Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Commissioner's Messages

Friends and Colleagues,  During National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, I would like to extend a special thank you to all nurses who, day in and day out, make it their mission to serve people with developmental disabilities.  OPWDD employs 1,463 nurses statewide, which includes Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Infection Control Nurses, Community Mental Health Nurses, and Nurse Administrators, as well as temporary or part-time staff.  Below are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day: Advocate with health care providers and others...
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Throughout the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will be shining a Spotlight on Autism through an online campaign featuring an interactive “spotlight” and a downloadable poster that anyone can print and display in their home or business. OPWDD proudly supports more than 30,000 New Yorkers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The word “spectrum” is important in understanding ASD because it refers to the wide range of behavioral signs, symptoms and degrees of severity that affect...
Dear Friends and Colleagues, The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is amending the 1915 (c) Comprehensive Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to align HCBS Waiver services with the Community First Choice Option (CFCO) Medicaid State Plan available on July 1. CFCO is a new option which expands the access and availability of services for people in need of long-term care so that they can remain safely in or return to the community.    Included in the amendment are the following items: •    Update to Community Habilitation fee schedule to...
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...

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