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OPWDD

Published
October 14, 2023
Topics
Adult Life, Work

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is a state agency that supports people with developmental disabilities, including:

  • Intellectual disability 
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Neurological Impairment 
  • Autism 
  • Familial Dysautonomia
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome

Services Available

Family Support Services (FSS) Include:Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waiver Include:
• Respite
• Family member training
• Training in how to manage challenging behaviors
• Reimbursement
• Information and referral
• Sibling services
• After school programs
• Recreation/social activities
• Community habilitation
• Day habilitation programs
• Employment supports
• Housing
• Crisis services
• Respite
• Adaptive equipment
• Environmental modification

Application Process

  • Register for a Front Door information session online available in English, Spanish and Chinese
    • OPWDD will keep a running record of sessions you attend and will send an email confirming your participation.
  • Enroll in one of the Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs)* to assist you with the OPWDD application process.
  • Contact the local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) for your borough with any questions you may have.
  • Gather all required documents. Save all copies of all documents submitted and received from OPWDD

*Note: OPWDD now requires applications to be submitted by the Care Coordination Organization.

Documents Needed to Apply

  • A psychological evaluation, within three years, that includes IQ testing and summary score from the assessment (i.g Vineland Adaptive scores).
    • For IQ scores above 60, an additional interpretive report of adaptive behavior is required  
    • For IQ scores below 60, an adaptive assessment may be based on an interpretive report using information gathered from interviews with caregivers, records review and direct observations. 
    • For autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a report(s) constituting a comprehensive evaluation for the ASD diagnosis is required.
  • Psycho-social and/or social history report, dated within the last 365 days.
  • Medical physical (the same type of physical you would send to a school) dated within the last 365 days.

For more information about eligibility and required documentation: https://opwdd.ny.gov/eligibility

For more information on how to apply, speak with your Care Coordination Organization’s (CCOs) specialist or visit: https://includenyc.org/help-center/resources/application-process-for-opwdd-services

For an additional resource about eligibility, please refer to the Front Door: Access to Services Guide.

Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDROs)

Bronx

2400 Halsey Street

Bronx, NY 10461

(718) 430-0757

Brooklyn

888 Fountain Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11208

(718) 642-8576

Manhattan

25 Beaver Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10004

(646) 766-3220

Queens

80-45 Winchester Blvd.

Queens Village, NY 11427

(718) 217-6485

Staten Island

1150 Forest Hill Road

Staten Island, NY 10314

(718) 982-1913