Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is a state agency that supports people who have:

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Some traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Other disabilities with specific testing scores on IQ/adaptive skills tests

Services Available

Certain services, such as supported employment and day habilitation, have been affected by COVID related closures, and are operating remotely or at partial capacity until further notice.

  • Care Coordination
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Independent living
  • Socialization services
  • Residential care
  • Self-direction services
  • Day programs
  • Respite

Application Process

  • Contact eligibility officer at local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO). There is one in each borough.
  • Sign up for a Front Door orientation session
  • Gather all required documents:
    • Save all copies of all documents you submit and all documents you receive from OPWDD.
  • Begin looking into Care Coordination Organization (CCO) providers.

Documents Needed to Apply

  • A psychological evaluation that includes IQ testing and Vineland Adaptive. Behavior Scales (69 or below; however for individuals with autism, this number can vary)
  • Psycho-social and/or social history report
  • Medical physical (the same type of physical you would send to a school)

New York City Offices

Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDROs)

2400 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 430-0757

888 Fountain Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208
(718) 642-8576

25 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(646) 766-3220

80-45 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village, NY 11427
(718) 217-6485

1150 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-1913

Family Support, Developmental disability services, Working and Adult Life, Adult systems and services
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