Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

News

07/25/17
Dear Friends and Colleagues,As you may know, over the past several years the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has worked to offer New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families more control, flexibility and opportunities for innovative support customized to their abilities and needs.This year, OPWDD developed a multi-year housing strategy to ensure that individuals seeking residential supports, including those living at home with family, will have supports available to meet their needs. We have helped more people self-direct their...
07/14/17
The week of July 17- 21, 2017 is designated as National Disability Voter Registration week. We are pleased to inform you about several trainings that are being held by Disability Rights New York (DRNY) to help promote voter education and registration among people with disabilities and their families.OPWDD is committed to ensuring that voting rights are upheld for the people we support and that every person is given the opportunity to register to vote. The trainings being offered by DRNY offer an excellent opportunity for anyone who utilizes OPWDD services, their family members, or people...
06/30/17
Dear Friends and Colleagues:New York State can take pride in its transformation of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By building and supporting a community-based system of care over the past 40 years, New York is a great example of what a State can do in partnership with providers, families, advocates and communities. Through this partnership, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has been able to offer a wide range of residential and day supports.However, as I travelled the State meeting with individuals, families and providers...
06/22/17
Please see the links below for an archived presentation on OPWDD’s Integrated Supportive Housing (ISH) program held on June 13, 2017.  If you have any questions regarding the ISH program or would like to discuss a project proposal please contact OPWDD’s Office of Home and Community Living at 518-473-1973. PowerPoint Presentation WebEx OPWDD Housing Services Agreement...
06/10/17
New York State is issuing this RFP opportunity to provide services and operating funding of at least 1,200 units of Supportive Housing for persons identified as homeless with special needs, conditions or other life challenges. Capital funding to develop these units is available through separate funding mechanisms. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) serves as the lead procurement agency of the ESSHI Interagency Workgroup which administers the program.Attention:Please be advised that the Due Date of 7/20/17 as reflected on OMH's website was incorrect and has been changed to 7/24/17. The correct...
05/05/17
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is celebrating National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2017.Thousands of nurses statewide, including Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Infection Control Nurses, Community Mental Health Nurses, and Nurse Administrators work tirelessly every day to support people with developmental disabilities.Nurses make a difference. Here are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day:Work with direct support professionals and clinical staff  to deliver a team approach to care;Work to promote...
04/03/17
Dear Friends and Colleagues:For nearly a quarter century, April has been Autism Awareness month throughout the nation – a time to not only promote awareness, but acceptance, recognition and inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate the tens of thousands of New Yorkers diagnosed with an ASD, their unique gifts, achievements great and small, and the contributions and value they bring to communities all across our great state.Put simply, people with ASD process information differently than other people do. As the term “Autism Spectrum...

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