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New York Releases Draft Plan to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Workers with Developmental Disabilities

November 14, 2013

On Oct. 1, 2013, New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) issued a draft plan to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services detailing its strategy to shift individuals with developmental disabilities toward competitive employment. The state plans to end new placements of individuals with disabilities in sheltered workshops and to transition all existing sheltered workshop workers under the age of 50 to competitive supported employment. The transition will take place gradually over the course of nine to 11 years. The state also plans to redesign its compensation structure for supported employment services to reflect actual costs and will increase connections between individuals with disabilities and the state’s vocational rehabilitation program, ACCES-VR.

Full text of the draft plan is available at http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Appendix2.pdf