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The critical needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional (DSP) workforce must be included in the next coronavirus relief bill.
Therapeutic Leave Rate Cut
Administrative cuts handed down from New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) could jeopardize the residential stability of our friends and loved ones. The most egregious cut, planned to go into effect on October 1, 2020, would reduce payments to voluntary providers by 50% whenever individuals with I/DD leave to spend time with family or are admitted to the hospital for care. This is completely unconscionable.
IRA/ICF Occupancy and Vacancy Rate Cuts
On May 27, 2020, the Department of Health announced proposed cuts in reimbursement for residential programs by eliminating the occupancy adjustment resulting from vacancies and slashing reimbursement by 50% for retainer days when residents are in the hospital or are taking therapeutic leave days for family visits. Ostensibly, this is being done to save taxpayers from paying for “empty beds,” which implies services aren’t delivered. But you know these are not empty beds, they are the homes that our loved ones return to, and you know that service doesn’t stop simply because they’re not in their bed.
The Arc New York Advocacy Goals
The Arc of New York advocates at the state and federal level for public policy that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We also advocate on various issues including increasing salaries for direct support professionals, protecting Medicaid, and increasing residential development. The Arc New York 2020 Advocacy Priorities provide an overview of our current legislative advocacy platform, details on the key issues, and the policy changes we are advocating for.
The Arc of New York's Position Statements express our foundational beliefs regarding the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to a rich, full and equitable life, and our positions on the policies and approaches necessary to achieve that goal.
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- The Arc New York Information, Impact and Advocacy Priorities Summary
- The Arc New York Full 2020 Advocacy Priorities
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The Arc New York is an active member of New York Disability Advocates (NYDA), a statewide coalition of seven non-profit provider agencies encompassing more than 300 non-profit organizations providing vital services and support to more than 140,000 New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to Advocacy efforts conducted by The Arc New York, we collaborate with NYDA member agencies to carry a consistent statewide message to state leaders.