Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

News

12/05/16
Please join me in welcoming Scott Sandman as the new Director of Communications for OPWDD. Scott is replacing Jennifer O’Sullivan who will be leaving the agency for a position with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Scott will serve on OPWDD’s Leadership Team and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the OPWDD Communications Department, including oversight of all agency messaging, branding, social media and website management. Scott has significant external and internal communications experience in both New York State government and the private sector, having...
10/04/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues,OPWDD would like to sincerely thank all stakeholders who participated in the public comment period for the updates to the 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver.  More than 150 individuals or organizations submitted questions or comments on a variety of topics including Conflict-Free Case Management, Self-Direction, Respite, Community First Choice Option, and program operations and rate setting proposals for new and existing services.  Stakeholder engagement and feedback is a crucial component of this process and OPWDD...
09/19/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to announce the following changes to OPWDD’s central office leadership team.    Tamika Black has been appointed to the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Quality Improvement.  Dr. Black brings with her fourteen years of professional experience with New York State working in the Department of Health, the Division of Budget and OPWDD including three years serving as the Deputy Director in OPWDD’s Division of Quality Improvement. In this new position, she will provide leadership to each of the important initiatives of...
09/14/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Direct Support Professional Recognition Week gives us an opportunity to honor and thank the tens of thousands of DSPs who are working hard every day to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  DSPs serve at the very heart of our service system – right beside the people who need supports.  They have many different titles: counselors, coaches, specialists, personal assistants and so much more, tailoring their supports to meet the specific needs of people every day. DSPs are also at the heart of our efforts to transform our service system to...
08/25/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues:As people who believe that everyone has a place in the community, we can all take an active role in offering our support and friendship to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are spending more time in the same jobs, classes, clubs, and other activities as their peers without disabilities.That’s why OPWDD is launching the Welcome community inclusion campaign to help “plant the seeds of community inclusion” and encourage communities across the state to welcome people of all abilities. The goal of Welcome is to spread awareness and acceptance...
07/01/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  In July, as we celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks, barbeques, trips to places near and far, and quality time with friends and family, we also celebrate individual independence for people with developmental disabilities whose rights were greatly enhanced with the enactment of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. Last year OPWDD, along with several other state agencies, hosted a celebration at West Capitol Park in Albany to commemorate the ADA’s 25th anniversary.  Much like the 4th of July, the...
06/30/16
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Who will care for my loved one when I am no longer able to? That is a question I have heard many times while meeting with family members across the state and talking with them about the future of our system. And while OPWDD has always worked to make sure people have the services they need, given all of the changes in our system over the last few years, we recognize that what families truly need is the assurance that their loved one will find a place to call home, preferably before they are in an emergency situation. In response to these concerns, OPWDD...

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