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Question What is OMRDD’s mission?

Answer The New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD)became an independent agency when legislation reorganizing the Department of Mental Hygiene became effective on April 1, 1978.

The State of New York and its local governments have a responsibility for the comprehensively planned provision of services including care, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation of their citizens with mental retardation and developmental disabilities and for the prevention and early detection of mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

The Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities’ mission is:

To develop a comprehensive, integrated system of services which has as its primary purposes the promotion and attainment of independence, inclusion, individuality and productivity for persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities; and

To serve the full range of needs of persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities by expanding the number and types of community based services and developing new methods of service delivery; and

To improve the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of services for persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities by serving persons in the community as well as those in developmental centers, and by establishing accountability for carrying out the policies of the state with regard to such persons; and

To develop programs to further the prevention and early detection of mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

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The Mission of OMRDD.

URL: http://www.omr.state.ny.us/document/hp_c1_mission.jsp

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