Planning for the Future
Section 5.07 of the NYS Mental Hygiene Law requires OPWDD to produce an annual report describing its 5-year Strategic Plan and provide the report to the Governor and legislature by November 1st of each year. In 2021, we launched a new strategic planning process. In May 2022, OPWDD issued a draft Strategic Plan, and in November 2022, we released the final 2023-2027 Strategic Plan. The final plan encompassed extensive public input gathered over 18 months of regional forums, public hearings and meetings with stakeholders across New York. The final Strategic Plan will guide OPWDD policy and planning efforts for the next several years, focusing the agency on achieving identified goals and objectives in continued partnership with people with developmental disabilities, their family members, and service providers. The Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council was established within the NYS Mental Hygiene Law and is tasked with providing recommendations on statewide priorities, planning and process evaluations. The DDAC is an important partner in OPWDD’s strategic planning process.
Goal 1: 1 Strengthen Our Workforce, Technology, and Collaboration
Advance the service system’s infrastructure by investing in the workforce, updating data technology, and improving decision-making through collaboration.
Direct Support Workforce
Improve the recruitment, retention, and quality of the direct support workforce.
Data Access and Technology
Invest in technology that provides more timely information and increases the availability of data.
Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration
Promote stakeholder engagement and co
llaboration to inform decision-making.
Goal 2: Transform Our System through Innovation and Change
Expand the system’s ability to empower people by strengthening supports, simplifying policies, and exploring new approaches to providing services.
Supports and Services
Strengthen the quality, effectiveness, and sustainability of supports and services.
Regulatory and Policy Changes
Change policies to create greater flexibility, increase opportunity for community integration, and incentivize improved personal outcomes.
Research and Innovation
Conduct research, evaluate programs, and test new methods for providing services.
Goal 3: Enhance Our Person-Centered Supports and Services
Children, Youth, and Young Adults
Ensure children, youth, and young adults receive appropriate and coordinated services.
Expand supports for people with complex behavioral and medical needs.
Cultural and Ethnically Diverse Communities
Address gaps in services for underserved, culturally, and ethnically diverse communities.
OPWDD has established an ongoing strategic planning process that will continuously engage stakeholders in evaluating and making any necessary adjustments to agency priority goals and initiatives. This process will involve regular, ongoing dialogue with all OPWDD stakeholders and ensure that as progress is made and new needs arise, OPWDD can remain aware and responsive to the needs of people with developmental disabilities and the service system that supports them. The ongoing planning process will involve regular progress reporting as well as annual updates to share relevant information about the service system and to updated the Strategic Plan itself.
November 2022 - 2023-2027 Strategic Plan published
Throughout the Year - Quarterly Updates at Stakeholder Group Meetings
Spring 2023 - Data Updates
Summer 2023 - Stakeholder Survey
November 2023 - Updated Annual Report on the Strategic Plan