Tell the Governor & The Legislature: Invest in New Yorkers with Disabilities!
It’s not enough.

If enacted, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s executive budget proposal would give nonprofit providers of supports and services for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities a mere 1.5% cost of living increase. 

This minimal increase doesn’t even compensate for the reality of inflation and the rising cost of delivering services. It certainly does nothing to reverse our escalating workforce crisis. 

Most importantly, a 1.5% COLA doesn't  address the erosion of care and supports that New Yorkers with disabilities have endured for years and continues her administration’s failure to recognize the real cost of doing business in New York – last year she proposed 2.5% when inflation was at 8.5%, and this year inflation is at 3.2% and she’s offering 1.5%. 

For decades, New York state has not made adequate investments to sustain the essential programs and services people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) rely on. This systemic underfunding has driven us into a critical staffing crisis and eroded New York's system of supports for its citizens with I/DD. The data speaks for itself:

  • Average statewide staff turnover rate is 31%
  • Turnover costs for non-profit providers have risen to more than $100 million annually
  • Nearly 20,000 critical Direct Support positions are vacant statewide
  • A 17% staff vacancy rate means New Yorkers with disabilities are missing out on needed care and support

 

Now we must inform Governor Hochul how she can help address these issues in her 2024-25 Executive Budget. Our goals are twofold:

  • Include S.4127-A (Mannion)/A.5268-A (Seawright) in the final budget to increase Direct Care Workers’ pay by approximately $2 per hour or $4,000 per year, in recognition of the complexity, responsibility, and expertise required for the position.
  • Include the statutory 3.2% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

With just a few clicks you can directly send Governor Hochul and the NYS Legislature a message by using this online form. You may customize who you are in the first paragraph as you see fit (parent, self-advocate, caretaker, supporter, etc.).

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