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Family supports through the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPDD)



Respite services provide the family with a temporary break from the constant care required for a family member with developmental disabilities who lives full time in their family home. Respite services may be provided during the day, after school or work, evening or overnight, in or out of the family home.


Recreation is a planned program of social, recreational and leisure activities for people with developmental disabilities that include opportunities to interact with and participate as part of a community.

Family Reimbursement

Family Reimbursement provides the possibility of purchasing services and goods that are not funded through any other sources as long as prior approval has been obtained and the goods and services have been deemed appropriate to meet the needs of the person being served.


Advocacy may include information and referral services, outreach, parent networking and service access assistance for individuals and their families. It is possible to make connections with diagnostic, residential, habilitative, educational, vocational, medical and recreational services, and to other programs such as Medicaid SSI.

Counseling, Training and Supports

Counseling, training/educational activities and supports may be available for parents, siblings, and care givers, as well as for individuals with developmental disabilities through the local DDSO and/or other locally based programs. These services may be helpful for individuals and families who are looking to gain insight, resolve problems, develop alternate approaches to services and to address other issues of concern.

Find out more at OPWDD web site.