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Times Union: Low wages seen as major roadblock to hiring medical caregivers

The Albany Times Union published an article today on the impact that low wages have on individuals and families’ ability to hire personal assistants through CDPA. Data is sourced from CDPAANYS’ report on wages that is  being released at a press conference this morning. New study shows that personal assistants hired through Medicaid program quit because […]

In Brief: Minimum Wage Increase Will Cost CDPA $9.3M in First Year

CDPAANYS has prepared an info brief on the first year cost of the minimum wage increase. The brief details that the minimum wage increase will result in approximately $9.3 million in costs for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The minimum wage increase during this period will consist of December 31, 2016 – […]

FLSA and Consumers’ Obligations

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been in place for a six months, effective today. We still do not know a lot about what its impact on CDPA will be. But, it is worthwhile looking at what we do know and examining the obligations the rule puts not just on fiscal intermediaries, but on […]

Unprecedented Coalition Supports Minimum Wage, Calls for State Funding

For immediate Release Contact: Bryan O’Malley, 518-813-9537   Jennifer Burner Barden, 646-676-4486 Unprecedented coalition supports minimum wage, calls for State funding An unprecedented group of health, behavioral health, developmental disability providers, in addition to human services agencies throughout the state, today called on the Legislature to use recently identified additional revenues to help pay for […]

Lobby Day – February 8, 2016

CDPAANYS would like to thank everyone who traveled to Albany to participate in Legislative Day with New York Association on Independent Living. We recognize that many of you were up at 3 AM and traveled from as far away as Buffalo and Long Island to advocate for $15AndFunding ‬and Fair Pay for CDPA. We are now following […]

Peer Mentor Blog Post: Managing CDPA During The Holiday Season

This blog post was written by Athena Savides.  You can access the Peer Mentor blog post archive by clicking here. The holidays are coming, and it is a busy time for many of us. For those like me, who use Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) services, part of the planning is to decide how to […]

Peer Mentor Blog Post: Consumer Directed Personal Assistance and Traditional Home Care

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance and Traditional Home Care By Iffat Khan I am very grateful that the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program (CDPAP) is in existence. If I did not have the CDPAP as part of my life I’m not sure where I would be today. With CDPAP, I am able to live my life […]

FLSA Decision: Court Rules In Favor of USDOL

On Friday morning, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the federal Department of Labor’s revisions to the “companionship exemption” under the Federal Labor Standards Act. Home Care Association of America v. Weil, (D.C. Circuit, Aug. 21, 1015). Those revisions remove the companionship exemption from federal minimum wage and overtime […]

“What about us?” People with disabilities and workers rally to ask why they don’t get $15/hr

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “What about us?” People with disabilities and workers rally to ask why they don’t get $15/hr As Governor Cuomo’s wage board convened in New York City to determine whether or not to raise the wage to $15/hour for fast food workers, people with disabilities, seniors and their home care workers gathered outside […]

Peer Mentor Blog Post: Higher Education and Employment

Without their Personal Assistants (PAs), many people with disabilities, like me, would be unable to successfully pursue higher education and employment. PAs are instrumental in supporting consumers with whichever tasks within their care plan enable them to live independently, some of which may be integral to their ability to go to school or work. In my […]