Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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07/12/18
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announced the start of an improved way to coordinate services for people with developmental disabilities. As of July 1, a comprehensive service coordination program called Health Home Care Management replaced Medicaid Service Coordination.  Health Home Care Management services are now being coordinated by Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs), new entities formed by existing providers of developmental disability services. Health Home Care Management will continue to provide the service coordination that people...
07/12/18
OPWDD has recently released the application materials for the 2018 Integrated Supportive Housing program for all funding opportunities except for HCR’s Unified Funding. The documents can be found on the Multi-Family Integrated Supportive Housing Program page.  Please contact OPWDD’s Office of Home and Community Living at 518-473-1973 if you have any questions....
07/06/18
Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to report that this past weekend, Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) began providing care management services for over 100,000 people. Over 97% of the people already receiving care coordination chose the more comprehensive Health Home Care Management service, signaling overwhelming support for more flexibility, more innovation and more customization in the planning of their services. With Health Home Care Management, people will now be able to plan their disability, health and wellness services all in one place. Thanks to the dedication and hard...
05/24/18
Public Forums on Health Home Care Management Available As you may know, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is making an important improvement to the way services are coordinated. The Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) program which is currently used to coordinate services will be replaced by a new and improved program called Health Home Care Management beginning July 1, 2018. Health Home Care Management will continue to provide the service coordination that people currently receive, and will also provide coordination of other services, such as health care and...
05/08/18
Dear Friends and Colleagues, OPWDD employs about 1,400 nurses statewide, which includes Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Infection Control Nurses, Community Mental Health Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Administrators, as well as temporary or part-time staff. Our nurses – as well as those who are employed at our not-for-profit provider agencies – work tirelessly to share their knowledge and skills, investigate new care strategies, and create healthy work places. National Nurses Week is an opportunity to recognize the work that our nurses do to help provide quality care and...
04/30/18
As you may know, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is making an important improvement to the way services are coordinated. The Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) program which is currently used to coordinate services will be replaced by a new and improved program called Health Home Care Management beginning July 1, 2018. Health Home Care Management will continue to provide the service coordination that people currently receive, and will also provide coordination of other services, such as health care and mental health supports. Health Home Care Management Services...
04/17/18
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Over the past several years, Governor Cuomo has led efforts to invest in the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) service system to improve the overall quality and availability of community-based, person-centered services, expanding certified housing supports, providing increased employment options and improving respite services. The Fiscal Year 2019 Budget furthers those efforts by committing state and federal funding totaling $7.5 billion for OPWDD programs and committing $120 million for the 5th consecutive year to support new services,...

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