NYAIL Policy Positions
NYAIL’s Recommendations to the SAGE Commission
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.
Disability advocates propose Medicaid savings
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.
NYAIL Issues Report on Statewide Needs Assessment
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.