Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

News

06/01/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues: OPWDD and our provider partners have long been working to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities such as autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions.  In order to better address the complex needs that many children present, we have worked with several of our partners to initiate a coordinated effort to develop new treatments and strategies that will better support children with complex needs to live in the most integrated settings and identify best practices for intervention and new therapies.  I am excited to announce a new...
05/17/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  I am pleased to announce the launch of the Learning Institute on Innovation and Individualized Supports for Persons with Complex Needs with 15 provider agencies.  This Institute, conducted by the New York State Association of Community & Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) through OPWDD funding, is an outcome of our November symposium: Strategies for the Future: Supporting Complex Needs.   Response to the Institute was excellent, with more than 30 agencies submitting proposals.  Through a screening process that kept agency names redacted...
05/04/16
Over the past year, through the efforts of our dedicated staff and in partnership with our stakeholders, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has accomplished many important things.  We convened a Transformation Panel which has released a sweeping series of recommendations designed to guide our service delivery system of the future, completed our outreach work for the Residential Request List, finalized a plan for sheltered workshops to convert to integrated employment settings and helped thousands of new people receive services in our system. This year, we will...
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...

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