Jan 16, 2024 | Blog, Grants and Funding, Legislative Issues

For decades, New York state has not made adequate investments to sustain the essential programs and services people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) rely on. This systemic underfunding has driven us into a critical staffing crisis and eroded New York’s system of supports for its citizens with I/DD. The data speaks for itself:

  1. Average statewide staff turnover rate is 31%
  2. Turnover costs for non-profit providers have risen to more than $100 million annually
  3. Nearly 20,000 critical Direct Support positions are vacant statewide
  4. A 17% staff vacancy rate means New Yorkers with disabilities are missing out on needed care and support

Now we must inform Governor Hochul how she can help address these issues in her 2024-25 Executive Budget. Our goals are twofold:a

  1. Establish a $4,000 wage investment for staff
  2. Include the statutory 3.2% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

With just a few clicks you can directly send Governor Hochul and the NYS Legislature a message by using this online form. You may customize who you are in the first paragraph as you see fit (parent, self-advocate, caretaker, supporter, etc.).


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