Press Releases

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January 4, 2012

(Albany, NY) - Disability rights advocates are applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo for making an historic commitment to the civil rights of people with disabilities and older New Yorkers in today's State of the State address. The 1999 Supreme Court Olmstead decision held that people with disabilities have the right to receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. New Yorkers with disabilities have been waiting more than a decade for Olmstead implementation. The Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council (MISCC), established in 2002 to bring governmental agencies together to work collaboratively on implementing the Olmstead decision, has failed to develop an Olmstead plan, as the enabling statute required. Today, Governor Cuomo made a commitment to develop an Olmstead Implementation Plan to guide the transition of individuals from institutional to community-based services, provide affordable and accessible housing, and promote employment of people with disabilities.

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March 18, 2011

(Albany, NY) - Disability advocates are praising Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., who today endorsed the Community First Choice Option offered to states as part of federal health reform. This option will allow New York State to offer enhanced personal care services to help people with disabilities and elderly New Yorkers stay in their homes.

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March 15, 2011

(Albany, NY) - Over 250 disability advocates were in the Albany area to make their voices heard on the redesign of New York's Medicaid system. the disability community has recommended several policy changes to comprehensibely reverse Medicaid's current institutional bias in favor of responsive and fiscally responsible home and community based care. If adopted, these recommendations would result in $1 billion in long term care Medicaid savings over five years.

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