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“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 […]

Governor’s wage board ignores State role in low wages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Bryan O’Malley, Executive Director info@cdpaanys.org Workers, consumers and representatives of fiscal intermediaries in the State’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPA) are expressing disbelief today as Governor Cuomo cites the great President Franklin D. Roosevelt to call for a raise in the fast food industry, while ignoring the State’s […]

CDPAANYS SFY 2015-16 Budget Analysis

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On Tuesday, March 24, make 3 calls to protect CDPA!

Consumer Direction saves the State over $50 million per year; but the state is allowing managed care companies to put the program at risk with unsustainable cuts! Fiscal intermediaries are being reimbursed less than they were in 2006.  This means that thousands of personal assistants have been working without a raise since 2006. Tens of […]

Meet The Peer Mentoring Team

Sandra Lamb, Peer Mentor sandra@cdpaanys.org I attended the State University of Albany, and have achieved a degree in communications and a minor in business. While attending the University, my desire to champion and advocate for the needs and rights of people with disabilities intensified. Upon leaving the University I continued in that vein and my […]

Assembly One-House Bill Released

The Assembly one-house bill is out and, overall, it is a great victory for CDPAANYS. Speaker Silver, Assembly Member Gottfried and all of the members of the Assembly realized the critical issues facing consumers, their personal attendants and fiscal intermediaries, and we thank them.  On a quick read, the Assembly included in their one-house bill […]

CDPAANYS Budget Analysis for SFY 2014-15

As part of our efforts to educate and inform the Legislature, the Executive and the public about issues of importance to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program, the fiscal intermediaries who administer it and the consumers who utilize and run it, CDPAANYS analyzes the budget each year.  The analysis will serve as the basis for […]

Register Now For Legislative Day!

Online registration for Legislative Day on February 25, 2014 in Albany is live!  Your participation is the backbone of CDPAANYS and NYAIL’s advocacy work. Please click here to go to the registration page and share with your staff, consumers, and personal assistants! Talking points, target issues and more will be made available pending release of […]

FLSA Final Rules Released

FLSA Final Rules Released As you have likely seen by now, the final rules on the companionship exemption were issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday.  CDPAANYS has examined the proposed rules on a preliminary basis.  Our initial sentiment is that, while the rules are not as bad as they could have possibly been, […]

Education Key To Successful Managed Care Transition

As the heat of summer continues, so too does the transition to managed long term care for thousands of people receiving both Medicare and Medicaid.  Long Island and Westchester have almost completed their switch by now.  New York City continues to enroll more and more individuals, with well over half of those who will have […]