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  • It’s time for a HISTORIC investment in disability funding, so everyone can get the support they need to live in their community – instead of in institutions.

    People with disabilities rely on home and community-based services (HCBS) for everyday things like employment supports, getting around the community, dressing, bathing, taking medication, and much more.

    But there isn’t enough money in the HCBS program to support everyone. Too many people are stuck on waiting lists and not getting the services they need. Direct care workers are underpaid, which leads to high turnover, critical staffing shortages, and compromised care for many people with disabilities. All too often, this means unpaid family caregivers are filling in the gaps of care.

    The good news is that the U.S. House of Representatives has already passed the Build Back Better Act, which included $150 billion is HCBS funding. This critical funding will support millions of people with disabilities access the services needed to live independently. Now it’s time for the Senate to act so this bill can be signed into law!

    Click here to advocate!

    RAISE YOUR VOICE NOW!

    After decades of underfunding, we are SO CLOSE to significant investment in supports and services for New Yorkers with I/DD and the dedicated staff who support them.

    IT’S NOT OVER YET!

    The final budget will be determined in the next few days, and we’re calling on you to take just 30 seconds to send a message to the Governor and your legislators voicing your support for the proposed 11% Cost of Living increase. This investment would finally make meaningful progress toward stabilizing our workforce and sustaining our system of essential supports and services.

    YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

    Tell state leaders it’s time to invest in care, opportunity, and equality for New Yorkers with I/DD NOW!  Click here to take action!

    Yesterday, advocates and members of Congress gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to show their support for disability rights, including a much-needed investment in Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS), which play a vital role in helping people with disabilities to live independently in the community.

    Now, we need you to help us keep the pressure on!

    Click here to take action or text HCBS to 52886.

    Please tell your Senators we need a recovery bill that includes people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce, because NO ONE should be left behind!

    Under the leadership of Governor Kathy Hochul, the Executive Budget included significant investment in the I/DD service delivery system, which speaks to her desire to solve issues facing New Yorkers head-on.

    Following the release of the one-house budget proposes by both the Senate and Assembly, we believe the State Assembly’s proposed 11% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase is the most straightforward and effective way to allocate the significant investment that Governor Hochul proposed in her Executive Budget.

    Urge your legislators to support this proposal as part of the final budget agreement!

    Click here to Advocate!

    Both houses of the State Legislature released their respective budget measures. The one-house measures outline each Chamber’s priorities. The release of the one-house budget bills is the next step before negotiations between the Assembly, Senate and Governor begin.

    The Executive Budget proposal contained a 5.4% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The Senate one-house bill accepted the Executive’s COLA proposal. The Assembly one-house measure increased the COLA to 11%.

    With nearly 2 weeks to go before the final State Budget needs to be in place, it’s time to advocate for this important increase to the COLA.

    Please contact your members in the Assembly and Senate tourge support for the 11% COLA.

    You can do this by sending a pre-set message using the One-Click Advocacy Tool found here bit.ly/11percentCOLA . Simply add your first name, last name, email address, street address and zip code to the section ADD YOUR INFO, then hit SEND MESSAGE.

    Once complete, your voice will be heard in Albany.

    NY Alliance and NYDA also seek the inclusion of a PERSONAL INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR DSPS in the final State Budget. The message to legislators includes this budget request and the provisions are outlined in specific bills, S7643-A/A9200-A.

    Investment in New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) has been woefully neglected for more than a decade!

    After many years of disinvestment, this year’s executive budget proposal signals a new day of partnership in rebuilding supports and services for children and adults with I/DD and their families. Last month, Governor Hochul released her executive budget, which included historic investments for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Direct Support Professionals, including a 5.4% cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA), staff bonuses, and an 11% funding increase for special education.

    However, changes must still be made to certain Mental Health and Education provisions to ensure New Yorkers with I/DD are afforded the best opportunities possible.

    Urge your representatives to include these proposed investments in the final budget with these additional proposals! Click here to advocate!

    Last month Governor Hochul released her Executive Budget, which included historic investments for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Direct Support Professionals, including a 5.4% cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA), staff bonuses, and an 11% COLA for special education.

    Now we must ask legislators to support the Executive Budget proposals to ensure that they are included in the final budget. Although we are in a much better position this year, we still must be diligent and make sure we cross the finish line successfully.

    Click here to TAKE ACTION!

    Join The Resource Center and The Arc of New York to advocate for higher wages for our DSP workforce!

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