Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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06/21/19
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is pleased to announce that the New York State Senate has unanimously confirmed Dr. Theodore Kastner as our new Commissioner. Commissioner Kastner has committed his career to helping improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, and his recent confirmation will ensure that he can continue this work for the people of New York State. Congratulations Commissioner Kastner!...
06/07/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues, In November of 2016, the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board was created to help provide guidance and information to New York officials, individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, and families seeking reliable information regarding available services and supports. The ASD Advisory Board has organized workgroups and held public forums in a variety of locations throughout the state to receive input on a number of topics from individuals, families, providers and professionals about how supports for people on the autism disorder spectrum can be improved. Based...
05/06/19
Friends and Colleagues,  During National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, I would like to extend a special thank you to all nurses who, day in and day out, make it their mission to serve people with developmental disabilities.  OPWDD employs 1,463 nurses statewide, which includes Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Infection Control Nurses, Community Mental Health Nurses, and Nurse Administrators, as well as temporary or part-time staff.  Below are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day: Advocate with health care providers and others...
04/19/19
The below message has been shared by the NYS Department of Health regarding the delay of Community First Choice Option -  The enacted 2019-20 New York State Budget includes a delay in the implementation of the following Community First Choice Option services from July 1, 2019 to January 1, 2020: Skill Acquisition, Maintenance, and Enhancement/Community Habilitation Assistive Technology Home Delivered Meals Environmental Modification Vehicle Modification Moving Assistance Community Transitional Services  Please note that waiver enrollees will continue to access the above services...
04/03/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Throughout the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will be shining a Spotlight on Autism through an online campaign featuring an interactive “spotlight” and a downloadable poster that anyone can print and display in their home or business. OPWDD proudly supports more than 30,000 New Yorkers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The word “spectrum” is important in understanding ASD because it refers to the wide range of behavioral signs, symptoms and degrees of severity that affect...
03/27/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues, The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is amending the 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to align HCBS Waiver services with the Community First Choice Option (CFCO) Medicaid State Plan available on July 1. CFCO is a new option which expands the access and availability of services for people in need of long-term care so that they can remain safely in or return to the community.    Included in the amendment are the following items: •    Update to Community Habilitation fee schedule to...
03/01/19
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is highlighting the unique contributions of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities throughout the month of March, which is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Much like the members of other minority groups that make New York State the diverse state that it is, people with developmental disabilities too often face obstacles that threaten their inclusion and full participation in their communities and society.  Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness and further promote inclusion of...

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