Under the administration of the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities for New York State, Lower West Side Household Services Corp. renders a variety of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to support these individuals and their families to live and thrive in their communities. Services include:
- Respite: offers family assistance in reducing the stress of caring for their loved ones
- Plan of Care Supportive Services: Service coordinators assist participants in the maintenance of their individualized service plans and current level of care eligibility
- Community Habilitation: A person centered goal oriented services to assist enrollees in developing socialization, independent living, and life skills to remain in the community safely
What is required for a person to be eligible for OPWDD services?
This is what the New York State Mental Hygiene Law requires in order to be eligible for OPWDD services:
- The presence of a developmental disability that is described by certain qualifying diagnoses or conditions
- The disability has occurred before the person reached age twenty-two
- Must be eligible for ICF/IMR level of Care
- Medicaid eligible
What is NOT considered a developmental disability?
- Mental illness (e.g., bi-polar disorder or depression)
- Loss or absence of senses, motor skills or physical abilities
- Mild forms of conditions such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorder or brain injury
If there is no evidence of “substantial handicap” An individual may qualify for OPWDD eligibility if they have one of the conditions listed above as well as a qualifying developmental disability, please contact our office and speak with our OPWDD department to find out if you’re eligible.
For more information regarding OPWDD and Respite services, or referrals call 212-307-7107 ext. 415.