The Arc Westchester links transition aged families and high school professionals to resources based on need and where they are in the transition planning process.

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Apply for OPWDD Eligibility Determination:

People who have developmental disabilities can apply for supports and services from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The application and review process for OPWDD services is called the Eligibility Determination Process. Only OPWDD decides whether a person meets all the conditions of eligibility for OPWDD–funded services. The eligibility review process is the way OPWDD determines if you have a developmental disability and are eligible for OPWDD supports and services.

OPWDD’s Guide to Eligibility Assessment Resources

The Front Door:

The Front Door is how you access Medicaid-Waiver services. Helping you opening the door to a richer, fuller life is the goal of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The Front Door offers a person-centered approach to planning supports for people with developmental disabilities.

The Front Door process will guide you through the steps involved in finding out if you are eligible for services offered by OPWDD, identify your service needs, and help you work on a plan for getting those services. The goal of the Front Door process is to provide supports and services that help individuals and family members in ways that are respectful of their abilities, language and cultural values and traditions.

Person Centered Planning, Services & Supports:

Care Coordination Organizations

Health Home Care Management services provided by Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) provide coordination of health care, behavioral health and developmental disability services to New Yorkers who qualify for OPWDD services.

CCO’s Serving Westchester County:

  1. Advanced Care Alliance (ACA/NY)
  2. Care Design New York (CDNY)
  3. LIFEPlan CCO NY
  4. Tri-County Care



Through OPWDD, you can access supports and services that can help your family to support you to live in your family home; assistance for you to live on your own in the community of your choice; help if you want to work, take part in volunteer opportunities or other types of community involvement; and assistance accessing services you need to live your life, including connecting you to clinical or therapeutic supports.

Supported Decision-Making and Guardianship:

A tool that allows people with disabilities to retain their decision-making capacity by choosing supporters to help them make choices. A person using SDM selects trusted advisors, such as friends, family members, or professionals, to serve as supporters.

ACCES-VR Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS):

ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) is part of the NY State Education Department.


student’s 16-21 years old may qualify for ACCES-VR Pre- Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). These services may include Work-Based Learning Experience, Job Exploration, Assessments, and Counseling. Review the resources below for more information.

Pre-Employment Planning and Resources:

Adult Career & Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) Services:

New York State Education Department’s Adult Career & Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

Postsecondary, College Based Learning and Transition Programs:

Supplemental Security Income (SSI):

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) & Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) information from U.S. Social Security Administration.

Applying for SSI Child Disability Starter Kit (under 18)

To learn more information about future Transition programming and services, please contact our Transition to Adulthood team CLICK HERE →

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