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NY develops plan to boost services for people with disabilities

Nov 03, 2022 12:30 am

Nick Reisman reports at State of Politics that New York state has completed a five-year plan intended to strengthen services and programs for people with disabilities statewide. The new plan points to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the workforce shortage of people who provide support to state residents with developmental disabilities. There has also been an increase in the number of children and adults in need of additional clinical support and have complex behavioral and medical needs. Gov. Kathy Hochul said, "This five-year plan provides a comprehensive roadmap to strengthen supports and enhance services statewide for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities — helping to build a more inclusive, equitable state for all." The plan was first put in place under a law approved by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the findings include the need to strengthen the workforce as well as housing programs while also expanding support programs for people with complicated medical needs. Non-profit organizations have over the last year raised concerns over the shrinking workforce and a push to raise salaries for support aides that aligned with the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers and the governor have agreed to increase pay for these workers while also trying to find longer-term ways of growing the workforce. Read the full story at spectrumlocalnews [dot] com.