Action Alert! Help us Raise DSP wages now!
DSPs empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live full and productive lives. They work tirelessly in homes, schools and in the community enriching the lives of so many.
The job is at times very difficult and they are not paid enough for the work that they do. Low wage implemented by the state is forcing these caring professionals to seek positions in other fields, hurting the people with IDD who depend on them. Please fill out our one-click platform and send a message to our governor and legislatures that this needs to change TODAY!
Springbrook provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and relies on state funding to ensure the continuity of those supports. Our advocacy goal is to ensure that all people with I/DDs can continue to access our services to help them lead fulfilling and meaningful lives in our communities.
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CRITICAL ACTION ITEMS
NYS Budget - Tuition Rate Methodology Reform
Alert: Our students’ needs must be met through a strong partnership with the state in addressing the funding of our schools. Governor Kathy Hochul, please join the Senate and Assembly, and address the challenges associated with the current tuition rate methodology in the Enacted Budget! Please click here to access the twitter handles of members of the New York State Legislature and let them hear our voices that we need tuition rate methodology reform!
Budget discussions are still ongoing, we need a major push in order to keep Tuition Rate Methodology Reform in the conversation.
We need this to happen TODAY! We need all hands on deck. DOB needs to hear from you!
Robert Mujica, Director of DOB and Sandra Beattie, Deputy Director of DOB at 518-474-2300
Hello, my name is [NAME]. I am the [TITLE] of [SCHOOL], an 853 school. I am calling to encourage Governor Hochul to accept the Senate and Assembly’s proposals regarding the tuition rate methodology in the enacted budget. While we appreciate her commitment to the 11% trend factor for the 2022-23 school year, we remain disappointed that she has not embraced the our proposals for comprehensive reforms. Please ask her to work with the Senate and Assembly to make sure that these proposals are in the enacted budget. Thank you.
Good afternoon, on behalf of [NAME OF SCHOOL] an 853 school, I am writing to encourage Governor Hochul to accept the Senate and Assembly’s proposals regarding the tuition rate methodology in the enacted budget. Specifically, we seek the following:
End the reconciliation process;
- Develop a task force to re-design the tuition rate methodology;
- Support NYSED with an investment of $1.25 million;
- Approve a 5% enrollment adjustment factor for the 2022-23 School Year;
- Approve parity in the growth; and
- Authorize interim plus rates so that the over 100 schools with waivers or appeals can still realize growth.
While we appreciate the Governor’s commitment to the 11% trend factor for the 2022-23 school year, we remain disappointed that she has not embraced our proposals for comprehensive reforms and ask that she work with the Senate and the Assembly to ensure that these proposals are in the enacted budget. Thank you.
The Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act (H.R. 4779)
The Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act (H.R. 4779) was introduced over the summer by U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, and has since been co-sponsored by Rep. Antonio Delgado, who represents the people in Springbrook’s service area. The bill requires the Office of Management and Budget to establish a separate category within the Standard Occupational Classification system for DSPs (i.e., individuals who provide services to promote independence in individuals with a disability) for data reporting purposes. Currently, they are lumped in with larger categories, minimizing their efforts and misrepresenting the data lawmakers need to make the proper decisions.
Rice’s bill would address this shortage by providing the Department of Labor and the private sector with the data they need to better understand and respond to this pressing workforce challenge.
Find your New York State Congressman or Woman and demand that they sign on to this important legislation:
FAIR PAY FOR HOME CARE ACT
What you can do:
1. Support our efforts by calling Governor Hochul today and urge her to include Fair Pay for Home Care in the final budget!
Call Governor Hochul at #518-474-8390. Press 3 and then press 2 to speak to a person.
“My name is [your name] and I am calling to urge Governor Hochul to include Fair Pay for Home Care in the final budget.”
[You can then give a brief personal reason, or explain the following:]
“Seniors and people with disabilities are stuck in nursing homes or in unsafe conditions because too many of them are unable to get the home care they are approved for because there aren’t enough home care workers. Fair Pay for Home Care would solve this crisis by paying workers a living wage.”
