New York Consolidated Laws, Mental Hygiene Law - MHY § 13.07 Office for people with developmental disabilities;  scope of responsibilities

(a) The office for people with developmental disabilities shall assure the development of comprehensive plans, programs, and services in the areas of research, prevention, and care, treatment, habilitation, rehabilitation, vocational and other education, and training of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Such plans, programs, and services shall be developed by the cooperation of the office, other offices of the department where appropriate, other state departments and agencies, local governments, community organizations and agencies providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and representatives.  It shall provide appropriate facilities, programs, supports and services and encourage the provision of facilities, programs, supports and services by local government and community organizations and agencies.

(b) It shall advise and assist the governor in developing policies designed to meet the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and encourage their full inclusion and participation in society.

(c) The office shall have the responsibility for seeing that persons with developmental disabilities specified in the foregoing subdivision are provided with services including care and treatment, that such services are of high quality and effectiveness, and that the personal and civil rights of persons receiving such services are protected.  The services provided shall seek to promote and attain independence, inclusion, individuality and productivity for persons with developmental disabilities.

(d) The office shall foster programs for the training and development of persons capable of providing the foregoing services.

(e) Consistent with the requirements of subdivision (b) of section 5.05 of this chapter, the office shall carry out the provisions of article thirty-one of this chapter as such article pertains to regulation and quality control of services for persons with developmental disabilities.

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