OPWDD Interim Guidance Regarding Respite

On September 3, 2020, the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) issued interim guidance regarding respite. 

On March 7 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency through Executive Order 202 to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The top priority for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) continues to be the health and safety of New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the state and voluntary workforce. In response to this state of emergency, and to ensure health and safety, OPWDD, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health, is working to provide flexibility for the delivery of OPWDD 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Waiver Services. The modifications to the service system, in place for the duration of the state of emergency, or until revoked by OPWDD), will allow OPWDD providers to continue to meet the needs of the people they support, to the greatest extent possible.

Administrative Directive Memorandum (ADM) #2017-01, Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver and Non-Waiver Enrolled Respite Services, remains in force except as temporarily amended by the temporary provisions of this directive. 

This resource is for New York City and New York State residents. 


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