Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The list below addresses many of the questions you might have on intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) and the way that we work with our clients.

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No. HVSP is an organization of provider agencies that collaborates on issues related to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The member agencies each provide their own services. HVSP can help connect you to an agency that will be right for you or your family member.
A Care Manager works to coordinate the different kinds of care an individual needs. Until recently, Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSC) have assisted individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in gaining access to services. Under the new Health Home Care model, MSCs have become Care Managers. They will continue to provide the same services as before in addition to expanded services such as health care planning, referrals for wellness activities, and enhanced person and family support.
As of July 1, a comprehensive service coordination program called Health Home Care Management replaced Medicaid Service Coordination.
The term developmental disabilities refers to a variety of conditions that become apparent during childhood and cause mental or physical limitations. These conditions include autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and other impairments. Developmental disabilities have a variety of causes, which can occur before, during, or after birth.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities can apply for OPWDD supports and services. Eligibility is determined through a review to see if you, or your family member, has a qualifying condition.
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is an executive agency in the state of New York, whose mission is to provide services and conduct research for those with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities.
Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices. The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has established regions that allow for better coordination of services with the State Office of Mental Health, State Department of Health and other agencies.
Self-direction gives you the ability to choose the supports and services that are right for you so you can live the life you want. You choose if you want to manage your own budget and staff or if you want help from an agency. Click here for a OPWDD's 'How-To Guide to Starting Self-Directed Services'.
Click here for a full glossary of self-direction terms.
The Front Door is the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities' process for deciding eligibility for services.
The DDP2 is the Developmental Disabilities Profile. Discussions with the individual, family and circle of support, and the needs and preferences of the individual are recorded. Decisions related to service authorizations are based on the information gathered about the individual and their support needs.
The CAS is the Coordinated Assessment System. The CAS assessment gathers information about an individual's needs, strengths, and interests. This information is then used by a Care Manager to create an plan that is right for the individual.
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