Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

News

09/16/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues, The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is pleased to announce the opportunity for public comment on the draft 1915(c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) 2019 Waiver Renewal.  The HCBS Waiver is the Medicaid program that provides opportunities for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive services in their own home or community. The draft 2019 Waiver Renewal includes updates to the OPWDD quality improvement strategy to reflect current workgroups and committees, allows Nurse...
09/11/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues, As a former direct support professional at a not-for-profit agency in Massachusetts in my earlier years, I know how hard direct support professionals work every day to ensure that people with developmental disabilities have the supports they need to live, work and enjoy life as independently as possible. No one does more than direct support professionals to ensure that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities carries out its mission of helping people live richer lives in their communities.  Our direct support workforce is approximately 13,000...
08/30/19
Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation are encouraging people to get ready for an inclusive day of fun as they partner with Special Olympics New York in bringing Get Together Day to select state parks this summer. Using New York’s award-winning state parks as the backdrop, Get Together Day will bring people with and without developmental disabilities together for fun, healthful activities that encourage everyone’s participation regardless of level of ability while showcasing the...
08/20/19
Each of us has unique strengths, skills, and abilities that make us who we are. To celebrate the abilities of the people we support, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is launching the “What’s Your Super Power?” campaign. “What’s Your Super Power?” aims to educate the public about the unique abilities that everyone, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brings to a community.  Is your wheelchair faster than a speeding bullet? Is your sense of humor more powerful than a locomotive? Are you able to leap over the most complex math problems in...
08/16/19
New York State is issuing this Request for Proposals ( RFP) for the development and operation of at least 1,200 new units of Supportive Housing for persons identified as homeless with special needs, conditions or other life challenges. This RFP seeks to award the fourth year's commitment of Governor Cuomo's plan to develop 6,000 units over five years. NYS will award service and operating funding for units of housing developed to support the needs of individuals residing in the units.    View the full RFP on the Office of Mental Health's website.  Read Governor Andrew M....
06/21/19
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is pleased to announce that the New York State Senate has unanimously confirmed Dr. Theodore Kastner as our new Commissioner. Commissioner Kastner has committed his career to helping improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, and his recent confirmation will ensure that he can continue this work for the people of New York State. Congratulations Commissioner Kastner!...
06/07/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues, In November of 2016, the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board was created to help provide guidance and information to New York officials, individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, and families seeking reliable information regarding available services and supports. The ASD Advisory Board has organized workgroups and held public forums in a variety of locations throughout the state to receive input on a number of topics from individuals, families, providers and professionals about how supports for people on the autism disorder spectrum can be improved. Based...
05/06/19
Friends and Colleagues,  During National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, I would like to extend a special thank you to all nurses who, day in and day out, make it their mission to serve people with developmental disabilities.  OPWDD employs 1,463 nurses statewide, which includes Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Infection Control Nurses, Community Mental Health Nurses, and Nurse Administrators, as well as temporary or part-time staff.  Below are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day: Advocate with health care providers and others...

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