The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is a federally-funded New York State Agency working under the direction of the Governor's Office. The DDPC is responsible for developing new ways to improve the delivery of services and supports to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council focuses on community involvement, employment, recreation and housing issues faced by New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) provides legal services, advice and assistance to persons receiving care or alleged to be in need of care at inpatient and community based facilities for individuals with mental disabilities. Created in 1964 and organized under Mental Hygiene Law article 47, the Service represents individuals in judicial and administrative proceedings concerning admission, retention, transfer, treatment and guardianship.
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is responsible for coordinating services for more than 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other disabilities. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 700 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services.
OASAS plans, develops and regulates the state’s system of chemical dependence and gambling treatment agencies. This includes the direct operation of 12 Addiction Treatment Centers, which provide inpatient rehabilitation services to 10,000 persons per year. In addition, the Office licenses, funds, and supervises some 1,300 local, community-based programs, chemical dependence treatment programs, which serve about 110,000 persons.
OCFS is responsible for programs and services involving foster care, adoption and adoption assistance, child protective services including operating the Statewide Central Register for Child Abuse and Maltreatment, preventive services for children and families, services for pregnant adolescents, and protective programs for vulnerable adults. OCFS is also responsible for the functions performed by the State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped and coordinates state government response to the needs of Native Americans on reservations and in communities.
The Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) improves and preserves the integrity of the Medicaid program by conducting and coordinating fraud, waste and abuse control activities for all State agencies responsible for services funded by Medicaid.
The Office of Mental Health operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 2,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs.
Office of P-12 Education: Office of Special Education and the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) The Office of Special Education is responsible for overseeing special education programs and services for New York State students ages 3-21. ACCES-VR offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities throughout their lives.