Governor Cuomo announced the signing of legislation to restore up to $90 million in funding for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). This law, supported by the Senate and Joe Robach, amends the executive budget which called for reducing the agency’s budget by $90 million as a result of a $1.1 billion federal reduction in aid. This funding will allow the agency to continue its vital mission to provide critical care to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities while reversing decades of mismanagement and overpayments that resulted in a decline of services to this vulnerable population.
Funding for OPWDD was restored by establishing a work group charged with developing a cost savings plan that would yield $40 million recovered through a series of audits. Additional cost savings totaling $50 million will come from program reductions over time. The new law, passed by the Senate and supported by Joe Robach, ensures that if the plan created by the work group fails to deliver these savings, $90 million will be provided to cover OPWDD and Medicaid rate shortfalls.
Senator Joe Robach said, “Today is a great day for every New Yorker. I proud that the Governor signed this Senate legislation to fund the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and the programs necessary for our disabled. Those with physical and developmental disabilities deserve the proper care to insure that they have the best possible quality of life.”
For more information contact the office of Joe Robach.