2013-10-11 / Top Stories

Goldfeder Bill Restores Funding To Developmental Disability Programs

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced that legislation he sponsored, and strongly advocated for, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

The legislation restores more than 90 million dollars in funding for community based services through the state’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). This funding will be used to provide essential supportive services for families with disabilities.

“The services offered by OPWDD are not luxuries but integral services that families depend on every day of their lives,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “These programs dramatically improve the lives of people with special needs and while they never should have been cut from the budget, I am happy to see the funds restored.”

Not-for-profit, community based services, provide support to more than 80 percent of people with developmental disabilities, and have already sustained more than $350 million in cuts over the past few years.

William R. Guarinello, president and CEO of HeartShare Human Services of New York commented. "The threat of significant and widespread cuts to essential services for children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including autism, ran deep across the community based service sector, potentially having a devastating impact on voluntary agencies such as HeartShare. Reduced funding would have prompted program closures, directly affecting thousands of individuals with special needs who rely on the services provided each day.”

“Many of these programs provide around-the-clock care and now our children with developmental disabilities no longer have to worry about losing the quality services that they need and rely on,” Goldfeder said. “It is our responsibility to protect our most vulnerable citizens.”

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