January 18, 2018


GOVERNOR CUOMO'S 2018-2019 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL HIGHLIGHTS


After a very quick look at the Governor's 2018-2019 New York State Budget proposal that was recently released, we have prepared some highlights of interest.


Click here to see Budget highlights of interest to COPA members..


April 12, 2017


STATE BUDGET UPDATE


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature struck a final deal on the $163.2 billion State Budget on April 7. Click on the link below for a final Budget Summary.


Click here for the final Budget Summary..


Please contact your COPA team for further information or questions.



NYS Senator Robert Ortt, Chair of the NYS Senate’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, addressed more than 100 people from across the state at Lobby Day 2017.

Susan Constantino (left), President & CEO of CP of NYS, and Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, Chair of the Assembly Mental Health Committee discussed the need to increase the wages of direct care professionals at Lobby Day 2017.

COPA  Testimony

2019 - 2020 Executive Budget Health & Medicaid

Testimony 

​​​​Stabilization funding is necessary TO HELP 
these organizations PROVIDE A LIVING WAGE
for their 97,000 Direct Service Providers

& Budget Advocacy


COPA  Testimony

2019 - 2020 Executive Budget Mental Hygiene

Click on a link below to read the full testimony 

Not-for-profit OPWDD-funded provider agencies deliver about 85% of the needed day-to-day services to more than 130,000 people with developmental disabilities in New York State. 100% of the funding to pay Direct Support Individuals salaries come from government. Years of government funding freezes and sparse increases means DSPs no longer earn a living wage. Provider agencies can longer compete with fast food restaurants and big-box stores.



COPA 2016 SESSION WRAP-UP


The 2016 New York State Legislative Session was scheduled to end on June 16th but the Senate and the Assembly worked through Friday night and ended the session in the early morning of June 18th.  The COPA team was very busy advocating for legislation to pass both Houses as well as ensuring that bills opposed by COPA were not able to pass both Houses.


Click here for a brief summary of the bills of most interest to COPA members.

    COPA LOBBY DAYS

2019

January 18, 2017


GOVERNOR CUOMO'S 2017-2018 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL HIGHLIGHTS


After a very quick look at the Governor's 2017-2018 New York State Budget proposal that was released late last night, we have prepared some highlights of interest.


Click here to see Budget highlights of interest to COPA members..


The Budget Documents are all available at DOB's website.

February 2016


COPA BUDGET TESTIMONY


The Joint Legislative Hearing of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committee on the Governor's 2016-2017 Budget proposal was held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.  Acting Commissioner Kerry Delaney presented testimony for OPWDD and answered questions from Senators and Assemblymembers.  Additionally, Commissiooner Ann Sullivan presented for OMH and Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez presented for OASAS.


Below is the link to the testimony that was presented on behalf of the Coalition of Provider Associations (COPA), which is comprised of ALIA,

CP of NYS, DDAWNY, IAC and NYAEMP.


2016 COPA Budget Testimony

LOBBY DAY 2017

Hundreds of families, staff and volunteer Board Members from CP of NYS Affiliates and other non-profit service providers from across the state joined together in Albany on March 1 for Lobby Day.

The day was organized by the Coalition of Provider Agencies (COPA) and NYSARC and brought together organizations that provide support and services to approximately 100,000 New Yorkers with disabilities and their families. Constituents from all over the state met with their elected representatives to call for additional funding to provide programs and services ranging from residential opportunities, day and employment programs, to special education, and a wide range of medical services.

One issue high on the coalition’s list of priorities was a request for the Governor and the NYS Legislature to provide $45 million in new funding in the State’s budget for an increase in pay for direct care professionals and other low-wage workers at non-profit agencies across the state.

The advocates are also calling for an additional $18 million for special education schools to narrow the gap in pay between teachers in schools run by non-profits and their public school colleagues. The group would also like to see a 4% increase in rates paid for Early Intervention services. 

Click here to read the full article.


LOBBY DAY MATERIALS:

Click on links below to view documents.


COPA 2017-2018 Budget Priorities


Funding Needed to Stem the 853 & 4410 Special Education School Fiscal, Recruitment and Retention Crisis


#bFair2DirectCare: Direct Care Staff Shortages Growing Vacancy & Turnover Survey Results


#bFair2DirectCare: Wanted-A Fair Day's Pay for a Fair Day's Work


#bFair2DirectCare: Developmental Disability DSP Stabilization Funding







​                                LOBBY DAY MATERIALS:

                          Click on links below to view documents.


                         COPA 2019-20 Budget Request Paper - OPWDD


                         COPA 2019-20 Budget Request Paper - HEALTH


                         COPA 2019-20 Budget Request Paper - EDUCATION


                         TALKING POINTS


​                                                  For further information contact:

                                          COPA:  info@copanys.org

                                          Barbara Crosier (CP of NYS):  bcrosier@cpofnys.org

                                          Wini Schiff (IAC):  wini@iacny.org

                                          J.R. Drexelius (DDAWNY): jrdrexelius@gmail.com