The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome and other neurological impairments. We provide services directly and through a network of approximately 600 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.
Supports and services, which include Medicaid funded long-term care services such as habilitation and clinical services, are primarily provided in community settings across the state. In addition to these Medicaid services, OPWDD also provides New York State-funded family support services, which are designed to assist families in providing care for their loved ones who live full-time in their family home.
Children under age 18 with developmental disabilities who live at home with their families may be eligible for both Medicaid and OPWDD’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver based on their own income and resources or their family’s overall income and resources. In some cases, family income and resources are not considered by Medicaid when a child applies for OPWDD’s HCBS waiver.