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Frank Cammarata III, MPA, Executive Director


Erie County's OFFICE FOR THE DISABLED was established and became part of the Charter of the County of Erie (Article 11F, 01-3) in 1983.

The Office was created to ensure that Erie County's citizens with disabilities would have a direct voice in County government; to make available to such citizens an advocate who could work within the county structure to develop and enhance services; and to oversee facilities and programs by the County.

Originally chartered as a separate department under the executive branch of the County government, the Erie County Office for the Disabled (or ECOD) became a part of Erie County's Department of Health in 1993. From 2006-2008, the ECOD operated under the Office of Public Advocacy. As of 2008, the ECOD has been operating under the Erie County Department of Personnel.



The Western New York and Finger Lakes region recently became the first area to launch NY START (Systemic Therapeutic Assessment Resources and Treatment), a pilot program that will provide community-based crisis response and prevention services to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs. The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is excited about the development of the NY START program across the state. The START model, which was first developed in Massachusetts, is being launched across New York in phases with the Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Taconic areas scheduled next for launch in late October 2014. The program's goal is to provide response and prevention services to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs, as well as their families and those who provide support within the community. NY START is not a separate system and does not replace existing services. The NY START program will provide training, consultation, therapeutic services and technical assistance to enhance the ability of the community to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex behavioral health needs, and focuses on establishing integrated services with agency providers. Providing supports that help individuals to remain in their home or community placement is NY START's first...



OPWDD REGION 1 - Western Front Door Contact

OPWDD Region 1 – Western Front Door Contact Effective July 29, 2013 - new telephone number for Front Door referrals: 1-800-487-6310 What is a Front Door Contact and Referral? 1) Individual new to OPWDD services 2) Individual with an approved eligibility determination who has never received OPWDD services or who has not been enrolled in active OPWDD services for an extended period of time 3) OPWDD eligible individual that receives only MSC and / or FSS services All contact and referrals to the Front Door must be made to the new telephone number.

Social Security Income for children with ASDs and/or other disabilities

Social Security Income for children with ASDs and/or other disabilities. Unlike Medicaid Waiver Services, income and resources are factored into eligibility. Before you do all paperwork you should call to see if your family might be eligible 1-800-772-1213 Here is the link and additional information is attached. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/child.htm   

The NYS Parks Access Pass

The NYS Parks Access Pass – allows families to register to receive Free or discounted access to NYS Parks. Please find attached the registration and here is the link to their site: http://www.nysparks.com/admission/access-pass  

Northeast ADA-Americans with Disabilities Question and Answer Booklet

 The Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers booklet  is now available on the ADA Network website (http://adata.org/FAQbooklet).

Intro ADA

ADA Federal Civil Rights Legislation @ http://www.ada.gov/