Frequently Asked Questions
Get clarity. Here are the most commonly asked questions about
Hamaspik, waivers, services and more.
OPWDD is the name commonly used to refer to New York State’s Medicaid-funded program that services New Yorkers diagnosed with developmental disabilities. OPWDD provides services through nonprofit agencies, like Hamaspik.
OPWDD provides waiver services to individuals with a variety of conditions, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological impairments. If you’re not sure if you or your loved one is eligible, you can contact Hamaspik at718.387.8400 or email [email protected]
Waiver means that Medicaid waives the income eligibility that’s usually required for coverage. Instead, the individual’s disability determines eligibility for OPWDD. Waiver services include (but are not limited to) community habilitation, respite, reimbursement, and fiscal intermediary.
Waiver services are available to disabled individuals over the age of 3. New York’s Early Intervention (EI) program is available to children ages 0-3.
Yes, all services are covered by Medicaid. If your child does not currently have Medicaid, wemay be able to help you apply!