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YOUR VOICE MADE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Important News!
Lawmakers passed a $212 billion New York State budget (SFY 2021-22) with crucial disability funding, including:

  • $31.6 million for DSP salaries to reach the minimum wage
  • $26.9 million for the 1 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA).
  • Restoration of $20.8 million for care coordination organization rates.
  • Restoration of $10.5 million for the 1 percent Medicaid rate reduction.
  • Restoration of $6.98 million for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) 1 percent across-the-board rate reductions.
  • Restoration of $12 million for 5-percent aid to localities funding.
  • Protection of 4410 and 853 schools from tuition rate reductions due to enrollment reductions with an adjustment factor as part of the tuition rate reconciliation process.
  • Approval of 1% per year reserve fund for 853 and Special Act Schools, not exceeding 4% total.
  • $740 million in appropriation authority for grants dedicated to enhancing home and community-based supports aligned with the American Rescue Plan.
  • (NEW PART ZZZ S.2509-C) – Restores the human services cost of living adjustment (COLA) and authorize the COLA starting on April 1, 2021 for providers under the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), for State Office for the Aging (SOFA), and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
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