Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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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...
03/14/18
OPWDD’s Office of Home and Community Living hosted two webinars on the Integrated Supportive Housing (ISH) program on March 7 and 13, 2018.  The webinars covered the following topics:  The history of ISH in NYS and OPWDD, How the funding works for ISH projects, Provider roles and responsibilities in the program, Basics of how the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) program works, and What OPWDD populations are eligible to access housing under the ESSHI program. A recording of the March 13 webinar can be found at the following link: https://meetny.webex.com/...
03/05/18
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is making an important improvement to the way services are coordinated for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York State, known as People First Care Coordination. This new model commences a shift to a new and improved service coordination program for people with developmental disabilities called Health Home Care Management. Health Home Care Management will continue to provide the service coordination that people with developmental disabilities currently receive, but will also integrate coordination of...
03/01/18
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Today marks the start of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time for all of us to help raise awareness of, recognize and celebrate the people that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities was created to provide supports and services to in communities across New York State. This year’s theme, “See Me, For Me” encourages people to focus on each individual and get to know people for who they really are, to look beyond the diagnosis. Here at OPWDD, we already know the extraordinary potential of individuals with developmental disabilities, but...

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