Building a Stronger System for People with Developmental Disabilities - A One Year Progress Report - April, 2012
In response to health and safety concerns affecting individuals with developmental disabilities, Courtney Burke was appointed commissioner of OPWDD by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March 2011, and confirmed to this position by the New York State Senate in April 2011. Over the past year, thousands of OPWDD staff, nonprofit agency partners, and other stakeholders have been working to improve the OPWDD service delivery system. Our primary focus has been on ensuring the health and safety of individuals receiving supports and services.We have also been focused on strengthening and sustaining the service system for the future. This one-year report, which builds on the accomplishments highlighted in our six-month progress report, is another way for us to be accountable to the people we serve, measure our progress, and focus our future reform efforts so that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are supported by the strongest and best system possible.