(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.
Posted by Jim Plastiras on Monday, August 26th, 2013
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.
Posted by Jim Plastiras on Monday, September 30th, 2013
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.
Posted by Jim Plastiras on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
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.
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.