The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from 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 falls short of projections.
Kennedy announces Senate approval of legislation he cosponsored to restore state budget cuts to vital services for people with developmental disabilities. Assembly approved it Monday.
Kennedy: The bill we passed restores critical funding that represents a vital lifeline to the most vulnerable among us. Congratulations to all of the families and advocates, and thank you for your passionate persistence.
Earlier this year, the Governor proposed $120 million in cuts to the OPWDD budget. Although the Senate and Assembly supported a full restoration of this cut, the Governor would not agree. We were however successful in restoring $30 million of the $120 million in proposed cuts.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to ensure individuals with autism are able to receive insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy as intended under New York State’s autism insurance reform law.
The legislation is in response to regulations implemented by the New York State Department of Financial Services which have dramatically limited the number of ABA practitioners where individuals with autism can receive therapy which is covered by insurance.
Today, I had the opportunity to join hundreds of participants and their families at the 2013 Monroe County Special Olympics Track and Field Games at Lebeau Field at Hilton High School. I would like to thank Hilton Central School District for hosting the event. A special thank you to those who have been involved in making this year's Special Olympics such a huge success! Everyone was a winner today!
Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesChair: Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: To look at the implementation and impact of the mental healthrequirements in the NY SAFE ActPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Sarah Bangs (518) 455-2991Media Contact: Jason Elan (845) 623-3627ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
I was pleased to welcome my colleague, Senator David Carlucci, to Syracuse on April 25 to participate in a roundtable with service providers for the developmentally disabled. Senator Carlucci serves as the Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and his staff recently “lit it up blue” to show their support for individuals affected by autism as part of Autism Awareness Month.
Senator Fuschillo and his staff wore blue to work in support of “Light It Up Blue,” a global initiative organized by Autism Speaks to help kick off Autism Awareness Month. Individuals, businesses, communities, and iconic landmarks around the world “go blue” to help raise awareness about autism.
While speaking in support of State Cecilia Tkaczyk's resolution J.968, Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of New York, Senator Hoylman emphasized the importance of early intervention for young people with autism.
The New York State Senate today approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.
(Rotterdam, NY) State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, advocates, parents and service providers today called for additional funds to be included in the State budget to assist New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. Under current budget proposals, significant cuts would be made to these critical services.