New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in his state-of-the-state address yesterday further budget cuts for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the primary state agency that provides services for people with autism and other developmental disorders.
Data provided by New York State's Open Budget website (https://openbudget.ny.gov/spendingForm.html) shows the Governor requesting $1.948 billion for OPWDD, a $63 million dollar reduction from last year's budget.
The New York State Budget is immensely complicated and we will be doing a more in-depth analysis of what the Governor is proposing, but an initial review indicates the Governor is continuing his decade long reduction in spending on people with developmental disabilities. The proposed budget is only 43% of what was spent in 2009-10 when the OPWDD budget was $4.397 billion.
Please click on the Take Action link above to send a message to the Governor, your State Senator and your Assemblymember asking them to explain the new reduction and the more than 50% reduction since Governor Cuomo took office.
Waiting lists for approval for OPWDD services are measured in years, young adults transitioning out of school frequently wait a year or more for services once the bus stops coming, waiting lists for developmental disabled adults in need of housing in some places is approaching a decade. The over all budget is increasing by 2.7% but services for the developmentally disabled are cut?
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