Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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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...
03/01/19
2019 Camp Wilton Applications can be found on the Camp Wilton page here:  https://opwdd.ny.gov/opwdd_community_connections/camp_wilton/home  ...
02/22/19
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announced that standardized identification (ID) cards for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are now available upon request. The goal of the I/DD ID cards is to help first responders -- such as law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel -- better understand and interact with people with developmental disabilities who may not be able to communicate their situation effectively. Senator Pamela Helming (R) and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D) sponsored the...
01/01/19
Individuals with a developmental disability can be at greater risk of falling and injury than the general population. What’s more, a fall –even one that does not result in injury– can lead to a fear of falling, which could cause individuals to limit their activities. The following are some factors that can increase the risk of falling, and tips to decrease that risk....
11/20/18
UPDATE:  "Managed Care:  The Future of Supports Forum" is now available via WebEx for individuals and families who are not available to attend in person.  To register to participate, click or copy the link provided below into your browser and follow the instructions: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 12 noon-2:00 p.m. (Schenectady): https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=efd9 You will receive confirmation of your registration.  Information on how to launch a WebEx session is available at this link. In addition, a forum has been added: North CountryWednesday,...
10/25/18
Managed Care: The Future of Supports The system of supports for people with developmental disabilities has evolved over the years from an institution-based system to a community-based support system based on meeting the needs of each person. This evolution was brought about by the people that we support, their family members, providers and our staff all working together. Managed care is the next step in this important evolution, strengthening the coordination of each person’s supports, ensuring quality and challenging providers to deliver outcomes by helping people achieve their goals. The...

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