Developmental Disabilities State Operations Offices (DDSOOs) administer and oversee state operations for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), including the direct delivery of services and supports to people with developmental disabilities by state staff. By focusing on local supports and services, statewide quality and consistency, and enhanced networking to promote best practices, DDSOOs are able to provide a consistent approach and culture, so that individuals and their families can expect continuous quality improvement in all services delivered directly by OPWDD across the state.
DDSOOs are responsible for the following activities:
Eligibility for services is determined by the Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDROs). Please contact the Eligibility Coordinator of the Regional Office representing the county in which the individual/family lives.
Lastly, DDSOOs act in a supporting role to DD Regional Offices in the areas of service development, local management of individual and community supports and crisis intervention.
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Lori Saltsman, Acting Director
Sherilyn Coleman-Ferrer, Deputy Director (Finger Lakes)
Catherine Johnson, Deputy Director (Western NY)
Lori Saltsman, Deputy Director (Finger Lakes Campus)
585-461-8500, Main Line
716-517-2000, Main Line
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
Lynette O'Brien, Acting Director
Garry Naylor, Deputy Director (Broome)
Jim Skrzeczkowski (Broome Campus), Deputy Director (Broome Campus)
Lynette O’Brien (Central New York), Deputy Director (Central New York)
315-473-2949, Main Line
607-770-0211, Main Line
Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins
Laura LaValley, Director
Cris Christodulu, Deputy Director (Capital District)
Stephanie Dunham, Deputy Director (Sunmount)
518-370-7331, Main Line
518-359-3311, Main Line
Albany, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington
Shari Bakst, Director
Yvonne Lenzen-Roth, Deputy Director (Hudson Valley)
845-877-6821 x3776, Main Line
845-947-6100, Main Line
Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
Sheryl Minter-Brooks, Director (Metro & Staten Island)
Joyce White, Deputy Director (Metro NY)
Luther Summers Hamilton, Deputy Director (Brooklyn)
Jeanne O'Shea, Deputy Director (Brooklyn)
718-642-6000, Main Line
646-766-3471, Main Line
718-430-0885, Main Line
718-983-5321, Main Line
Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond
Jan Williamson, Director
Herminia Torres, Deputy Director (Fineson Campus)
Debbie Sorge, Deputy Director
718-217-5890, Main Line
631-493-1701, Main Line
Nassau, Queens, Suffolk
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Suicide Crisis Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255) Toll Free
Child Abuse & Maltreatment Hotline
1-800-342-3720, Toll Free
1-800-342-3720, NY Relay
Vulnerable Persons Central Register (VPCR) Hotline
1-855-373-2122 Toll Free
Disability Rights NY Hotlines & Resources
(800) 993-8982 Toll Free
(518) 512-3448 TTY
1-800-342-9871 Toll Free
NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
866-871-3000 Toll Free
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Information regarding the discrimination against people with physical/mental disabilities, as well as information on protective services.
Planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of activities designed to achieve specific learning objectives and help resolve problems.