The OPWDD Task Force on Special Dentistry was established in 2002 and, though it reflects OPWDD's overarching philosophy of partnership among all those involved in the service system, it represents the unique concept of a public/private sector partnership to achieve excellence in oral health for individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities in New York State.
The Task Force on Special Dentistry is dedicated to improving the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of dental services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, and as such is charged with the responsibility of identifying their current status as well as their needs in order to make meaningful improvements in their dental health, in keeping with OPWDD's priorities of excellence and high quality service provision.
The first meeting of the Task Force on Special Dentistry was held in November 2002. It was at that time that operating guidelines were established and sub-committees (listed below) were created to plan, test, implement short-, medium- and long-term goals toward solutions to dental issues across the State.
The Task Force on Special Dentistry consists of over 30 members, listed below. Its members represent New York's dental schools, hospitals, state facilities and others who have committed to assuring the highest quality dental care will be afforded to people who have mental retardation and developmental disabilities in New York State.