The deadline for the 2023 Executive Budget is drawing near, and it's is more important than ever to let Governor Hochul and the legislature know that services for New Yorkers with I/DD must be a funding priority. We were disappointed not to be included in the State of the State address, but Governor Hochul committed to lifting up New Yorkers and giving them their best life. We must make the case that funding services for New Yorkers with I/DD is essential in meeting that commitment.
Our one-click campaign gives you the chance to easily call on your elected officials to invest in supports and services and this one-page information sheet will support you in sharing our need and our asks. Take a moment to let state leaders know that this funding matters to you. Raise your voice and spread the word on social media so others may add their voices to the call!
The Arc New York and our NYDA partners are calling for:
- Establishment of a Direct Support Wage Enhancement (DSWE)
- Inclusion of the statutory 8.5% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)
Under the DSWE provider agencies will receive $4,000 per eligible employee to be used for the purpose of enhancing the hourly pay for all staff that have direct care/support responsibilities for people with I/DD. This wage enhancement will enable provider agencies to raise wages by approximately $2.19 per hour.
The annual COLA is intended to increase budgets appropriately to adjust for inflation and rising costs. In the past decade, inflation rose 27%, yet providers of supports and services received only a 1.2% COLA. A 5.4% COLA was committed in the 2022-23 budget, but this promised increase does not compensate for a decade of underfunding. Upholding the COLA will support the increased cost of delivering quality services and sustain supports for the future.
We'll keep you apprised of more opportunities to voice your support for New Yorkers with I/DD throughout the budget season!