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  • Governor Hochul will release her SFY 2023-24 Executive Budget next Wednesday, February 1st.  NYAPRS is one of 12 statewide advocacy organizations who are working collaboratively to educate the Hochul Administration and Legislature on the need for an 8.5% COLA and $500 million rate adjustment for hard pressed community based mental health and addiction recovery focused services across New York State.

    We are calling on all of you to use the link below today, Friday, January 27th to urge the Governor to include these recommendation in her proposed budget.

    We hope you will take a moment out of your busy schedule for this last minute push! Please feel free to forward to your staff, friends and community members.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts!

    Take ACTION!

    For decades, New York state has not made adequate investments to sustain the essential programs and services people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) rely on. This systemic underfunding has driven us into a critical staffing crisis and eroded New York’s system of supports for its citizens with I/DD. The data speaks for itself:

    Now we must inform Governor Hochul how she can help address these issues in her 2023-24 Executive Budget. Our goals are twofold:

    Take Action Now!

    The current Congress is in its final days before new members are sworn in on January 3 and the balance of power in Washington quickly starts to shift.

    The tight timeframe means there is an opportunity, as lawmakers will be laser-focused on passing a spending bill to keep the government funded. This spending bill could also include additional priorities focused on health and disability policies.

    ANCOR is advocating for several of its policy priorities to be included in any year-end legislation that passes Congress. Such policy priorities, if included in the legislation, have the potential to strengthen home- and community-based services, create economic opportunities, and prohibit practices that endanger the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

    ANCOR supports the following policies:

    Congress should permanently reauthorize the Money Follows the Person program, which would support people to transition out of institutional settings and into home- and community-based settings.

    Congress should expand eligibility for tax-favored ABLE (a Better Life Experience) Accounts, which allow people with disabilities to save for and pay for disability-related expenses, by raising the maximum qualifying age from 26 to 46.

    Congress should raise the asset limit in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program so that people are not forced to choose between poverty or receiving benefits.

    Congress should end the use of electric shock devices on people with disabilities, a practice still in place at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts.

    Please contact your members of Congress today and tell them to support these policies!

    Take Action!

    Medicaid and human-service providers face an auditing system that is unclear, pedantic, and unjustly punitive.An auditing system designed to ferret out fraud and waste is being used to penalize clerical errors and minor oversights. These do not violate the fiscal integrity of the Medicaid program or diminish the quality of care, yet they often result in disproportionate penalties to service providers.

    In short, current auditing practices are unfair to providers and have led some to reduce or discontinue services. This is not what our fragile healthcare system needs right now.

    Please urge Governor Hochul to provide protections from these predatory auditing practices.

    Take Action!

    The current Congress is in its final days before new members are sworn in on January 3 and the balance of power in Washington quickly starts to shift.

    The tight timeframe means there is an opportunity, as lawmakers will be laser-focused on passing a spending bill to keep the government funded. This spending bill could also include additional priorities focused on health and disability policies.

    ANCOR is advocating for several of its policy priorities to be included in any year-end legislation that passes Congress. Such policy priorities, if included in the legislation, have the potential to strengthen home- and community-based services, create economic opportunities, and prohibit practices that endanger the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

    ANCOR supports the following policies:

    Congress should permanently reauthorize the Money Follows the Person program, which would support people to transition out of institutional settings and into home- and community-based settings.

    Congress should expand eligibility for tax-favored ABLE (a Better Life Experience) Accounts, which allow people with disabilities to save for and pay for disability-related expenses, by raising the maximum qualifying age from 26 to 46.

    Congress should raise the asset limit in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program so that people are not forced to choose between poverty or receiving benefits.

    Congress should end the use of electric shock devices on people with disabilities, a practice still in place at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts.

    Please contact your members of Congress today and tell them to support these policies!

    Take Action!

    Right now, Congress is negotiating its “end-of-year package,” a bill that includes money to fund the government and that has the power to uplift the health, inclusion, and civil rights of people with disabilities.

    All year long, advocates from The Arc have been fighting for critical programs and life-sustaining priorities for people with disabilities. Don’t let people with disabilities get left behind!

    Decisions are being made NOW, and the last votes of the year will happen in the next few weeks!

    Take Action Now!

    Join us in urging the Governor to invest in disability services!

    To tackle the workforce crisis, we’re asking the Governor to include in her proposed budget: 

    A Direct Support Wage Enhancement of $4,000 per eligible employee

    Under the DSWE, provider agencies will receive $4,000 per eligible employee to be used for the purpose of enhancing the hourly rate of pay for all staff that have direct care/support responsibilities for individuals with I/DD.

    An 8.5% Cost-of-Living Adjustment

    Due to significant inflation and supply chain disruptions have resulted in significant financial pressure on agencies, necessitating an 8.5% COLA to be included in the 2024 NYS Budget to ensure the long-term sustainability of non-profit disability service providers.

    Be a champion for New Yorkers with disabilities and the people who care for them!

    Take Action Now!

    For decades, New York state has not made adequate investments to sustain the essential programs and services people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) rely on. This systemic underfunding has driven us into a critical staffing crisis and eroded New York’s system of supports for its citizens with I/DD. The data speaks for itself:

    Now we must inform Governor Hochul how she can help address these issues in her 2023-24 Executive Budget. Our goals are twofold:

    Click here to make your voice heard!

    The Ask

    Use our advocacy tool to tell your members of Congress that direct support professionals need a standard occupational classification!

    The Details

    People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) leverage the services of direct support professionals (DSPs) in order to live and work in their homes and communities. However, low wages due to stagnant reimbursement rates have led to high turnover and vacancy rates in the DSP workforce. The loss of DSPs across the field has left many people without stable access to home- and community-based supports.

    Because we need data to understand the scope of the workforce crisis before we can fully solve the problem, the creation of a standard occupational classification (SOC) for DSPs is essential to ensuring people with I/DD have access to critical supports and services. A unique SOC for DSPs would help states and the federal government collect data on demographics and turnover rates. This, in turn, will help inform policies to address the workforce shortage. A DSP SOC will also help states more accurately set rates, which could positively impact DSP wages.

    Tell your members of Congress today to support the bipartisan “Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act” (H.R. 4779 / S. 1437), which requires the Office of Management and Budget to establish a separate category within the Standard Occupational Classification system for DSPs.

    Click the megaphone below to take action!

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