The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities assists people with developmental disabilities and their families in gaining access to high-quality services and supports tailored to each person’s unique needs.
OPWDD strives to provide services and supports in settings that are appropriate to each person’s needs with a particular emphasis on supports that promote inclusion and integration and offer full access to the greater community. Our services include: Home and Community Based Services which include Medicaid-funded long-term care services such as habilitation, clinical services and residential opportunities; Employment services including, prevocational services, the Pathway to Employment job readiness program, Employment Training Program (ETP), and a Supported Employment Program (SEMP). OPWDD also offers supports for independent and community living as well as family support services.
The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities coordinates services for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing services directly and through a network of over 500 nonprofit agencies across the state. Nearly 40,000 people receive housing supports in the form of group homes or other community-based settings and over 28,000 are enrolled in work-related services and/or supported employment.
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