WE JUST HEARD THE RUMOR THAT THE LEGISLATURE MAY ONLY PUT $30 MILLION TOWARD OUR CUT – This Means a 4.5% CUT!!!!!!
THEREFORE, YOU MUST CALL ALL LEGISLATORS NOW AND TELL THEM THEY MUST KEEP THEIR PROMISE OF FULL RESORATION FOR DD SERVICES!!!!!!!!!!!
WE HAVE ONLY A FEW MORE HOURS.
CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS RIGHT NOW!!!!!
Even if you already called them this morning, call them again and tell them that they must keep their promise of FULL RESTORATION!!!!
The message is the same - our system cannot bear a cut of any size.
The Legislature MUST FULLY RESTORE OUR CUT.
The news coming out of Albany, directly from the Governor is both appalling and offensive. The proposed 6% permanent cut in Medicaid funding to only Voluntary OPWDD providers will be assuredly crippling. The annual impact of this revenue reduction to DDI will be approximately $3.2 million, and $2.4 million in our current budget year.
The background behind this proposed Medicaid cut relates to the current hearings in the House of Representatives in Washington DC regarding past years’ federal payments to New York State for its Developmental Centers operated by OPWDD, and the recent insistence by CMS (based upon being embarrassed by these hearings) to immediately recoup $1.1 Billion from the State of New York. While the $1.1 Billion was “negotiated down” to $500 million, the Governor in a recent amendment to his original 2013-14 budget plan has determined that $120 million will be paid for by actual Medicaid cuts, with the balance of the $380 million will be paid by reducing additional spending under the State’s Medicaid Cap, thus, not cuts to actual current spending. Here’s the egregious part…all other providers that rely on Medicaid funding will not see their current Medicaid reimbursement affected; not hospitals, nursing homes, OMH providers, OASAS providers, etc. Only voluntary OPWDD providers will see their reimbursement reduced (thus, State Operated OPWDD services will not be affected either).
As if the above is not sufficient to warrant outcry from families and providers, all of the excess Medicaid funding that New York State received for its Developmental Centers over the past 30 years was spent by the State to support OMH, OASAS, and OCFS services, whose providers have been spared in this planned Medicaid cut by the Governor.
To date just four DDI families have signed on to the upcoming Advocacy Day, scheduled for March 1st. We hope that there will now be a resounding response to this planned lobbying effort. We hope that DDI’s family members can make the time to have their voices heard.
DDI held its annual Rockin’ for Autism concert. Nearly 500 Long Islanders packed Mulcahy’s Pub and Music Hall in Wantagh to raise over $30,000 for DDI.
“Despite the economic climate we all face today, it is heartwarming to witness the generosity of the numerous volunteers and the nearly 500 attendees who have lent themselves to help benefit the more than 1,500 adults and children who receive services daily through DDI’s many programs,” said Jim Cronin, Chairman of the event and a member of the DDI Foundation Board. “A special thanks to our Event Music Director, Steve Alliano, and the talented musicians who donated their services and talents to make the day a true success.”
For a $30.00 donation guests enjoyed the sounds of live music with an all-star lineup of legendary Long Island bands including 1 Step Ahead, The Cold Spring Harbor Band paying tribute to Billy Joel, Just Cause and Dr. G’s All Star Veteran Band. Gift baskets, raffles, food and live music were enjoyed by all into the late evening.
“It is truly remarkable to see so many people come together to help those challenged with a disability,” stated John Lessard, Executive Director of DDI. “Each year Jim Cronin dedicates so much of his time to putting together this wonderful event to help support the vital programs that DDI has to benefit Long Islanders with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jim’s dedication to DDI is incredible and admirable.”
All DDI schools (including the Young Autism Program, Starting Early Program and Children’s Day Program), all Adult Day programs, all Opti Healthcare centers and Central Administration at Hollywood Drive will be open as usual on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
DDI extends its thanks to Commissioner Courtney Burke for speaking with parents of children and adults with developmental disabilities this past January 10th. We would also like to thank the many parents who attended this event, and their heartfelt testimony about the lives of their children with disabilities and the need for expanded supports to serve their needs.
We would urge all parents to attend an upcoming Legislative Brunch, being hosted by L.I. CITIZENS TASK FORCE ON AGING OUT on February 8, 2013. As the Commissioner stated at our past event, legislators need to hear from our parents about the need for increased services as they deliberate the upcoming New York State Budget. It is important for our legislators to know that the waiting list for residential housing for our children and adults is growing every day, with little of no budgetary support to create new housing opportunities. Please attend this important event to make your voice heard.”