Nonprofit agencies in Western New York will receive $6.7 million in new state funding aimed at transforming the system of care for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Leading the pack was People Inc., which received five grants totaling $1.5 million for a series of innovative programs, most of them collaborations with other agencies in the region.
The funding from the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) comes through the New York Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) Transformation Fund. A total of 133 grants adding up to $65 million were awarded to 103 organizations to support strategic investments to transform non-institutional long-term services and supports.
People Inc. was the top-funded agency in the region. The competitive grant program was open to providers, advocates and local governments, with grants ranging from $33,000 to $5.2 million.
People Inc. was funded for five projects designed to remove barriers in the areas of housing, self-directed services and employment. Denise Paszkiewicz, vice president, said the idea was to develop programs over the one-year project period that could solve problems as care moves increasingly into the community versus at agency sites. But they also needed to be scalable for other providers in the state.