Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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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,...
04/13/18
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Today, New York took a major step forward in achieving People First Care Coordination in our system of services for people with developmental disabilities with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approval of New York’s State Plan Amendment (SPA #17-0025).  The approval of the SPA will provide Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) with the authority to provide Health Home Care Management services to people with developmental disabilities beginning July 1, 2018.  This approval is an important step as we transition Medicaid...
04/02/18
Dear Friends and Colleagues: April is Autism Awareness Month and today, April 2, is World Autism Day. Today and throughout the month, we’ll be joining people and organizations across the state and across the world in promoting awareness and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).   One quote related to autism that we often see is “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” This quote speaks to the very heart of what autism is – a “spectrum” disorder that affects each person differently and to a unique degree.   We know this...
03/14/18
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...

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