2. Post on social media and take part! A toolkit is available with sample text and instructions on how you can help.
Additional ways to get involved:
Wednesday, March 30th: Fair Pay for Home Care Final Push, Albany, RSVP HERE
TUITION PARITY BILL
UPDATE: GOVERNOR HOCHUL HAS VETOED THE BILL! – While Springbrook is very disappointed in Governor Hochul’s decision to veto S.6516-A (Mannion)/A.8013-A (Benedetto), yesterday, which would have applied additional funding to the GEMS, Golisano, and Kids Unlimited Preschool educational programs at the School at Springbrook, we greatly appreciate the Governor’s commitment to include an 11% increase for the 2022-23 school year for both preschool and school-age special education in her Executive Budget.
We would like to take this time to thank Senator Mannion for his support of our schools through sponsoring and passing the Rate Parity Bill, S.6516-A/A.8013-A, through the legislature this year. We are deeply grateful and know that he will continue to advocate for the IDD community.
But most of all we would like to thank YOU! It is because of you, the citizen advocate, that the bill made it all the way to the Governor’s desk, and we saw an 11% increase for the 2022-23 school year for both preschool and school-age special education. In the coming days and weeks, we will discuss and provide ways you can help us continue to advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Be sure to check our advocacy page and our social media platforms for the latest updates and advocacy efforts. Thank you again for your continued support of Springbrook.
HCBS ACCESS ACT
“The America Rescue Package made important investments in home and community-based care. But Congress must do more. It must do much more. We must make HCBS a mandatory benefit in Medicaid and expand Medicare to cover more at home, long-term care services.” HCBS are often essential services for people with disabilities on Medicaid to live well in their homes. Yet, there are long waiting lists for services and each state administers HCBS differently. Access was already suboptimal before the pandemic and was worsened dramatically this past year. (D. Dingell and B. Casey, et al)
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the DSP workforce crisis, resulting in high turnover and forcing providers like Springbrook to discontinue services, turn away new referrals, delay the launch of new programs, and struggle to adhere to quality standards. Your voice is critical to our campaigns. Now is the time to insist that Congress fully fund HCBS programs, and other equally important initiatives. Learn more about the most recent issues that affect the I/DD community below. We encourage you take action today and write your representatives concerning these issues.
Tell Congress to Pass the Better Care Better Jobs Act, a Historic Investment in Disability Services.
Act now to help fix the “family glitch”
Right now, people who do not have access to affordable health insurance through their jobs can get financial help to buy coverage in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
But current rules only consider the cost of the insurance for the employee with the job and don’t take into account the cost of insurance for spouses, partners, dependents, or other family members.
This means that families who need insurance but can’t afford the cost for the whole family on the employee’s plan aren’t guaranteed an affordable option.
This “glitch” means that 5 million people, including adults and children with disabilities, don’t have access to affordable health coverage.
The Biden Administration has proposed new rules that would fix the “family glitch,” which left millions of families—including the families of many people with disabilities—ineligible for financial help through the health care marketplace.
We need your help to turn this proposal into reality so that all people can get affordable access to the health care they need!
Everyone should have access to care – and your story can help!
- Do you or a family member have a disability, and have you been unable to afford health coverage?
- Have you been unable to afford care for your children because of an expensive employer-based plan?
- Has your spouse or partner been left without coverage?
CONTACT U.S. SENATOR SCHUMER ON HCBS FUNDING
Conversations are ongoing in Washington, D.C. as to the possibility of dedicated Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) funding in the Reconciliation Bill. The budget reconciliation bill is picking up steam in the Senate, with negotiations continuing between Majority Leader Schumer and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. There is a short window of opportunity in the next few days to make the case for including HCBS funding in the reconciliation bill as negotiations continue with Senator Manchin.
Therefore, please take a moment to advocate for HCBS funding in the Reconciliation bill. Simply use ANCOR’S action alert here:https://www.ancor.org/amplifier?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f94721%2frespond and re-share this post with your network of self-advocates, parents/family members, and friends and encourage them to take the action alert again. ANCOR reminds us that people can take the action alert more than once, so please call, email, or tweet our message.
It’s Time to Go #AllInForHCBS
A Unified Effort
The ANCOR Amplifier is your one-stop shop for taking action to support providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Check back regularly for opportunities to support your association’s federal advocacy efforts!
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