New legislation from the Assembly would restore funding cuts to the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and for non-profit service providers.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says “Earlier this year, the Assembly made a commitment to examine ways to address the funding cuts associated with OPWDD and non-profit service providers,” and the speaker continued in a statement saying “Through the approval of this bill they are acting on that promise. It is our job, he says, to ensure that the care provided by these facilities is not compromised because of funding cuts.
To ensure that direct care services are not compromised, the legislation package would provide up to $90 million to fully restore funding for OPWDD providers. Earlier this year, the executive’s budget proposed a $120 million funding cut to the OPWDD and non-profit service providers.