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COVID-19 Resources


  • Click here for the most current information on the vaccine distribution and for information on scheduling your vaccine.
  • Click here for the most current New York State vaccine distribution information.
  • OPWDD released COVID vaccine information including plain language materials, a screening check list, a vaccine consent form, and Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine Fact sheet.  Click here to visit the OPWDD website to access this material.
  • On 12.15.20, the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for individuals with I/DD in certified residences was announced (see button above to access the information).  The Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) are advocating that all individuals with I/DD be included in the prioritized distribution plan.  Click here to access the CCO letter.

To help you monitor the evolving situation, please visit the New York Forward website on the State’s cluster action initiative for the most up-to-date information on the currently designated zones.
Step 1:  Scroll to the Map of Cluster Zones.
Step 2:
  Arrow to your general location.
Step 3:  Click on the Hi-Res version.
Step 4:  Zoom into a detailed map view to identify the specific locations affected. 

You may also enter a specific street address.


1915(c) Comprehensive Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)  Waiver Amendment approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 10/1/20.


OPWDD will waive the 20% withhold impacting the Individual Supports and Services (ISS) housing subsidy for the remainder of 2020: 10/1/20 - 12/31/20.


Appendix K - Emergency Preparedness & Response Amendment Waiver Approved Extension: March 6, 2021: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York's request to amend the waiver with Emergency Preparedness and Response Appendix K in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: approved Appendix K waiver and FAQs.

OPWDD Guidance Documents:

1)  Day Services Guidance

2)  Home visit Guidance

3)  Return to Residence Following Extended Stay Guidance

4)  Community Outings Guidance

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.

Care Coordination Organizations/Health Homes (CCOs/HHs) are committed to the delivery of high-quality comprehensive care coordination. During this time of the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are working in collaboration with OPWDD providers, medical providers, mental health providers and community resources, to ensure all members receive needed supports, services and resources necessary to maintain health and well-being. Care managers are the first frontline contact. They have iPhones and are reachable and highly responsive. CMs will also reach out to supervisors and healthcare management team for assistance.

Risk level assessment and the support/service needed will be an essential component of comprehensive care coordination during this time. Your Care Manager will initiate contact with you and family members, including those in Basic level service, for the purposes of screening for risk factors and coordinating supports and services. We have created protocols and tools for our Care Managers to follow during this rapidly changing COVID-19 health crisis to ensure you are receiving the care and support you need.  We are also identifying those in the community who are the most vulnerable because they live alone and do not have natural supports, their care givers are elderly, they are homeless, there is a temporary disruption in supports, such as home aides, medical needs, such as oxygen, food deliveries, etc. 

Care Design NY has developed a strong framework for escalating our involvement to support individuals and families during this COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis.

Current Providers, please visit our Already A Provider page.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

COVID-19 NYS Vaccine Distribution Information

The COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in New York State. See letter below with information Care Design NY was given on the prioritization for individuals with I/DD in certified residences. We will post more information as we receive. Please continue to advocate that individuals with I/DD residing in community based settings, as well as the direct care staff and care management staff for these individuals, be given priority when it comes to vaccine distribution.

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.  Click here to visit the OPWDD website to access this material.  Click here for the most current New York State vaccine distribution information.

Member & Family COVID-19 Update

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.

Sign up for COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 SOS Information for Individuals & Families

In response to COVID-19, Care Design NY developed a centralized list of emergency resources for individuals, families and providers to assist individuals who have been impacted by the pandemic. The COVID-19 Emergency Resource Search Tool, known as COVID-19 SOS, offers an easy and efficient way to find needed resources such as food, housing and mental health supports for individuals during this uncertain time. Below are a list of questions and answers to better explain COVID-19 SOS. For questions about COVID-19 SOS, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions & Information Resources

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.


NYS DOH and OPWDD Guidance | Health Alerts

Care Coordination Organization/Health Home Communication

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.

Important Documents for Hospitalization

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.

Resources for Specific Regions

NYC Department of Education Announces New Program

The NYC Department of Education announces new program, Learning Bridges, that provides free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grades on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.  If you are interested, please complete this survey at: schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges.

The Learning Bridges programs will:

  • Be operated by community-based organizations and other partners
  • Provide opportunities for children to connect to their remote learning activities
  • Include time for art, recreation, and other age-appropriate activities
  • Follow the same rigorous health and safety precautions as schools

You can complete the survey even if you do not yet know your child’s school schedule. The survey is meant to assess interest; this is not a formal application. More information will be shared by the Department of Education (children in 3-K and pre-K) or the Department of Youth & Community Development (children in grades K-8) about a potential placement in the coming weeks. Programs will become available on a rolling basis beginning at the start of school.

You can also call 311 for support in completing the survey. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to sharing more information with you soon.


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The New York Times: Parents & schools are struggling to care for kids with special needs

Coronavirus has meant rethinking education as we know it, and it’s OK to take it slow.

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