LINKS

GOOD REASONS

Good Reasons mission is to create scrumptious, all natural dog treats while providing employment for people with autism and other disabilities in an integrated work environment. When you purchase treats from Good Reasons, you are helping to provide jobs and opportunity for people of all abilities.

GROW

GROW is a parent and family run organization whose dedicated members have volunteered their time for almost thirty years to advocate for a full range of support services to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

OPWDD offers many services to consumers and their families in an effort to help people with developmental disabilities lead richer lives.

New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA)

A statewide nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, education, information, technical assistance, public policy analysis, and networking to agencies that offer community living opportunities and supports to people with disabilities and their families.

Westchester County Disability Resource Guide

The Office for the Disabled has compiled a list of agencies providing services for individuals with disabilities.

Disability.gov

The U.S. government’s newest disability website offers comprehensive resources on how to find services. It is user-friendly and tailored specifically for people with disabilities and their families.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

A $650 billion budget organization that ensures health care coverage and promotes care for beneficiaries, including the elderly and some people with disabilities.

New York State Department of Health

The Department of Health offers a daily updated news feed on health issues in New York.

New York State Department of Health Medicaid Page

The New York State Department of Health offers information on Medicaid and how to qualify and apply.

Office of Children and Family Services

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services provides a range of resources to help parents and guardians with their child and family care needs.

Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDROs)

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities oversees 5 local district offices known as Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) throughout New York State. A local DDRO provides a comprehensive network of person-centered services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families. These supports and services are provided by staff employed by New York State in partnership with staff working for local not-for-profit voluntary agencies. The DDRO is the starting point to apply for services. DDROs will provide individuals and families with the information they need to make informed choices about the supports and services best suited to meet their needs. For more information about the services available in your area contact your local DDRO.

OPWDD People First Waiver

The State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), in consultation with the State Department of Health (DOH) and other stakeholders, has begun the process of seeking significant programmatic and fiscal improvements to our service system through the development of a new waiver, called the “People First Waiver.” This Web page provides information to those who are interested in the waiver application process and would like to contribute to the effort.

OPWDD Transformation

http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/transformation-agreement/home

http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/transformation-agreement/mfp/community-transition-flyer

http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/transformation-agreement/mfp/ICF_Transitions

http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/transformation-agreement/quarterly-report/OPWDDSelf-DirectionPolicy

Learning about Incidents

OPWDD’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities live richer lives. OPWDD, in coordination with the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, has established requirements and oversight procedures to protect people receiving services from harm. This brochure provides an overview of OPWDD’s expectations regarding incidents and explains the roles of qualified persons and other involved parties advocating on behalf of the people we serve.

The Council on Quality and Leadership

For more than 40 years CQL has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure and improve the quality of life of all people. Services that are person-centered  …  that support each person to live his or her own life – to plan, to contribute, to participate, to choose; and to be respected and valued is WHAT REALLY MATTERS.  CQL offers consultation, accreditation, training and certification services to organizations and systems that share our vision of dignity, opportunity and community for all people

Mental Hygiene Legal Service

The Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) is a New York State agency responsible for representing, advocating and litigating on behalf of individuals receiving services for a mental disability. It is the oldest and most comprehensive legal advocacy program for the mentally disabled in the United States.  MHLS operates pursuant to Article 47 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law, and is an agency of the judicial branch of government. As such, MHLS operates independently from executive branch agencies, such as the Office of Mental Health. The objectives of the MHLS are: to ensure that persons with mental and/or developmental disabilities are afforded due process and equal protection of the law; to provide legal counsel for persons involved in judicial proceedings concerning admission, retention, transfer, right to adequate care and treatment, right to object to treatment, etc.; to investigate and take legal action relative to cases of abuse or mistreatment; and to provide general day-to-day advocacy services meeting the myriad needs of the thousands of individuals who reside in or pass through the mental health system annually. Its oversight function includes monitoring providers’ compliance with statutes, regulations and licenses.