Supporting People to Live, Work and Take Part in Their Community

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 500 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.

At OPWDD, you come to the agency for a job, but you stay for a career.
Our Services
Access OPWDD Supports

Services and supports provided by OPWDD or our service providers can help you live in the home of your choice; find employment and other meaningful activities in which to participate; build relationships in the community, and experience health and wellness. 



Info for Providers

Providing quality supports and services is the goal of OPWDD's service providers, care coordination organizations, family care providers and care managers. Information, tips, tools, regulations and guidance are available for providers to help ensure consistency in services across the state.




Community Involvement

Promote inclusion in your community and help people with developmental disabilities find employment, ease their transition from school into community living, invite them to your place of worship, or take a person into your home and care for them as a Family Care Provider. 


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What's Happening

OPWDD invites you to attend an upcoming Strategic Planning Forum. The 2024 Strategic Plan forums will take place in May, June and July, with in-person opportunities to share your experiences, ideas and feedback on OPWDD’s progress toward its Strategic Plan goals and objectives.

OPWDD holds quarterly public meetings to share new information about services and supports, and to provide the people we support, their family members and the people who support them the opportunity to provide feedback. 


Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Amendment
OPWDD and the Department of Health (DOH) are in the process of making changes to the agreement that OPWDD has with the federal government called the OPWDD 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver.
Federal Funding to Advance Home and Community Based Services
Learn more about the number of people enrolled in different supports and programs offered by OPWDD.
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