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

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

Application Process

(Note: Application can be long and exhaustive)

  • Contact eligibility officer at local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) (one in each borough)
  • Sign up for a Front Door orientation session in your borough
  • Gather all required documents
    • Save every document they give you!
  • Begin looking into Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC) providers
  • Documents you need:
  • 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)

Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDROs)

25 Beaver Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(646) 766-3220
2400 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 430-0757
888 Fountain Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208
(718) 642-8576
80-45 Winchester Blvd
Queens Village, NY 11427
(718) 217-6485
1150 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-1913
Family Support, Community programs, Developmental disability services, Working and Adult Life, Adult systems and services, Housing and access, Support for employment, Support for independent living
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