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Governor's proposed cut may impact services

opwdd-pageClick here for a letter to Governor Cuomo written on behalf of agency executives of DDAWNY and the families of individuals with developmental disabilities served by DDAWNY agencies. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a 6 percent across the board cut to non-profit providers of OPWDD services including Summit.  While we are hopeful that some concessions will be made, Summit will definitely feel the effect of any reduction.  Services that could be affected include:

  • Service Coordination
  • In-home respite
  • Afterschool Respite – Summit Adventures
  • Evening and Weekend Respite – Summit Expeditions
  • Community Habilitation
  • Family Education and Training
  • Supported Employment

Please consider showing your support for individuals with developmental disabilities by sending the Governor  your message of concern.  Using the link below, it will take less than one minute!

Summit, along with other Western New York human service agencies, advocated with the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York this past week in opposition to New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's budget. These cuts would have significant impacts on those with developmental disabilities and their families, including: reduced services, layoffs and much longer waiting times to get people the services they need! Parents, self-advocates and human service staff spoke passionately at the press conferences held in Buffalo, Rochester and Niagara Falls.

Click on the below news coverage links for more information:

WGRZ-TV: Groups Push for Added Funding in Budget

WIVB-TV Channel 4 – Disabled decry proposed budget cuts

WKBW-TV Channel 7 – Outrage Over Proposed Cuts to Developmental Disability Programs.

NYSARC: Politics as it Happens - Media Coverage Regarding 6% Cut

People Inc. CEO James M. Boles, Ed.D. Quoted: Buffalo Business First – Social-service agencies reeling after state Medicaid Cuts

The Buffalo News: Letter: Cuomo’s cuts will hurt people with disabilities

The Buffalo News: Another Voice: Careless state cuts would harm our most vulnerable

The Buffalo News: Group protests cuts to programs for disabled