The systems in our State are operating every day to ensure quality supports and services are delivered to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. We are committed to open dialogue, including sharing this data so that you can stay informed as we continue to help more and more people experience a full life based on their unique needs and choices.
This data provides information on the characteristics of people with developmental disabilities in New York State covered under the Medicaid program and the types of services they receive.
Ninety-five percent of people accessing OPWDD services and supports have Medicaid coverage.
In 2020, over 120,000 people received OPWDD Medicaid services and supports. This represents an increase of approximately 13% from 2014.
Table 1. People and Payments by Year
People with developmental disabilities may have multiple diagnoses. For example, a person with a primary diagnosis of intellectual disability may also have a secondary diagnosis of epilepsy.
The primary diagnosis is identified for people during the determination of eligibility for Medicaid services.
While additional or co-occurring conditions may be identified, the primary diagnosis is required and can be accurately reported.