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Amendment to Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Regulations

September 6, 2011

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The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) recently published proposed rules that could potentially affect two parts of Title 14 (regulations concerning the Department of Mental Hygiene) of the New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR)—if they are ultimately adopted. The details of these proposed rules can be found in the August 17, 2011 New York State Register. Public comments will be received until 45 days after publication, which is October 1, 2011.

Investigation and Review

OPWDD proposes to change 14 NYCRR 624.5(c)(1) for the purpose of reducing “conflicts of interest in the investigation” and reviewing “serious reportable incidents and abuse allegations.”

Training Requirements

OPWDD also proposes changes to 14 NYCRR 633.8(a) and (b) related to training requirements for employees, volunteers, family care providers, and board members in the OPWDD system.

We will continue to monitor the status of these proposed regulations, as well as any changes that may occur if and when the regulations are ultimately adopted.

For more information, please contact:

Amy L. Goerss, Ph.D.
716.848.1451
agoerss@hodgsonruss.com

Ellen V. Weissman
716.848.1278
eweissman@hodgsonruss.com