For over 50 years Opengate’s mission has been to provide a high quality of life to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our programs have brought individuals out of the darkness of institutionalized care to a place where they may participate fully in the community and be involved in decisions regarding their health, well-being and happiness.
We must not take a step back!
Once again, we are facing proposed funding cuts under a State Plan Amendment and a 1915(c) waiver amendment proposed by DOH and OPWDD for the fiscal year 2021. Its passage will mean a loss of millions designated for the care of I/DD residents in New York.
Scores of legislators and advocates are demanding OPWDD reverse these cuts on the basis that it will financially threaten service providers already managing the repercussions of COVID-19. Furthermore, they point out that agencies are required to follow guidelines set forth by CDC and OPWDD, and are forced to purchase personal protection equipment, medical and sanitizing supplies at a premium price with no reimbursement.
(Scroll to the bottom to read official letters.)
Advocates emphasize the hardships created for essential front line and clinical staff members who care for our vulnerable individuals. Providers offering supplementary compensation to well-deserving staff are especially hard hit during a global pandemic when budgets and donations are already stretched thin.
Opengate is vehemently opposed to OPWDD’s proposed cuts and we need you to be part of the solution. Please take the time to contact your legislators and let them know you stand against funding cuts that will possibly devastate the quality of care for I/DD individuals.
Go to this link and lend your voice in opposition of these measures to cut essential funding: https://www.cpstate.org/advocacy/
Read letters from NY Senator David Carlucci and Assembly Member Aileen Gunther: