***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Unprecedented group of health and human service providers to call on State to fund minimum wage increase

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

For immediate release

Contact:       Bryan O’Malley – 518-813-9537

Unprecedented group of health and human service providers to call on State to fund minimum wage increase

An unprecedented group of health, behavioral health, and developmental disability providers, in addition to human services agencies throughout the state, will gather to call on the Legislature to use recently identified additional revenues to help pay for the Governor’s proposed minimum wage increase for the Medicaid and human service agencies. These groups rely on state assistance to provide services critical to all New Yorkers and support the wage increase, but stress the importance of investment in funding to support it. Last week, the Assembly and Senate agreed that there was an additional half a billion dollars in state revenue, which this group argues should be used to pay for this increase.

WHAT:          Health, mental health, developmental disability and human service groups call on the state to fund the minimum wage increase

WHERE:        LCA Pressroom

WHEN:          Tuesday, March 1 at 1 pm

Groups in support include: Center for Disability Rights, Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Fiscal Policy Institute, Human Services Council, Mental Health Association of New York State, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, New York State Association of Health Care Providers, New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health, New York State Council for Behavioral Health, New York State Rehabilitation Association, New York Statewide Senior Action Council, and the Women’s City Club of New York [LIST IN FORMATION].

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