Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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03/13/17
Due to anticipated weather conditions associated with the extreme winter storm that is expected to bring heavy snowfall and high winds throughout New York tonight into tomorrow, all non-essential New York State employees in all counties except Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Franklin, Clinton and Essex do not have to report to work on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 and do not need to charge accruals for such absence. Essential employees should report to work as directed by management.  Essential employees include the following: Business Office staff including Business Officer,...
02/10/17
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Communications 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814 www.cpsc.gov La-Z-Boy Recalls Power Supplies Sold With Lift Chairs Due to Shock Hazard: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/La-Z-Boy-Recalls-Power-Supplies-Sold-With-Lift-Chairs Recall Date: February 8, 2017Recall Number: 17-083La-Z-Boy Recalls Power Supplies Sold With Lift Chairs Due to Shock Hazard Recall Summary Name of Product: Power supplies sold with lift chairs Hazard: The lift chair’s power supply cover can crack within the screw housing and break,...
12/05/16
Please join me in welcoming Scott Sandman as the new Director of Communications for OPWDD. Scott is replacing Jennifer O’Sullivan who will be leaving the agency for a position with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Scott will serve on OPWDD’s Leadership Team and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the OPWDD Communications Department, including oversight of all agency messaging, branding, social media and website management. Scott has significant external and internal communications experience in both New York State government and the private sector, having...
10/04/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues,OPWDD would like to sincerely thank all stakeholders who participated in the public comment period for the updates to the 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver.  More than 150 individuals or organizations submitted questions or comments on a variety of topics including Conflict-Free Case Management, Self-Direction, Respite, Community First Choice Option, and program operations and rate setting proposals for new and existing services.  Stakeholder engagement and feedback is a crucial component of this process and OPWDD...
09/19/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to announce the following changes to OPWDD’s central office leadership team.    Tamika Black has been appointed to the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Quality Improvement.  Dr. Black brings with her fourteen years of professional experience with New York State working in the Department of Health, the Division of Budget and OPWDD including three years serving as the Deputy Director in OPWDD’s Division of Quality Improvement. In this new position, she will provide leadership to each of the important initiatives of...
09/14/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Direct Support Professional Recognition Week gives us an opportunity to honor and thank the tens of thousands of DSPs who are working hard every day to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  DSPs serve at the very heart of our service system – right beside the people who need supports.  They have many different titles: counselors, coaches, specialists, personal assistants and so much more, tailoring their supports to meet the specific needs of people every day. DSPs are also at the heart of our efforts to transform our service system to...
08/25/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues:As people who believe that everyone has a place in the community, we can all take an active role in offering our support and friendship to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are spending more time in the same jobs, classes, clubs, and other activities as their peers without disabilities.That’s why OPWDD is launching the Welcome community inclusion campaign to help “plant the seeds of community inclusion” and encourage communities across the state to welcome people of all abilities. The goal of Welcome is to spread awareness and acceptance...

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