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10/09/14
Dear Friends and Colleagues:October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about the employment of individuals with disabilities and celebrates their many and varied contributions to America's workplace. The theme for 2014 is Expect. Employ. Empower.Here in New York State, we embrace this theme as evidenced by our major focus on developing employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in our ongoing effort to achieve full community integration for the people we support. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Employment...
10/01/14
OPWDD currently operates three Care at Home (CAH) Medicaid Home and Community Based Waivers. The OPWDD CAH waivers (III, IV and VI) provide services to children with severe developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions living at home with their families. The Care At Home Waiver program allows Medicaid to pay for some services not provided through "regular" Medicaid, such as case management, respite, home adaptations and vehicle modification. These services can make home care an option for children and their families. Although this Medicaid funding applies only to the child,...
09/15/14
Findings Suggest Need for Regulation of Folic Acid Supplementation During PregnancyScientists from New York State report that higher doses of folic acid during pregnancy and throughout life may have lasting negative effects. ...
09/05/14
Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed!
September of 2014 is the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the US Department of Homeland Security.  OPWDD would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that emergencies can happen to anyone at anytime.There are a number of resources available to educate and assist in your preparedness efforts.  New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is an excellent source for information on how you can prepare for disasters and how to stay informed through NY ALERT. This is all in addition...
08/14/14
The New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is pleased to announce the New York State Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) Transformation Fund to provide an unprecedented opportunity for organizations to make strategic investments to transform non-institutional Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for individuals with developmental disabilities. Specifically, OPWDD is looking for investments that complement the BIP Goals as outlined New York State’s BIP Work Plan available at https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/balancing_incentive_program....

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