NYAIL Policy Positions

November 17, 2011

NYAIL made the following recommendations to the Governor's Medicaid Redesign Team Affordable Housing workgroup to increase fully integrated affordable, accessible housing for seniors and people with disabilities. NYAIL Director of Public Policy, Lindsay Miller, served as a member of the workgroup, charged with evaluating the availability and adequacy of "supportive housing" programs for the purpose of assuring that individuals who need services and supports are neither inappropriately institutionalized nor denied necessary care and services in the community, with "supportive housing" defined broadly as any combination of market rate or subsidized housing and services that will meet individual needs.

Recommendations for New York State's 2012 Action Plan
June 3, 2011

NYAIL offers the following recommendations for the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) 2012 Annual Action Plan to increase the availability of accessible, affordable, integrated housing for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Comments on OPWDD’s “People First Waiver” Concept Paper
June 1, 2011

NYAIL applauds OPWDD’s plans to restructure community-based service options to create real choice for people living both in institutions and the community, to reduce its remaining institutional capacity, provide better care coordination, improve quality and reduce costs, and place person-centered planning, individual responsibility and self-determination at the forefront of service delivery. We recognize that changes to a system created over 40 years cannot be achieved overnight. NYAIL recommends a long-term, step-by-step process to achieve this vision, developed in collaboration with advocates, consumers and families. As a first step, we offer the following recommendations in response to the Concept Paper: New York State’s 1115 Waiver, Research and Demonstration Project, produced by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and New York State Department of Health, 2011.

New York State’s Plan on Aging 2011-2015
May 19, 2011

This is a time of transition for aging and disability services in New York. The role of NYSOFA and aging services in the provision of long term care is currently being debated. Governor Cuomo's SAGE commission is considering proposals to consolidate aging and disability services. At the federal level, the Administration on Aging is strongly encouraging states to ensure collaboration between aging and disability services. There are incentives in federal health reform for the State to apply for funding for Aging and Disability Resource Centers and the Administration on Aging promotes formal partnerships between aging and disability service systems for successful ADRCs, in particular between ILCs and AAAs, as described below.

NYAIL offers the following recommendations for inclusion in the State Plan on Aging.