Before you can access needed services, you will need to apply for benefits that are available to fund the supports you are seeking. For example, if you are seeking Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBS) funded services, you will be required to apply for Medicaid and the HCBS Waiver.
You may also decide to pay for the cost of services with your own money, instead of enrolling in a benefit program.
If you do not enroll in a benefit program, you, your spouse if you have one, parents or legal guardian (if you are under the age of 21) and any fiduciary acting on your behalf are liable for the cost of care.
Medicaid and OPWDD Services
Most OPWDD services are provided through New York State's Medicaid program, jointly funded by the federal and state governments. Find out more about Medicaid and how to apply.