CALL CALL CALL to make sure that our priorities make it to the final budget!

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  We had some wins in the Assembly and Senate one-house budgets and now we need to CALL CALL CALL to make sure that our priorities make it to the final budget!

For OPWDD:

  • Call the Governor at 518-474-1041 and tell him to include both the Senate and Assembly support of #bFair2DirectCare, and restoration of the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) and the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in the final budget!

  • Call your Senator at 518-455-2800 and your Assembly member at 518-455-4100, thank them and ask for their commitment to support #bFair2DirectCare and the restoration of the COLA and CDPAP in the final budget!

For Special Education:

  • Call the Governor at 518-474-1041 and tell him to support both the Senate and Assembly tuition increases for 853 and 4410 schools (at least 4%) and tell him that we desperately need an additional $15M in Excessive Teacher Turnover funding to begin to close the salary gap between our teachers and school district teachers because #OurKidsareYOURKids and they are entitled to FAPE!

  • Call your Senator 518-455-2800 and your Assembly member 518-455-4100 and thank them for their support of our schools.  Ask for their commitment to at least 4% increases in tuition and an additional $15M in Excessive Teacher Turnover funding because #OurKidsareYOURKids and they deserve a quality education too!

For DOH:

  • Call the Governor at 518-474-1041 and tell him to support both the Senate and Assembly restoration of CDPAP funding.  Tell him that our entire EI program needs a 5% increase (across the board, not just on therapies) and tell him to include language to implement a “covered lives” insurance pool in the EI program.

  • Call your Senator at 518-455-2800 and your Assembly member at 518-455-4100 and thank them for their support of the CDPAP program and the Early Intervention program and ask them to support the CDPAP restoration, a 5% increase on all EI services and “covered lives” language for insurance coverage of EI services in the final budget.. If you don’t know who your Senator is click hereIf you don’t know who your Assembly member is click here

Contact us with any questions.

Barbara, JR & Wini

 

Barbara Crosier Vice President, Government Relations Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS 3 Cedar Street Extension, Suite 2 Cohoes, NY 12047 Phone:  (518) 436-0178, Ext. 104 Cell:  (518) 424-3198 Fax:  (518) 436-8619 E-mail:  bcrosier@cpstate.org  

John R Drexelius, Jr. Government Relations Counsel, DDAWNY Law Office of John R. Drexelius, Jr. PO Box 141 Buffalo, NY  14223 (716) 316- 7552 Fax: 716-875-7552 E-mail: jrdrexelius@gmail.com  

Winifred Schiff Associate Executive Director for Legislative Affairs InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. 150 West 30th Street   15th floor New York, NY  10001 Office – 212-645-6360 Cell – 917-750-1497 E-mail: wini@iacny.org  

COPA – Coalition of Provider Associations 3 Cedar Street Extension, Suite 2 Cohoes, NY 12047 (518) 436-0467 info@copanys.org

www.copanys.org
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