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12/15/14
There has been a drastic increase in nuisance alarms related to unclean cooking appliances across the state. Nuisance alarms are a major disruption in the lives of those we serve and are often easily avoided. Some of these incidents have resulted in fire events. Cooking should never be left unattended. ...
12/15/14
There have been several recent cooking related fire events and nuisance alarms caused by cooking have greatly increased. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about half of all home fires start in the kitchen. The most common causes of these fires are:Unattended cookingCareless placement of combustible items near cooking equipmentGrease buildupAccidental spillage of cooking oils on stove tops and ovens. ...
11/21/14
I would like to recognize and thank all of the staff and providers in the areas affected by the lake effect snow in Western and Northern New York that are working tirelessly around the clock to care for the individuals we serve. Many of you have put aside your own needs and the needs of your own families to keep the individuals we serve safe. Your selfless actions and dedication are an inspiration to your peers and everyone in the state.In addition to the difficulties experienced from the record breaking snow, the weather is expected to warm up in the coming days which could cause...
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,...

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