The Department of Community Mental Health is the central point of intake for residential and community-based services in the county. The Developmental Disabilities registry is a computerized, confidential system. It was established to identify and prioritize the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in the county.

By providing an up-to-date listing, the registry helps to allocate resources and plan for additional or improved services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families now and in the future. Registration also enables the person with developmental disabilities to be considered for residential placement, day programs and support services. 

Application process
The process to apply for services begins with the completion of a one-page Registration Form and a Consent to Release Confidential Information. Download the registration packet in English and Spanish. A copy of the registration packet can also be obtained by calling (914) 995-5253. The registration process is a crucial step towards county, state and voluntary agencies anticipating needed services in the future.

Registration can be done at any time prior to requesting services. It is recommended that you or your child with a developmental disability register as early as possible even if you are not currently seeking services. If you want to register and apply for services, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will require that a person has an intellectual or developmental disability, can provide documentation that indicates the disability and meets OPWDD’s eligibility criteria.

Complete the registration and consent forms and send to the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health.  If you want to register and apply for services, you will need to complete the registration process to meet the OPWDD eligibility criteria.

Required documents
In addition to the registration forms, the following documents are required:

  • A full scale psychological evaluation, completed within the last three years, establishing IQ
  • An adaptive behavior scale such as the Vineland II or the ABAS II
  • A psychosocial report, social history or other background report that indicates that the disability occurred before the age of 22
  • A physical evaluation completed within the last year, including diagnosis
  • Any specialty reports relevant to the individual (neurological, psychiatric)
  • Treatment summaries or reports from any previous or current psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Any previous evaluations referenced in the above documentation such as a previous psychological evaluation
  • Current IEP or pre-school evaluations

Eligibility requirements
Eligibility to apply for services is determined by OPWDD after review of all the information provided and confirmation that the person has a disability that:

  • Started before the age of 22
  • Is attributable to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neurological impairment or autism
  • Is expected to continue indefinitely
  • Constitutes a substantial handicap to their ability to function normally in society

For further information please call (914) 995-5253.