Administered through NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD)
Services for People with Mental Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities in New York State
Are there services other than Special Education that my child with special needs may be eligible for? Some children with exceptional needs may be eligible to receive services through the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD).
What is OMRDD? The New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities coordinates and provides services for people with developmental disabilities and their families and conducts research into the causes and prevention of developmental disabilities. (See appendix for OMRDD Mission, Visions, Values and Guiding Principles.) OMRDD provides access to services for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities through a regional system dividing the state into sections that are overseen by Developmental Disabilities Services Offices called DDSOs.
What is a DDSO? There are 13 DDSOs across the State, thereby enabling people to connect with services that are locally provided and/or certified. Contacting the DDSO is a person’s first step toward receiving the services he/she may want and need. Funding options, availability of services, and coordination of services can all be discussed at the DDSO. (See appendix for a Directory of DDSOs.)
What kind of supports and services are available through OMRDD? Some services provided through OMRDD include family support , case management, respite, housing, supported employment, recreation, skills development, training, long term habilitative services, nursing and psychiatric services, respite (short-term caregiver relief).
Who provides these services? Services for eligible persons in NYS are provided through a network of public and nonprofit service providers, all of whom work collaboratively to assure that high quality care is provided.
Parent Tip: Contact your regional office of Parent to Parent of NYS or local DDSO (listed in Appendix) for assistance in locating service providers in your area.
How can I learn more about OMRDD? For more information on OMRDD, visit their website at www.omr.state.ny.us or contact your local DDSO (see Appendix).