On 9.15.21 Governor Hochul announced new masking requirements for congregate programs and facilities licensed, registered, operated, certified, or approved by OMH, OASS, OPWDD, OCFS, and OTDA. This includes but is not limited to certified residential and day programs, inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, substance abuse programs, juvenile detention programs, juvenile residential facilities, congregate foster care programs, runaway and homeless youth, domestic violence and other shelter programs. These requirements apply to anyone medically able to tolerate wearing a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding mandatory face coverings in OPWDD certified services and facilities.
OPWDD stated that everyone who receives the COVID-19 vaccine will need to complete a consent form. You can find that form and other information concerning the COVID-19 vaccines on the OPWDD website, including plain language materials, a screening check list, the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccine fact sheets.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has posted information on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to their website: Fact Sheet.
Click here to visit the OPWDD website to access this material.
Click here for the most current New York State vaccine distribution information.
OPWDD's Emergency Regulation 14 NYCRR Section 633.26 requiring all agencies providing services or operating facilities that are certified or operated by OPWDD to require all staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors, visitors, and individuals receiving services to wear appropriate face coverings consistent with any directives issued by OPWDD and consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the individuals served by OPWDD and OPWDD providers and the staff that support them. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions on Mandatory Face Coverings in OPWDD Certified Services and Facilities.
Virtual Member & Family
COVID-19 Update Sessions
We are committed to hosting frequent updates with members and their families via online meetings. Please consult this webpage for scheduled meetings and/or sign-up for email updates.
Online meeting: an opportunity for members and families to receive updates and ask questions.
The COVID-19 public health crisis is rapidly changing. This information represents the most up to date information we had at the time of publishing. We will update as new information becomes available.
To see all guidance previously released, please click here.
Post COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Individuals and Families
The collective community of the I/DD care delivery system is working through an unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency. As restrictions begin to lift, Care Design NY has worked with members and families to develop a guidance document to inform the New York State I/DD community on what is critical from their perspective in reopening services and programs.
There are three documents that you can access in the buttons below: a narrative and easy-to-read reopening documents with a checklist of considerations and questions to guide conversations with providers and/or Fiscal Intermediaries (FIs) as services begin to re-open.
While we hope that you will not need the hospitalization documents, we want you to be prepared prior to seeking medical attention and ensure proper communication protocol is followed for a patient with IDD on his/her needs and wishes. Please use the buttons below to view/download: (1) a fillable disability form for you to complete and keep with your important papers should you have to go to the Emergency Room or hospital (2) the NYS Department of Health hospital guidance permitting a support person for a patient with I/DD to be at their bedside. (3 & 4) a script and other important important information that our friends at SANYS prepared.
The Learning Bridges program provides free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grades on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.
The Learning Bridges programs will:
You can complete the online application and call 311 if you need assistance.
The Campaign Against Hunger
2010 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Open: Mon and Th 10-3pm
Tue, Wed and Fri 10-6pm
Families can also order online for free delivery depending on the distance, for this, they have to call at 718-773-3551 and speak with the operator to request a shopper ID #.
Coronavirus has meant rethinking education as we know it, and it’s OK to take it slow.
8 Southwoods Blvd
Albany, NY 12211