Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Commissioner's Messages

UPDATE:  "Managed Care:  The Future of Supports Forum" is now available via WebEx for individuals and families who are not available to attend in person.  To register to participate, click or copy the link provided below into your browser and follow the instructions: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 12 noon-2:00 p.m. (Schenectady): https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=efd9 You will receive confirmation of your registration.  Information on how to launch a WebEx session is available at this link. In addition, a forum has been added: North CountryWednesday,...
Dear Friends and Colleagues: During October, New York State joins the nation in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month to recognize the unique talents, creativity and skills that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. To highlight the positive contributions that people with disabilities can make in the workplace, New York is launching the EmployAbility Pledge which encourages businesses to commit to embracing a philosophy of inclusivity and to join us in creating communities that seek to include individuals with all abilities. The Pledge builds on the efforts of...
Dear Friends and Colleagues: As previously announced, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has extended the timeframe for public comment on the qualification document posted in late August which outlines the requirements for the creation of specialized Managed Care Plans:https://opwdd.ny.gov/news_and_publications/commissioners-message-news/acting-commissioner-delaney-announces-extension The deadline for public comment was extended by two weeks until October 17 to provide extra time for people who are having difficulty reading through this large technical document....
Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that effective today, Roger Bearden will be serving in the role of Acting Executive Deputy Commissioner for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Roger has nearly twenty years of experience representing, advocating, and providing oversight for the services and rights of people with disabilities. He has spent the past seven years working for New York State in various roles, most notably contributing to the development of New York’s Olmstead Plan.  In his most recent position as Deputy Commissioner and General...
Dear Friends and Colleagues: The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is extending the timeframe for public comment on the qualification document posted in late August which outlines the requirements for the creation of specialized Managed Care Plans: https://opwdd.ny.gov/news_and_publications/commissioners-message-news/commissioner-delaney-announces-public-comment This qualification document includes requirements for education and experience for medical and clinical directors, financial reserve requirements and other standards the plan applicants will be required to...
Dear Friends and Colleagues, No one does more than direct support professionals (DSPs) to ensure that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities carries out its mission of helping people live richer lives in their communities.  DSPs are on the front lines working directly with people of all ability levels to ensure they have the supports they need to live, work and enjoy life as independently as possible.  Our direct support workforce is 14,000 strong statewide – with thousands more working with our not-for-profit agency partners. Throughout this week, September 9-15...
Building on the strengths of our system, and in response to feedback we have heard around the State, we have been working hard to shape a more responsive system that better meets people’s needs.   On July 1, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) took the first step in this transformation and transitioned to an improved way of coordinating services through the establishment of Health Home Care Management provided by Care Coordination Organizations.  Many people have already experienced the benefits of care that is truly coordinated across service systems...
Dear Friends and Colleagues: As New Yorkers, we know there is strength in numbers and that working together is the best way to accomplish any task, goal, or initiative. We believe that everyone has a place in the community and has valuable contributions to make. In the spirit of togetherness and community integration, OPWDD is launching the Get Together awareness campaign, which aims to promote unity in the community. Inspired by the 1960s song of the same name, Get Together is about encouraging people to come together to achieve full community inclusion for everyone. As people with...
Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to report that this past weekend, Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) began providing care management services for over 100,000 people. Over 97% of the people already receiving care coordination chose the more comprehensive Health Home Care Management service, signaling overwhelming support for more flexibility, more innovation and more customization in the planning of their services. With Health Home Care Management, people will now be able to plan their disability, health and wellness services all in one place. Thanks to the dedication and hard...

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