The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) implement residential housing strategies that will better respond to demand, and develop models of community support that are more tailored to people and their changing needs. Out of the more than 130,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities receiving services and supports from OPWDD, they currently provide residential supports for more than 41,000 individuals. 

This report to the Albany legislature covers key areas that outline OPWDD’s progress in transforming its service system during 2016. They include:

  • Ongoing review of the Residential Request List (RRL) and efforts to strengthen need categories as they relate to certified housing supports and resources for people living at home with aging caregivers;
  • Strategies, tools, and resources to increase access to rental housing, supportive housing and other independent living options; and

  • Implementation of the Transformation Panel recommendations including self-direction, integrated employment, and transition to care coordination and managed care.