Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Commissioner's Messages

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Dear Friends and Colleagues:I am pleased to announced that as of September 29, 2017, Debbie Sorg will serve as Acting Director for Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office (DDSOO) 6 which includes state operated services on Long Island, the borough of Queens and Bernard Fineson Developmental Center. Elizabeth Cambra will serve as Acting Director for Developmental Disabilities Region Office (DDRO) 4 which includes regional office operations in New York City.Please give Debbie and Elizabeth your full support as they take on their new responsibilities.  Sincerely, ...
Dear Friends and Colleagues:As many of you know, Governor Cuomo has officially proclaimed the week of September 10-16, 2017 “Direct Support Professionals Week” in the State of New York.  This annual observance provides us an opportunity to honor and thank the thousands of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who empower New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to lead full and rewarding lives, accomplish their goals and contribute meaningfully to their communities. DSPs are the heart and soul of our service delivery system – working with, for and right...
Dear Friends and Colleagues, As part of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) continuing efforts to enhance the service delivery system for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, I am pleased to announce the approval by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a Home and Community-Based Services Waiver amendment.  Passage of this amendment will help people living in the community who need nursing services such as medication administration to be supported in a way that helps them take part in community life....
Dear Friends and Colleagues, As you may know, the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) recently published a draft application for public comment which will establish Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs).  CCOs will be the provider-led entities which will implement People First Care Coordination, a planned expansion of service coordination that will bring all the services a person receives together in a single Life Plan. Currently, only OPWDD services are included in an individual’s service plan, but the Life Plan will also include the healthcare...

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