  This outreach has included statewide public forums to help inform the recommendations of the Transformation Panel and Integrated Employment forums which gave people the opportunity to provide input into integrated employment opportunities.  OPWDD also worked this year to contact every person who had indicated an interest in residential services at some point in the...
02/17/16
Transformation Panel Releases Recommendations to Improve Services For New Yorkers with Developmental Disabilities   State Agency Taking Immediate and Long-Term Actions to Improve Access to Employment and Residential Options Based on Panel’s Recommendations   New York – Under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has spent the past year engaging in unprecedented public outreach with the people that the agency supports, their family members, agency providers and the general public. The goal of this...
02/12/16
Winter weather can include a variety of conditions including ice, snow, wind and severe cold. In order to be ready for winter weather, it is critical to prepare in advance. The health and safety of direct support professionals and the individuals we serve depends on each agency and program being prepared for winter weather and the hazards it can bring.   ...
01/26/16
Camp Wilton
February 2016 Camp Wilton Celebrates its 50th Season! Join the fun by becoming a counsellor or camper! OPWDD is pleased to share that Camp Wilton, a favorite recreational opportunity with the individuals we serve, is preparing for its 50th summer of great activities! The 2016 season for Camp Wilton will run for eight sessions from June 20th to August 12th.        About the Camp Located in Wilton, New York near the southern Adirondacks, Camp Wilton has been making enduring memories for campers and staff since 1966. We are a residential summer camp operating Monday...
01/04/16
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: Commissioner's Message - Announcement of Public Comment Period - Waiver Renewal Announcement of Public Comment Period - Waiver Renewal - December 2015 Re-Issued Announcement for Public Comment February 2015 ...
11/24/15
Choking occurs when a person’s airway becomes blocked by food or other objects, or when liquid enters the airway during swallowing. It is very important that people remain aware of choking hazards, and know how to prevent choking, as well as how to respond in an emergency.   ...

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