January 19, 2021
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Cuomo outlines 2022 Executive Budget
On Tuesday, January 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined two possible paths for the New York's 2022 state budget: one that is dependent on $15 billion in federal aid and a "painful" one in which those federal dollars aren't realized.
Highlights of the FY 2022 Executive Budget, assuming $15 billion in federal aid: 
$306 Billion Infrastructure Plan - Largest in Nation
$29 Billion in Private and Public Green Economy Investments
$1.3 Billion Rent Relief Program, $20 Billion to Create or Preserve 100,000 Affordable Homes, $128 Million for Homeless Housing & Assistance
 $15 Cap on Broadband for Low-Income Families, $150 Million to Address Food Insecurity, $10 million for Liberty Defense Fund
$130 Million Pandemic Recovery & Restoration Program Supporting Highly-Impacted Small Businesses, Restaurant, Arts & Entertainment Industries
$40 Million Infectious Disease Resiliency Commercialization Fund to Fast-track Innovations & Address Emerging Health Threats - Establish Public Health Corp
Gov: NY has administered 77% of first and second COVID vaccine doses
In addition to stellar budget news, Governor Cuomo also gave an overview of New York’s vaccination distribution efforts:
  • Percentage of First and Second Doses Administered: 77%
  • First Doses Received: 1,053,650
  • First Doses Administered: 835,875 – 79%
  • Second Doses Received – 136,500
  • Second Doses Administered: 83,995
Please find additional details in the press release here.
FREE webinar on Jan. 20
'Building Community through Social Capital'
On the heels of Dr. Al Condeluci's highly informative session on seclusion and loneliness in the I/DD population, CP State is proud to announce "Building Community through Social Capital" on Wednesday, January 20, 10 a.m.
CP State is offering this FREE session 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 Training Series:
Your guide to advocacy
On January 27, CP State will offer all you've ever wanted to know about basic advocacy but were afraid to ask!
Join Evan Sullivan, Senior Vice President at Ostroff Associates, for a primer on legislative outreach, and overview of the NYS Legislature and how it works, and the key topics and challenges for 2021.
This is two-part series. Session 1 is Wednesday, January 27, at 2 p.m. Session 2 will be the following week at a date and time to be determined.
Affiliate members will be notified of specific Lobby Day dates that they can schedule with their representatives.
If you would like to participate, please contact Tim Ferguson at TFerguson@cpstate.org or 518-436-0178.
CP State Training Series:
Dating and relationships for people with disabilities
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.
If you would like to participate, please contact Tim Ferguson at TFerguson@cpstate.org or 518-436-0178.
Google’s Project Euphonia helps individuals with impaired speech use voice-activated tech
Google’s Project Euphonia is always looking for individuals with developmental disabilities to help their software improve how speech recognition systems recognize impaired speech. The project is designed to refine the speech recognition algorithms that drive devices like Google Home, Alexa, and other voice-activated technologies by introducing atypical speech patterns from individuals with disabilities.
Click here for more information. Clicking on the “Record phrases” button in the upper righthand corner will bring you to the application an individual would need to fill out before participating in the project.
Brave of Heart Fund supports families of fallen healthcare workers
New York Life and Cigna have created the Brave of Heart Fund, dedicated to providing healthcare workers and their families with peace of mind. The Fund is designed to provide financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to support the families of healthcare workers who lose their lives to COVID-19.
Virtual CME course from NYU Langone Health
NYU Langone Health is offering a one-day CME course focusing on current cerebral palsy (CP) data, evaluation approaches, and treatment options (surgical, non-surgical, rehabilitation, pharmacotherapeutics, and social prescription). This course aims to engage interprofessional health care providers to deliver lifespan care to patients with CP, including their families and/or caregivers.
CFR webinars available online
OPWDD, OMH, SED and OASAS recently conducted a series of webinars in place of on-site trainings on the January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR). The CFR webinar series can be accessed on YouTube at the following links:
  1. Getting Started, Time to Do the CFR, Core Reports (12/8/2020)
  2. General and Agency Specific Changes/Highlights, Steps to a Successful Submission, Claiming, and COVID19(s) Instructions (12/9/2020)
These webinars have been developed to make it easier for providers to train staff in CFR preparation, to give providers the ability to access CFR training at the time most convenient for provider agency staff, and to try to achieve a greater degree of accuracy in provider CFR submissions.
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