Yesterday, Senate staff told us their one house budget includes a 1% increase for DSPs making under $50,000 effective 1-1-15.
However, the Assembly’s one house position is not clear yet. Weigh in with your Assemblyperson and urge him/her to support a 3% DSP increase. While there are no guarantees, a higher Assembly DSP increase in its one house budget enhances the prospects for a better DSP increase in the final budget.
Statewide Advocacy Groups Call on NYS to Fund New Supports/Services for People with I/DD Living at Home
DELMAR, NY (03/07/2014)(readMedia) — The leaders of the two largest statewide family founded groups supporting people with disabilities are calling on Governor Cuomo to make good on commitments by previous administrations to support people with disabilities and their families. NYSARC and CP of NYS urge the Governor to demonstrate his commitment and support of the thousands of people with developmental disabilities in New York who will be left unable to live fully integrated lives as part of their communities unless the State invests in supports and services so critical to the well-being of its most vulnerable citizens.
“The supports and services for people with developmental disabilities have been cut by almost $400 million over the past four years,” stated Susan Constantino, President & CEO of CP of NYS. “These cuts have come at a time when we are seeking to find new ways to truly integrate people in communities statewide – taking money away from needed supports and services goes against the longer term goals of person-centered planning and community integration. This is why we have asked the legislature to add an additional $11.25 million (state share) in this year’s budget for the development of new supports and services for more than 300 individuals with high priority needs who reside at home with their families.”
The need for this funding has been exacerbated by the Governor’s 2014-15 budget proposal, which cuts out-year projected investments. These proposed reductions come on the heels of the cuts over the past four years, and lowers the State’s investment in supports and services for people with developmental disabilities for years to come. These cuts have taken their toll on individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Any more cuts and/or slashing of the State’s future investments will imperil New York’s ability to keep its promise to provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to live full, active lives in their communities.
“Our request for additional funding is both reasonable and responsible striking a balance between the State’s priority to be fiscally prudent and our mutual obligation to serve families who are becoming more desperate,” said NYSARC Executive Director Marc Brandt. ”Without essential supports, both in and out of home, families and their loved ones are finding the promise of being included in society to the fullest extent possible beyond their grasp. That promise was enunciated in the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision and embraced by this Administration.”
While some reports contend that New York State ranks first in Medicaid spending for people with disabilities, the fact is the State’s not-for-profit providers of supports and services have been doing more with much less for years. Prior to these cuts, and when compared nationally, New York State spending on not-for- profit supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities ranks 36th among all states (2010 University of Minnesota study).
“Not-for-profits have been working hard to make ours a highly efficient system of care and the numbers show it,” said Mr. Brandt. “But too many families are at or beyond the breaking point.”
The need for services, such as meaningful day activities, at home support, out of home residential and other services, far surpasses any funding amounts that have been suggested, particularly for those who can no longer live safely with their families. According to The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), as of April 2013, over 12,000 people statewide were waiting for residential services and approximately 4,200 of those people stated that the need was immediate. Additionally, more than 14,000 people were waiting for a day service. ”Our request for funds would go a small way toward helping provide these acutely needed services, and the demand for services will continue to grow as nearly 3,000 individuals with severe cognitive disabilities will be aging out of New York’s educational system as of June 2014,” said Ms. Constantino.
NYSARC, Inc. is the largest not-for-profit organization in New York State and the United States supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.
CP of NYS is a statewide organization with Affiliates across the state employing 18,000 individuals supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families.
DATE and TIME:
Monday, March 31, 2013, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts,
3 Spruce Street (William Street),
in Lower Manhattan, New York City
The Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film: International Film Festival & Discussion Panel is the second annual film festival at Pace University in New York City, depicting individuals with disabilities in the media. The festival focuses on individuals with disabilities expressing dreams and hopes to be contributing members of society like other individuals without disabilities. The festival highlights largely short documentary and narrative films from leading domestic and international film festivals, respecting the autonomy and the empowerment of people with disabilities. The festival includes a distinguished panel of expert practitioners on the advocacy of disability rights in society, who will be discussing the challenges and the opportunities highlighted in each of the films, and the festival invites engagement of guests interacting with members of the panel. The program will be beneficial to community advocates, to faculty, staff and students of Pace University and to those of other universities in the city, and to members of the public, who are interested in learning about the growing movement for disability rights, in an especially positive and powerful setting.
The Film Festival & Discussion Panel is sponsored through the Dean of Students and the outreach programs of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems of Pace University, in partnership with AHRC New York City, an organization for helping individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
The Festival is free and open to the public.
RSPV to Darinka Vlahek at 212 513-7489 or email at Darinka.Vlahek@ahrcnyc.org.
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A SPECIAL WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY IN MANHATTAN !
THE FRONT DOOR
There have been a lot of changes in the field of developmental disabilities in New York. It is very important for families to become familiar with these changes. This workshop on the Front Door will introduce you to OPWDD’s new process that must be followed in order to obtain necessary services and supports. This session will meet OPWDD eligibility requirements for the Front Door Information session’s two hour requirement.
TIME and DATE:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 6pm-8pm
AHRC New York City ’s headquarters
83 Maiden Lane, Penthouse floor
New York, NY 10038
Kathleen Kingston, OPWDD Community Services Region 4
2 or 3 Train to Wall Street; J,Z, 4 or 5 to Fulton; A or C to Broadway/Nassau
To register online can do so by CLICK HERE.
Those wishing to register can also call:
Jennifer Amendola (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 212-895-3446
Donna Gifford (email@example.com) at 212-780-2713
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
at the Grand Hyatt New York
It is a Night to Celebrate Our Families
& the Individuals We Support!
Honorees to be Announced
We want to encourage families of the people we serve to attend.
Tickets cost $150.00 each. If you sell or purchase 2 books of raffles, or $150.00
in journal ads, we will thank you by sending you one ticket to the dinner.
Please support us by selling raffles, soliciting journal ads and buying tickets.
For more information please contact Donna Gifford at 212-780-2713
A formal invitation will be sent at a later date.
Monday, March 10, 2014
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
AHRC New York City’s Sibling Committee
Adult sisters or brothers, friends, parents of individuals with
intellectual and developmental disabilities, join us at this special event.
For 6 years we have gathered in March to celebrate sisters and brothers
and their important role in the lives of their siblings with disabilities.
Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Raffles, Silent Auction, and Networking at
India House (formerly Bayard’s)
One Hanover Square, New York NY 10014
Tickets are $50.00 per person
To purchase tickets visit http://www.ahrcnyc.org/events/events.htm
For more information, call Annette Spallino at 212-780-2592
8-color Lithograph with embossing
38 ¾ x 27 inches
Edition of 35
Signed and numbered lower right
White Stoops, 1952
Silver Gelatin photograph
11 X 14 inches
Estate stamped and signed
Original Color Lithograph
29 13/16 x 19 15/16 inches
Monies raised in past years have been used to sponsor weekend getaways in the country for young sisters and brothers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. The weekends have been a huge success and we hope to be able to sponsor more such weekends.
(if you wish to pay at the door, please still register).
Payment details are on the attached Invitation.
Call Annette Spallino at 212-780-2592 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.