The OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) has exhibited a lack of planning and coordination with provider organizations that will lead to thousands of lay-offs and potential service disruptions for 60,000 people throughout New York State

  • CP Nassau and other agencies that serve individuals with disabilities continue to be concerned with actions and lack thereof by OPWDD. There are several pressing matters which require swift action by the state to prevent significant disruption to the service delivery system for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 
  • First and most important, we need a plan to address Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decision to limit “retainer day payments.” A lack of planning will lead to thousands of lost jobs and a total disruption to the service delivery system. It is unconscionable that OPWDD has no plan and refuses to work with not-for-profit providers to develop one. 
  • OPWDD is an example of a rudderless agency that should be laser focused on protecting people with I/DD. These actions would be unacceptable anytime. However, following the pandemic, they are outright callous and irresponsible. During the pandemic provider organizations spent approximately $100 million on payroll for the staff that risked their lives to provide for people with I/DD, personal protective equipment and other expenses related to the pandemic. OPWDD refuses to recognize and reimburse for the additional costs. 
  • In recent years and particularly over the past few months, OPWDD has failed to ensure people with disabilities are a priority; maintain a strong partnership with families and providers; advocate effectively for the I/DD community.
  • The budget cuts, revenue loss and increased COVID related expenses follows nearly a decade of chronic underfunding. We are exhausted by the consistent attack on our loved ones from the very organization charged with protecting them. We need and are calling for radical change from within OPWDD.

Families are very worried about OPWDD’s actions affecting  their loved ones 

  • OPWDD continues to fail the very people they have been charged with protecting. Week after week this agency threatens the very system that provides reliable services to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  • The entire state is in crisis, yet OPWDD consistently fails to develop a proactive plan to ensure our loved ones can continue to receive essential services.
  • A recent announcement by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to limit “retainer day payments” will lead to a significant reduction in services. With this change, we do not know if the provider we currently use to assist our family member will still be in service.
  • Over the past four months they have made budget cuts totaling $265 million annually, slashed revenue for not-for-profits providers and refused to allocate federal funds the state received to the sector that serves our loved ones. #OPWDD must act to protect people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  • As family members, we are confused, frustrated and angry. We urge OPWDD to work with providers to find solutions that will ensure critical services for our loved ones are not disrupted.

CONTACT GOVERNOR CUOMO NOW and let him know that OPWDD must work with providers and families to ensure that critical services for their family member with developmental disabilities are maintained https://www.cpstate.org/advocacy/ or call 518-474-8390