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The Time is NOW

The Time is Now

Thank you to Senator David Carlucci and the legislators working to protect vulnerable individuals in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Community. Funding cuts are devastating many people supported as well as the essential workers they rely on. Further cuts will cause even further damage.

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats
its most vulnerable members.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Senator Carlucci’s statement issued September 30, 2020:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 30, 2020
Contact:  Mary Mueller 914-980-1267; Mary.F.Mueller@gmail.com

**STATEMENT**

NYS Senator David Carlucci on Group Home Funding Cuts 

Senator David Carlucci, Chair of the NYS Senate Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Committee, said, “We need to be proactive, not reactive. If we do not fund nonprofit providers who offer our most vulnerable preventive services, then the future price tag will be far greater on taxpayers. On October 1st, OPWDD is set to slash their reimbursement payments to group homes when individuals go to the hospital, receive therapy or visit their family. The $4 billion in federal funding the State is holding on to could help lessen the blow of these harmful cuts and support our frontline heroes who care for our most vulnerable.”

Video from Virtual Press Conference on 9/29 where State lawmakers call on Governor Cuomo to release the remaining $4 billion from the Corona Virus Relief Fund (CRF), which New York received: (Senator David Carlucci Speaking) –  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q_GeXgB5CCA_J-dI0MJG8x75s7fH8sX7/view?usp=sharing

Link to Full Press Conference

Please contact the Governor by telephone to let him know you oppose the withholds because of the devastating impact this action will have on the lives of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

PLEASE MAKE PHONE CALLS!!!
To contact the Governor’s Office,
call (518) 474-1041 and leave this message:

“Governor Cuomo – Please release the remaining $4 billion from the Corona Virus Relief Fund (CRF), which New York received. If the funds are not provided, it will potentially hurt people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by putting certain necessary services in jeopardy. Please release the $4 billion from the CRF immediately.
Thank you, Governor.”

Thank you.
Omayra Andino, CEO