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State legislators seek to reverse cuts

Budget would have cut funds for care of disabled

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The state Senate and Assembly majorities have agreed to restore $120 million in spending that was slashed from the state budget in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 30-day amendments. “Both majorities have already agreed to restore these cuts,” said Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif. The amended budget would have lowered the reimbursement rate for nonprofit providers that care for people with developmental disabilities. Reif added that it is always a priority to assist the impacted providers of ...

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March 9, 2013
10:15 a.m.

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In what ways are the reinstated funds for developmentally disabled services actually going to benefit the people in whose name they are intended. I know some situations where they have greatly enhanced the lives of recipients. They provide enough supports for them to live productive, individually meaningful lives. These uses are fantastic and enhance society in general.

Unfortunately, I also know these funds end up in agency coffers bloating budgets and staffs to the point that individual recipient needs become secondary, if not tertiary to agency and OPWDD needs.

Today's article omits reports about the Feds dunning NYS to recoup past over reimbursements. If this is a net shortfall, how will this impact reinstated funds.

The rainbow of issues that accompany these funds and services is truly mind boggling. Its like a self sustaining fungus. Its end product devours its initial purpose. Recipients/real people get lost, shunted in inappropriate services, wasting their lives, and our money.

Before just reinstating these funds, time, effort, and yes funds should be expended to determine who is actually benefiting from them.