Issues: Developmental Disabilities

SENATOR GALLIVAN PUSHING LEGISLATION TO KEEP WNY CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC CENTER IN WEST SENECA OPEN

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) sponsored legislation today to freeze New York State’s plan to close psychiatric health centers across the state, including the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in the Town of West Seneca.

Gallivan is the third senator to sponsor the “Freeze Unsafe Closures Now Act” (S.5986), which places a moratorium on closing the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and all targeted facilities until April 1, 2015, providing lawmakers, the executive and mental health experts time to devise a plan that is more responsive to the needs and challenges of Western New York’s mentally ill.

November 20, 2013
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Family Advocates of Heritage Christian Services Legislative Breakfast

I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and families and advocates of people with developmental disabilities at the annual Family Advocates Legislative Breakfast. We heard from many parents and caretakers of people with disabilities about the battle they fight every day to provide care to their loved ones. I know I will certainly continue to fight for people with developmental disabilities in Albany. 

November 15, 2013
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Public Hearing: To investigate the impact of the Office of Mental Health’s Regional Centers of Excellence on community based services, access to in-patient care, and the effect on local communities, consumers and family members

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesChair: Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: To investigate the impact of the Office of Mental Health’s RegionalCenters of Excellence on community based services, access to in-patientcare, and the effect on local communities, consumers and familymembersPlace: Chemung County Legislative Chambers, John H. Hazlett Building,5th Floor, 203 Lake Street, Elmira, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Sarah Bangs (518) 455-2991Media Contact: Michael Grubiak (845) 623-3627ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 28, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Lawmakers want changes to Early Intervention payment system

09 October 2013, 10:49 am by Jon Campbell

A change in the payment system for Early Intervention programs has drawn ire from state lawmakers, who say it has led to lengthy delays in getting payments to providers.

October 11, 2013
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Strong push restores $90M in OPWDD funding

By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media | 0 comments

ALBANY — A strong push by New York State lawmakers in the past several months has restored $90 million in proposed spending cuts for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities included in the state’s final 2013-2014 budget.

October 11, 2013
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Tkaczyk measure would save critical programs for infants with disabilities

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblymember Pat Fahy joined colleagues, families and advocates to announce legislation to help ensure that thousands of infants and toddlers with disabilities receive the early intervention services they need to live normal, fulfilling lives.

As a result of legislative changes and bureaucratic snafus, many early intervention specialists -- who provide speech, physical and educational therapies to more than 70,000 young children -- have not been paid since April 1. Many are either closing their doors or are declining to take new children into the program. 

October 8, 2013
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Eagle Scout helps Camp Rainbow

Eagle Scout Matt Prawel of Medina recently completed a renovation project at Camp Rainbow, which is operated by the Arc of Orleans County.  In addition to refurbishing picnic tables and other amenities, Matt helped create this new roadside sign.  Great job Matt!

October 8, 2013
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SENATE MEASURE TO RESTORE FUNDING CUTS TO OPWDD BECOMES OFFICIAL

Earlier this year. Senator Jack M. Martins stood with his Senate colleagues to block $120 million in cuts to programs that serve developmentally disabled New Yorkers. While our efforts during the 2013-1014 budget negotiations restored some of the funding, programs throughout our state were still in danger due to a $90 million budget shortfall --- threatening to diminish access to important services for thousands of developmentally disabled citizens across the state.

Few issues this year have generated more input from concerned constituents. That's why Senator Martins is pleased to announce that support for these vital programs will now be protected under legislation that Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law.

September 30, 2013
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Tkaczyk Measure to Restore Funding for OPWDD Signed by Governor

A measure co-sponsored by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to restore funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)  has been signed by Governor Cuomo.

Senator Tkaczyk, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, was a vocal opponent of the cuts first proposed in the Executive Budget, saying:

 “The budget cuts would have devastated the services that our most vulnerable residents and their families rely on.  I am proud to have fought for full restoration throughout the budget process, and am thrilled these cuts have finally been restored,” she said.

September 30, 2013
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New law restores funding cuts to the disabled community

Earlier this year, I stood with my Senate colleagues to block $120 million in cuts to programs that serve developmentally disabled New Yorkers.  While our efforts during the 2013-1014 budget negotiations restored some of the funding, programs throughout our state were still in danger due to a $90 million budget shortfall --- threatening to diminish access to important services for thousands of developmentally disabled citizens across the state.

Few issues this year have generated more input from concerned constituents. That's why I am pleased to announce that support for these vital programs will now be protected under legislation that Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law.

September 30, 2013
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Swift Fix To EI Program Billing Needed

ONEONTA, 09/24/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for a swift solution to a billing situation that has placed Early Intervention Program services for hundreds of special needs children at risk.

“Worried parents and dedicated providers alike have contacted me in regard to the newly created complexities in the Early Intervention (EI) Program payment system,” said Senator Seward.  “Providers are not being paid, and, more significantly, children in need of vital services are going without the care they desperately need.   Swift action must be taken to correct this detrimental situation.”

September 24, 2013
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NEW HOTLINE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW YORK'S HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE

The New York State Department of Health has opened a hotline to help customers sign up for New York's healthcare exchange.  The enrollment period runs from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.  You can reach the "NY State of Health" program at 1-855-355-5777.  The line will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.  For additional information, please visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

September 19, 2013
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Arc of Monroe Enrichment Campus Ribbon Cutting

The Arc of Monroe County celebrated the grand opening of the James V.C. and Anita Lambert Enrichment Campus this morning. The new 24,000+ square foot facility is located at 2657 West Henrietta Road and was designed around the needs of the program's current and future participants. This project wouldn't have been possible without the gracious lead donation from Anita Lambert and all of the other generous donors.

The Arc of Monroe has provided services for with developmental disabilities for more than 50 years. We are so fortunate to have an organization like the Arc in our community.

September 17, 2013
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Public Hearing: Regional Centers of Excellence

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesChair: Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: Regional Centers of ExcellencePlace: Middletown City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 16 James Street, Middletown, New YorkTime: 2:00 P.M.Contact: Sarah Bangs (518) 455-2991Media Contact: Jason Elan (845) 623-3627

September 19, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Regional Centers of Excellence

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Chair: Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: Regional Centers of ExcellencePlace: Farmingdale State College, Little Theatre, Roosevelt Hall,2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735-1006Time: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Sarah Bangs (518) 455-2991Media Contact: Jason Elan (845) 623-3627

September 9, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Regional Centers of Excellence

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Chair: Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: Regional Centers of ExcellencePlace: Ogdensburg City Hall, City Council Chambers, 330 Ford Street,Ogdensburg, New York 13669-1626Time: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Sarah Bangs (518) 455-2991Media Contact: Jason Elan (845) 623-3627

September 17, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Tkaczyk visits Liberty Enterprise, touts mental health bill

By ALISSA SCOTT

Recorder News Staff

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-46th) visited Liberty Enterprise's day support building, the Montgomery County chapter of New York State ARC, Thursday afternoon to tour the building and meet staff members. Liberty is the largest facility in the county that serves people who have developmental disabilities.

Community mental health needs are at a historic high, though funding has been funneled into the General Fund for ten of the last 20 years. Having recognized a need to address the lack of funds, Tkaczyk, who is on the Mental Health Committee, jointly introduced legislation with chair of the Mental Health Committee Assemblyman Aileen Gunther to do just that.

August 26, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fights to restore OPWDD funding, continues to work with advocates to address future needs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – At the end of this year's legislative session, Senator Ted O’Brien worked to restore $90 million in funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Today, Senator O'Brien joined local experts and advocates to discuss the importance of supporting quality services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

July 2, 2013
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Opening Of The Justice Center For The Protection Of People With Special Needs

New State Agency Will Implement the Toughest Standards and Practices in the Nation to Protect Over 1 Million New Yorkers with Special Needs and DisabilitiesGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, a new state agency that will implement the toughest standards and practices in the nation to protect the special needs community from abuse and neglect. The Justice Center was created through legislation the Governor spearheaded last year to reform how the state cares for people with special needs. The agency will begin operations tomorrow, Sunday, June 30th.

July 1, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill to Protect OPWDD from Funding Cuts

ALBANY - The New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that would protect providers of services for people with disabilities from devastating state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures fall short of projections.

“This victory was hard fought, but well worth the battle. We must stand up for the state’s most vulnerable citizens. The Senate was able to restore some of the cuts in the state budget, and remained persistent until these vital organizations could remain fully-funded. Agencies will not be forced to cut or reduce programs that are crucial to people with disabilities,” said Senator Young.

June 20, 2013
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