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The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) greatly appreciates the long-overdue recognition placed on Independent Living Centers (ILCs) and the value they bring to the State as part of this year’s State Budget process. We thank the Governor, Assembly and Senate for fully preserving our role as founding providers in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). However, we remain deeply concerned and philosophically opposed to the hasty shift to one Statewide Fiscal Intermediary which prioritizes “value” over consumer needs, and severely limits consumer choice.

This change will undoubtedly cause significant disruptions within the more than 200,000 New Yorkers with disabilities who rely on the CDPAP to participate in their communities. NYAIL also greatly appreciates the additional $750,000 in base funding for the statewide network of 41 ILCs. The ILC network has been woefully underfunded for decades despite growing demands for our services, and our statutory location in the State Education Department has excluded us from the cost-of-living adjustments our partner human service organizations are granted.

The final Budget also included a modest but necessary $1 million increase for Access to Home, an essential home modification program that is critical to the work ILCs do to help people with disabilities remain in the community. NYAIL looks forward to expanding its partnership with the State to prioritize the needs of New Yorkers with disabilities so they can live and participate in their communities like their
non-disabled peers.

April 23, 2024

Contact: Blaise Bryant, (518) 572-7555

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