serving the staten island community for over 40 years

We did it! Thank you to all who worked so hard at BFair2DirectCare and the partnering agencies in lobbying for a living wage for the DSPs that work so hard every day to enrich the lives of the people we serve! You should be truly proud of your accomplishments. Governor Andrew Cuomo has heard your call!

The most current news provided by Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) can be found here.  If you are looking for additional information visit them on the web at

NY1 Coverage of the Community Mourning Breakfast

Click to view the Groundbreaking at CSI for the Willowbrook Mile Collaboration!

It took a village and more...The Willowbrook Mile project is a collaboration among the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, the primary advocacy consortium for families and service providers for people with developmental disabilities on Staten Island; the College of Staten Island; the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities; and the Elizabeth Connelly Resource Center/Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

April 2016 

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As you know, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have reached agreement on the 2016-17 New York State Budget. I am pleased to report that the budget grows spending on OPWDD provided supports and services to over $4.2 billion in the coming fiscal year, which is an increase of 4.3 percent over last year.

 The new resources provided in the budget will invest $120 million to develop up to 6,000 new or expanded service opportunities including certified and non-certified residential opportunities, day programs, employment, case management and respite. A $10 million portion of the new resources will specifically be made available to OPWDD Regional Offices to develop residential opportunities to support people currently living at home and have an aging parent or their needs have recently changed, including needs identified in OPWDD’s recent Residential Request List report. These resources are in addition to a separate investment of $24 million to support 152 people expected to transition from developmental centers and intermediate care facilities to more integrated, community-based supports.

 OPWDD will also receive $15 million to develop new affordable housing opportunities to ensure the availability of safe and accessible residential options and provide capacity for people to live in their community of choice. OPWDD has successfully implemented START programs in two regions of the state and will receive $15 million in this budget to expand START crisis services to New York City and Long Island.

 One notable highlight of the budget is the provision of $7.5 million in state and federal funding to support the costs of regionally-based minimum wage increases to provider agency staff. In addition to providing funding for minimum wage increases, the Governor’s budget includes funding to support a cost-of-living inflationary adjustment and Medicaid trend to increase reimbursement levels of non-profit providers. Additionally, this budget establishes a Paid Family Leave benefit beginning in 2018.

 The Article VII Budget Bill additions include a two-year extension of the long-time exemption of social work and psychology licensure and grant OPWDD the authority to appoint a temporary operator for continued operation of programs and services in distress. Additionally, the budget requires OPWDD to issue a report to the legislature on or before October 1, 2016 outlining the progress made in meeting housing needs and in implementing the recommendations of the Transformation Panel. 

I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and his support of individuals with developmental disabilities, and I look forward to working with you as we continue to transform, restructure, and enhance our service delivery system. A more detailed overview of the 2016-17 New York State enacted OPWDD budget can be found on our website.


Kerry A. Delaney

Acting Commissioner

P.S. Communication is critical to our collective success, and OPWDD’s Facebook page is a great place for individuals, family members, employees, advocates, and other stakeholders to exchange thoughts and ideas. Please feel free to join the conversation.

March 2015

Friends and Colleagues:

I am writing to update you on the progress already made with the OPWDD Transformation Panel. We held the first Panel meeting on February 26th. During the inaugural meeting, we discussed the scope of the topics that will be reviewed by the Panel, engagement with all of our stakeholders (which includes all of you) throughout the process and the implementation of the Transformation Agenda. Asummary of the Panel’s first meeting is now available on the OPWDD website, along with the agenda for the next meeting on March 10.   You can stay connected to the work of the Transformation Panel--check back on our website for meeting materials, agendas and summaries.




Kerry A. Delaney

Acting Commissioner