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3-1-13 CP NEWS

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3/1/13 Affiliate Update

(Volume #19 – Issue #5)





People with developmental disabilities, families and staff, are gravely concerned by the budget proposal to CUT NOT-FOR-PROFIT OPWDD supports and services by 6%.  We need everyone’s assistance to ensure our health, safety and quality of life.  Our services and programs will be cut, our families will be impacted and many of the people we rely on will be out of work.


The link below will take you to a website where you can help. Reach out to your New York State Legislators, the Governor, local media, and community leaders. Tell them that New Yorkers with disabilities have done more than their fair share and this most recent proposal of an additional 6% cut would result in cuts to services, impact the health, safety and quality of life of people with disabilities and cost jobs.


For more information about what you can do to help prevent these devastating cuts please click here.  


Barbara Crosier






The statement below on Early Intervention was issued recently by the NYS Department of Health.


On November 28, 2012, the Department of Health adopted regulations effective January 1, 2013 that aimed to prevent conflicts of interest from influencing decisions concerning eligibility for the early intervention program and the types and frequency of early intervention services most appropriate for a child and family. A not-for-profit corporation has challenged these regulations in New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County. Although a motion for a temporary restraining order was denied on December 31, 2012 by a judge in the Nassau County Supreme Court, a different judge in the Nassau County Supreme Court has, effective February 9, 2013, preliminarily enjoined the enforcement of these regulations pending the final disposition of this legal action. A conference has been scheduled by the Supreme Court for March 27, 2013.

This means that for children referred to the program on or after February 9, 2012, the regulation is enjoined until final disposition of the action and evaluators are not prohibited from also being the provider of services. The Department of Health, as represented by the Office of the Attorney General, has filed a notice of appeal with the Appellate Division, 2nd Department, and intends to continue to defend the position both in Supreme Court and in the Appellate Division, 2nd Department, that this regulation is appropriate and should be enforced.

Please note, the Supreme Court's order does not require evaluators to be authorized as service providers. As was the case prior to the regulation taking effect on January 1, 2013, municipalities continue to have the authority to select the provider of services authorized for eligible children and should continue to authorize providers that best meet the needs of children and their families.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to submit them to [email protected]

or call (518) 473-7016 option (2).


Bradley Hutton, M.P.H.
Center for Community Health


Judi Gerson





On February 25, more than 40 staff, program participants and volunteers from CP of NYS were among an estimated 200 people who staged a rally at the College of Staten Island to bring attention to the devastating effect of a proposed 6% cut in funding for OPWDD nonprofit providers. Governor Cuomo was at the college that day to speak and the rally was intended to let government leaders know that the cuts will adversely affect the health, safety and quality of life of people with disabilities in New York State.


Al Shibley

CSI Rally


CSI Rally


Person Centered Services of Western New York (PCSWNY) recently added Mark Peters, Executive Director at CP of NYS Affiliate Able2, to its Board of Directors. Person Centered Services of Western New York is a collaborative organization established by a group of local nonprofit service providers for people with developmental disabilities, in response to New York State’s People First Waiver program. Peters joins Thomas Sy, from CP of NYS Affiliate Aspire of WNY, and nine others on the organization’s board.

Al Shibley






The first online edition of capABILITY, the Magazine of the Center for Disability Services, which is created for, by and about individuals with disabilities, is now available. The premier issue focuses on employment, with feature articles on various job and skills training programs offered by Adult Services at the Center for Disability Services, tips on preparing for job interviews, and first person descriptions by employees who have disabilities and who hold various types of jobs. It includes an introductory letter from Editor in Chief Ed Bartz.


Created by individuals at the Technology Center at 700 South Pearl Street in Albany, capABILITY began in newsletter format in 1996, with an expanded version introduced in 1998. Adult program participants learned computer skills, writing and interviewing techniques, photography, design and project management by working on it. Through the years, capABILITY evolved, and, for a time, it was a four color, printed magazine thanks to grant funding. It proved too costly to continue, and plans were made to move the project on-line, which would make it accessible to many more people and give it a larger presence.


New issues of capABILITY will be posted on a quarterly basis. To read the current issue, please go to the Center’s website at and click on the capABILITY icon on the homepage.


Al Shibley




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