People Receiving OPWDD Medicaid Services

Males and Females

While the New York State population comprises 64% males and 36% females, the proportion of males to females served by OPWDD is consistent with the prevalence of IDD found in the general population.

Ethnicities

A little less than two-thirds (61%) of those served by OPWDD identify as White, followed nearly one-fifth (18%) that identify as Black. Ten percent (10%) identify as either Hispanic (6%), Asian (3%), or Native American (1%). Eleven percent identify as "other" (4%) or "unknown" (7%).

Table 2. People Receiving OPWDD Medicaid Services by Ethnic Category (2021)
Ethnic Category Percent
Asian 4%
Black 19%
Hispanic 7%
Native American 1%
White 63%
Other 1%
Unknown 4%
Total 100%

Age Group

Sixty percent (60%) of those served by OPWDD are adults ages 21 to 64; however, this same group represents seventy-six percent (76%) of OPWDD Medicaid payments (see Table 3 and Figure 4). Conversely, nearly one-third (33%) of those served by OPWDD are children ages 0 to 20; however, this same group represents only nine percent (9%) of OPWDD Medicaid payments

Table 3. People Receiving OPWDD Medicaid Services By Age Group (2021)*
Age Groups People Payments % Individual % Payment
Age 0 to 20 42,078 $713,856,360 33% 9%
Age 21 to 64 76,224 $6,084,300,606 60% 76%
Age 65+ 8,937 $1,230,207,389 7% 15%
Total (Unduplicated) 121,898 $8,028,364,355    

 

*The unduplicated total count does not equate to the sum of children, adults, and seniors due to some individuals attaining age 21 or 65 during the course of a calendar year. The total payments include Medicaid, State Plan and FIDA-IDD payments.