Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, As part of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) continuing efforts to enhance the service delivery system for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, I am pleased to announce the approval by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a Home and Community-Based Services Waiver amendment.  
Dear Friends and Colleagues,As you may know, over the past several years the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has worked to offer New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families more control, flexibility and opportunities for innovative support customized to their abilities and needs.
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  intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York State.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:New York State can take pride in its transformation of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By building and supporting a community-based system of care over the past 40 years, New York is a great example of what a State can do in partnership with providers, families, advocates and communities. Through this partnership, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has been able to offer a wide range of residential and day supports.
Informational Video SeriesVideo 1: An Introduction to People First Care CoordinationPeople First Care Coordination "Putting People First" is OPWDD's guiding principle. It represents our ongoing commitment to ensuring that New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities get the high-quality, person-centered supports and services they want and need for a full and healthy life.
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Members of the United States armed services and their families make tremendous sacrifices while serving our nation, including frequently relocating to new communities. Moving every three years, as is common with military families, can put additional strains on families with members who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:For nearly a quarter century, April has been Autism Awareness month throughout the nation – a time to not only promote awareness, but acceptance, recognition and inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate the tens of thousands of New Yorkers diagnosed with an ASD, their unique gifts, achievements great and small, and the contributions and value they bring to communities all across our great state.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:Throughout the month of March, OPWDD and New York State have joined with the rest of the country in raising awareness of the unique talents and contributions people with developmental disabilities bring to our communities.

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