Centers of Excellence Announced

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

OPWDD and our provider partners have long been working to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities such as autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions. In order to better address the complex needs that many children present, we have worked with several of our partners to initiate a coordinated effort to develop new treatments and strategies that will better support children with complex needs to live in the most integrated settings and identify best practices for intervention and new therapies.

I am excited to announce a new partnership between The Center for Discovery (TCFD), Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), and Upstate Cerebral Palsy (Upstate CP) called the Centers of Excellence, an innovative project which will address the needs of children with autism and other intellectual disabilities and define more effective supports for children and their families. The three separate Centers of Excellence will benefit from the collective intelligence and insights of each member organization and, in turn, work with New York State agencies and other providers.

The Centers of Excellence will develop an interactive database and other tools to improve information gathering and sharing with federal, state, and local agencies in an effort to provide more timely and cost effective approaches to care.

This partnership is made possible through an award of federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) funding administered through OPWDD, in coordination with the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health. The efforts of the Centers of Excellence will be coordinated through the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State.

We look forward to working with the agencies involved in the Centers of Excellence partnership to ensure that more effective and seamless approaches to care are achieved across agencies.

Sincerely,

Kerry A. Delaney

Acting Commissioner

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