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OPWDD Application Process


Many families have requested information on extra support services for their children after-school and at home.


Below is a guide that explains the entire OPWDD process by Advocates for Children (AFC) . AFC's Parent Center is at the core of the organization — dedicated to supporting parents as they fight for a quality education for their children. Through our Parent Center, we provide training, information, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, ages 0-26, and the professionals who work with them. 



The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating various home and community based services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, supports and services, which include Medicaid funded long-term care services such as habilitation and clinical services, as well as residential supports and services for over across the state.

In addition to these Medicaid services, OPWDD also provides New York State-funded family support services, which are designed to assist families in providing care for their loved ones who live full-time in their family home, and employment supports, which include ongoing job coaching, job matching, and vocational training.

Step 1: The "Front Door" session starts the process. It is virtual and once completed the family will receive a certificate.

Step 2: Referral to the agency you choose.

Step 3: Gather and send the necessary documentation to the care manager.

Step 4: Once the care management agency receives the documentation packet, it is submitted for eligibility review and a determination is made.



What documents are needed:

  1. Front Door session completed (Certificate)

  2. Application to 1 of the 3 care Management agencies 

  3. Updated doctor/physicist  ( dated within 1 year)

  4. Psychological assessment ( dated within 3 years)

  5. Psychosocial assessment (dated within 1 year)

  6. Copy of Medicaid card  ( if the child has)  and the SS card

  7. School IEP


1st Step Front Door


If you have not yet attended the OPWDD front door session, please do so as soon as possible, as services WILL BE DELAYED until after attending a session. Use this link:


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