Family Support Services (FSS)

Program Goal

To help families care for their loved one with a developmental disability at home for as long as desired.


Families caring at home for family members with developmental disabilities in accordance with the Family Support Services (FSS) eligibility criteria.


The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities' Family Support Services Program funds services through not-for-profit agencies in the community and through the regional Developmental Disabilities Services Offices (DDSO). Services may include: respite (day, evening, overnight); recreation (day, evening, summer/day camp); family reimbursement/cash subsidy; case management/ service coordination; counseling; behavior management; crisis intervention; financial and life planning assistance; information/referral/outreach; training; transportation; special adaptive equipment and environmental modification.

For More Information

To request family support services, families may contact the regional DDSO in their area. For more information, call 1-866-946-9733 for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and Family Support and Aging Services, 44 Holland Ave., Albany, New York 12229. Information is also available at: the OPWDD website:

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Publication 0548
Revised 10/2013