February 12, 2021
CP State News
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Virtual Lobby Days begin Feb. 22
CP State and our colleagues (Alliance of Long Island Agencies/ALIA, Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York/DDAWNY, Interagency Council/IAC and the NY Association of Emerging and Multicultural Providers/NYAEMP) will be conducting our annual Legislative Advocacy Days virtually during the weeks of February 22 and March 1. 
We will be setting up Zoom meetings with Senate and Assembly Developmental Disability, Education and Health Committee members, key legislative and Governor’s staff. Executive Directors or senior staff who would like to attend these Zoom meetings should contact Barbara Crosier at bcrosier@cpstate.org.
Affiliates should continue to reach out to and meet with their rank-and-file legislators. Please let us know if you need assistance setting up Zoom meetings with them.
CP State continues to coordinate with NYDA to present a unified response to this year’s Executive Budget proposal covering services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in adults services (OPWDD), Special Education (SED), and (DOH) Early Intervention and Clinics.
Our tentative Legislative Advocacy schedule includes:
Week One
  • Monday, February 22—Legislative Day Briefings, approximately 60-90 minutes at 11AM and 3 PM. Please attend one of these briefings if you plan to attend virtual Zoom meetings with the legislators.
  • Tuesday, February 23—Tuesday AM presentations from Legislative Leadership and special Leadership appointments.
  • Wednesday, February 24 and Thursday, February 25, Legislative Virtual Visits between 9AM to 5 PM.
  • Thursday, February 25th, Virtual Debrief at 5 PM. Instead of gathering at the Albany Hilton’s Lounge, please join us from your own Home Lounge.
Week Two
  • Monday, March 1 through Thursday, March 4, legislative Virtual Visits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 4, Virtual Debrief, Round 2.
  • Friday, March 5 – additional appointments for all but NYC Providers who have the 5 Borough Legislative Breakfasts from 10 a.m. to noon.
While this year’s Lobby Days are not in person, we will be advocating for our OPWDD, Special Education, Clinic and Early Intervention supports and services. We will provide you with our priorities and talking points for you to use during Advocacy Days and with your own individual Senators and Assemblymembers.
Additionally, you can click here to use CP State's one-click advocacy tool to contact your legislators and the Governor with our priority budget items. Please share that link with your supporters!
Please let Barbara Crosier or Bill DeVoe know if you need any assistance.
NYDA Rallies for NYers with I/DD
Yesterday, more than 500 people attended NYDA’s virtual rally to prioritize New Yorkers with I/DD!
If you missed it, you can click here to watch the recording
The rally generated a great amount of media coverage that we’ve linked below. Please share this coverage with your various audiences and remember to tag NYDA (@NYDisabilityAdv) and your local representatives, as well as use the hashtags #IDDPRIORITY and #SAVEOURSERVICES. 
Click for stories: 

Initial and Annual Recertification Guidance for the OPWDD Housing Subsidy 
The following information is applicable to:
  • All ISS Housing Subsidy Provider Agencies
  • All Fiscal Intermediary Provider Agencies
  • All Care Coordination Organizations
  • OPWDD Regional Office Staff
Please see the following clarifying guidance regarding initial and annual documents required for the OPWDD Housing Subsidy:
The checklist will be required statewide moving forward for individuals receiving their housing subsidy through and ISS Provider or a Self-Direction plan.
Questions regarding this information can be sent to the OPWDD Home and Community Living unit at housing.initiatives@opwdd.ny.gov .
Brandeis University hosts webinar on COVID-19 and I/DD
A webinar by Brandeis University will be discussing the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of people with disabilities. On February 22 at noon join the Lurie Institute and the Community Living Policy Center for a webinar discussion between disability community members, self-advocates, and policy researchers. This conversation will elevate the policy and lived experience impacts of COVID-19 among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leaders and experts from the disability community will consider lessons learned, future federal policies, and ways that policies that promote Home and Community-based Services can provide more equitable social justice during this pandemic.
CP State Training Series
Free series on community building for people with I/DD continues February 17
CP State continues Dr. Al Condeluci's series on community building on Wednesday, February 17,at 10 a.m. with "Understanding the Social Infrastructure."
This session will go over strategies and actions that can soften the social infrastructure, the places and spaces where people engage in community, in welcoming all people.
Sessions continue through March:
• Understanding the Social Infrastructure – Wednesday, February 17 @ 10 a.m.
• MACRO CHANGE: The key to Community Success– Wednesday, March 3 @ 2:30 p.m.
• Session 6 (TBA) – Tuesday, March 16 @ 10 a.m.
• Session 7 (TBA) – Thursday, March 18 @ 10 a.m.
Relationships for people with I/DD
CP State is honored to host a series on navigating dating and relationships for people with disabilities. These FREE sessions will begin on February 23 and are presented by Kathy O'Connell, Director of Radiant Abilities. Radiant Abilities provides resources and products for people with disabilities in the areas of self-esteem, relationships, and personal empowerment.
CP State is offering these FREE sessions through its DDPC Rural Advocacy Grant.
If you would like to participate, please contact Tim Ferguson at TFerguson@cpstate.org or 518-436-0178.
CP State and SAP Litmos have your training needs covered
CP State is proud to provide the SAP Litmos online learning platform to provide efficient and thorough training for Affiliate staff.
Whether you need to onboard staff more efficiently or are looking for a suite of COVID-19 related classes, we provide top-level professional development courses within our online learning library!
For more information contact:
Tim Ferguson
Director of Online Learning