Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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12/22/17
IntroductionOn December 12, 2017 and December 14, 2017, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) hosted two webinar sessions to provide stakeholders with an overview of the recently announced 1115 Waiver Transition Plan. This Transition Plan is open for public comment until January 5, 2018 prior to its submission to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Transition Plan describes how the services for people with developmental disabilities will move to New York State’s 1115 Waiver and the...
12/18/17
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the creation of 459 new certified housing opportunities for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities living at home across New York State. The Governor committed $58.9 million in the FY 2017 State Budget for these housing opportunities, which will be primarily geared to meet the needs of those living at home with aging caregivers, or whose caregivers can no longer support their loved ones. "This investment is critical to ensuring our most vulnerable New Yorkers have access to safe, decent homes and the services they need to lead...
12/08/17
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities will be hosting webinar sessions to provide stakeholders with an overview of the recently announced 1115 Waiver Transition Plan, which is currently open for public comment prior to its submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Transition Plan describes how the services for people with developmental disabilities will move to New York State’s 1115 Waiver and the timelines and steps for launching Care Coordination Organization/Health Home Services. The goal of the activities laid out in the Transition Plan is to help...
12/05/17
Dear Friends and Colleagues,Today we take an important step forward by publishing a draft Transition Plan for public comment which lays out New York State’s plans to better integrate services based on person-centered planning for people with developmental disabilities.The Transition Plan is a required element to enable people with developmental disabilities to move to New York State’s 1115 Waiver, and for the development of Care Coordination Organization/Health Home Services (CCO/HH). The activities laid out in the Transition Plan have the goal of helping to make our system more flexible and...
11/09/17
As you may know, People First Care Coordination, part of OPWDD’s ongoing transformation agenda, will integrate the coordination of services for individuals with developmental disabilities with the coordination of health, wellness, and behavioral health services through a single and individualized Life Plan. Implementation is planned for July 2018 with the establishment of Care Coordination Organization/Health Homes (CCO/HHs). The CCO/HHs will be operated by experienced providers of supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  To provide you with information...
10/23/17
Dear Friends and Colleagues,As you may know, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) uses the Coordinated Assessment System (CAS) to help us understand the unique health and support needs of the people we serve. Using the CAS, assessment specialists work closely with individuals, families, support and clinical staff to gain a thorough understanding of a person's strengths, needs and desires for his or her life.In partnership with the Center for Human Services Research, University at Albany, OPWDD is pleased to announce the release of the study The Coordinated Assessment...
10/19/17
Albany - Building on the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) mission to help people live richer lives in the community, six businesses were honored today at the New York State Museum’s Huxley Theater in Albany as recipients of OPWDD’s Works for Me awards.Works for Me awards are given to businesses across the state that are committed to workforce diversity and to hiring individuals with developmental disabilities. These businesses recognize the significant contributions that individuals can make in the workplace and that hiring workers with developmental disabilities...
10/18/17
As you may know, People First Care Coordination, part of OPWDD’s ongoing transformation agenda, will integrate the coordination of services for individuals with developmental disabilities with the coordination of health, wellness, and behavioral health services through a single and individualized Life Plan.  Implementation is planned for July, 2018 with the establishment of Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) with experience in providing and coordinating services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In order to provide you with information...
10/10/17
Dear Friends and Colleagues,  In partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is pleased to announce the publication of the final Care Coordination Organization/Health Home (CCO/HH) Application to Serve Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), as well as the response to public comment on the draft Application. These documents are available for review on the DOH website. DOH and OPWDD would like to sincerely thank all stakeholders who participated in the public comment period for the draft CCO/HH...

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