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Purpose: To receive testimony regarding the notice of intent released by the Governor on February 15, 2013 to designate a not-for-profit corporation, Disability Advocates, Inc. (DAI), as the P&A and CAP.

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Meeting Rooms 3 and 4, Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level, Albany, NY and as a live video-conference at eight additional locations statewide. See below for video conference locations.

Registration: Register online at www.cqc.ny.gov. If assistance is required with registration, call 1-800-624-4143 (Voice/Relay/TTY).

The 2013-14 Executive Budget will be released on Tuesday, January 22nd. Once released, the budget and accompanying documents will be available on the Division of Budget's website: http://www.budget.ny.gov/index.html. Governor Cuomo is delivering his 2013-14 Executive Budget Address on 1/22 at 2p.m., which can be viewed via live webcast on the Governor's website: http://www.governor.ny.gov/.

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) wants to hear from people with disabilities displaced by Sandy who have applied for FEMA housing, particularly if their housing accessibility needs have not been met. Please contact Cary LaCheen at NCLEJ, 212-633-6967, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

People with disabilities displaced by Hurricane Sandy have a right to temporary housing that meets their accessibility needs! Under federal disability rights laws, FEMA, New York State, New York City, and New York counties providing temporary housing to people displaced by Hurricane Sandy must provide people with disabilities with housing that meets their disability-related needs. If needed for a disability, these agencies must provide temporary housing that has the following:

• Ramp with handrails at the entrance to the building and/or housing unit • Doorways wide enough for a wheelchair • Raised toilet seat • Grab bars around toilet, shower, or tub • Accessible (roll-in) shower • Bathtub • Bathtub with low sides • Bath bench or shower chair • Hand held shower controls • Rooms big enough for wheelchair and wheelchair turn space • Sinks, appliances, shelves, counters and controls reachable from wheelchair • Visual alarms and notification devices • More room for equipment (e.g., hospital bed) • All electric trailer (e.g., if the individual uses oxygen) • Extra bedroom for personal care worker or other disability-related help • Other accessibility features or accommodations

But FEMA's housing application process is not designed to identify these needs. FEMA asks only asks about a few types of disabilities and doesn't ask what type of accommodations are needed. As a result, FEMA may overlook accessibility needs.

The New York State

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

Announces a public hearing on the

Statewide Comprehensive Plan: 2012–2016

We help people with developmental disabilities live richer lives.

Friday, January 18, 2013: 12:30–4:00


This hearing will be held at six locations statewide and will be conducted as a live video-conference with Commissioner Courtney Burke, who will be in attendance at the Schenectady location.


OPWDD intends to utilize the ideas, suggestions, and comments received through this public hearing to improve services and supports in New York State. OPWDD urges self-advocates, family members of people with developmental disabilities, providers, advocates, and other interested parties to participate in the hearing.


The Statewide Comprehensive Plan for Services reflects OPWDD’s mission and vision statement. It sets forth plans for implementing a transformational agenda for supporting people with developmental disabilities to enjoy meaningful relationships with friends, family, and others in their lives; experience personal health and growth; live in the home of their choice; and fully participate in their communities.

On Friday, November 30th Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 84 related to development and implementation of the New York State Olmstead Plan.  The order calls for a final report with recommendations concerning establishment, implementation and coordination of the Olmstead Plan to the Governor by May 31, 2013.

Jim Introne, Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services, discussed the Executive Order at the December 3rd MISCC meeting and introduced Roger Bearden, formerly of the Commission on Quality Care in his new role within the Governor's Office to direct the Olmstead Plan and implementation process. 



WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999), that Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits the unjustified segregation of people with disabilities and requires states to provide people with disabilities with necessary support and services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs;