Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

News

02/13/20
Dear Friends and Colleagues: The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) have undertaken a transition for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to specialized managed care. Over the past two years, this process has been focused on two distinct areas: (1) improvement in care management processes using a home health model; and (2) creation of a policy framework for the implementation of provider-led managed care. This notice is published in order to update people we support, families,...
02/03/20
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Stakeholders:  New York State makes a greater investment in developmental disabilities services than any state in the nation, and in 2020 we expect to continue this trend. This investment allows OPWDD to be a leader in providing services and supports to people with developmental disabilities. For example, we provide over 38,000 New Yorkers with certified residential opportunities, more than any State in the nation. At the same time, we anticipate substantial fiscal and operational pressures in the future as we continue to support more and more individuals....
01/29/20
Applications for Camp Wilton are now available: 2020 Camper Application Instructions on How to Apply Additional forms and information are available on the Camp Wilton webpage.  ...
01/09/20
Dear Friends and Colleagues,  The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is pleased to announce that the 1915(c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) 2019 Waiver has been renewed by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This five-year agreement will fund Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for more than 90,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is retroactive to October 1, 2019 and will be in effect through September 30, 2024.  Through Medicaid, the HCBS Waiver provides opportunities for...
11/20/19
An international, multidisciplinary research team from more than 50 institutions, led by geneticist and psychiatrist Gholson Lyon, MD, PhD, of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR), today announced publication of findings from its study of the rare disease TAF1 syndrome. The findings were published in the article “Missense variants in TAF1 and developmental phenotypes: challenges of determining pathogenicity,” in Human Mutation, the official journal of the Human Genome Variation Society,...
11/08/19
As New York celebrates our heroes on Veteran’s Day, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announces new career opportunities for those who have served our country and are now looking for new ways to serve their community. As a Veterans Administration-approved employer, all OPWDD service delivery locations are now approved worksites for the GI Bill® Veterans Training and Apprenticeship Program. Veterans who join the OPWDD direct support workforce can be eligible for additional VA tax-free stipends throughout their 12-to-15-month traineeship. “We’ve heard from the...
11/07/19
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  The month of November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) asks that everyone Focus on Epilepsy and how it affects the lives of the more than 215,000 New Yorkers who live with that condition.* Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that causes recurring unprovoked seizures. While most think of seizures as convulsions, there are many different seizure types with many possible symptoms ranging from convulsions, isolated involuntary bodily movements, staring spells, periods of confusion,...
11/01/19
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) has received a $1.95 million grant, for a five-year period, from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to support IBR physician-scientist Gholson Lyon, MD, PhD, in his research on rare diseases. The grant is part of the NIGMS’s Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators initiative, which provides science investigators who have demonstrated ability to make major...

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