NYAIL Policy Positions

Recommendations to the SAGE Commission on Disability and Aging Services Restructuring
 April 15, 2011

Governor Cuomo's Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) commission, focused on restructuring State agency administration, is considering proposals to consolidate aging and disability services. NYAIL provides the following recommendations to the SAGE Commission on disability and aging services restructuring.

Over a billion dollars in proposals that reduce NYS spending and promote the independence and integration of seniors and people with disabilities
January 7, 2011

Knowing that Governor Cuomo will need to address a massive budget shortfall, the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) and the Center for Disability Rights (CDR) have developed a policy paper that identifies ways the state could save over a billion dollars in Medicaid funding over five years, without affecting rates or the availability of services. If adopted, NYAIL and CDR's recommendations to the incoming Cuomo Administration would comprehensively reverse Medicaid's current institutional bias in favor of responsive and fiscally responsible home and community based care. Even in the face of a budget crisis, New York State has an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities and to support their legal right to live in the most integrated setting, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision.

If your organization would like to sign on in support of the proposal, please contact Lindsay Miller, Advocacy Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In 2008, NYAIL contracted with the Center for Governmental Research Inc. (CGR) to conduct a needs assessment to determine how ILCs can more effectively meet the needs of people with disabilities throughout the state, to determine service gaps and barriers that interfere with the provision of services, and to determine the resources Centers will need in the future to best meet the needs of their constituents and how those resources should be best allocated.