Member Advocacy

Your voice is crucial in our efforts to defend the health, services, and wellbeing of the people we support.

Important Information for Members and Families:
I/DD Services Threatened by Severe Budget Cuts

NYS Governor Cuomo’s Latest Proposed Funding Cut

In the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 proposed Executive Budget (effective July 1, 2021) submitted by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), there is a 2nd round of significant budgetary cuts for the seven (7) Care Coordination Organization/Health Homes (CCO/HHs), that were created in 2018 to assist Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and provide holistic and integrated care so they may live a quality life.

This new cut is a 23% funding reduction and in addition to the 16.2% CCO/HH cut that went into effect last year on July 1, 2020 — 166 million dollars (39%) will be cut from New York’s disability care coordination budget leaving individuals with I/DD at high risk. This reduction in funding will result in withdrawing the type of care management that individuals with I/DD have today. 

Given the enormity of the repercussions of this administrative budget action, we do not know if Governor Cuomo has been fully apprised of how these cuts will affect people with I/DD and whether an impact study has been conducted.

New York State Outline

A Unified Effort

The seven CCOs/HHs are launching a unified effort to advocate against these deep funding reductions. We will be sharing more information on how you can support the advocacy efforts to stop this proposed funding cut and assault on individuals with disabilities.

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Sign the Petition on

Individuals and families from Tri-County Care started a petition on to bring attention to and oppose the proposed budget cuts.

Help us reach 100,000 signatures!

Our Phone2Action Campaign Kit

Send an email to your elected representatives in Albany with one click, and share on social media to spread the word and stop these drastic cuts.


Key Talking Points

When writing your letter, be sure to:

  • Use your full name
  • Say where you live
  • Make it known if you are a voter in their district
  • Explain what you want your legislator to do (i.e. stand with you and prevent budget cuts).
  • Explain why this issue is important to you, giving real-world, compelling examples of how these services are vital to you or your loved one


Stakeholder Key Points

This PDF outlines the key points to mention in your advocacy letters.

Advocacy Tools

Find and Contact Your Elected Officials

Additional Contacts

John W. Mannion | NYS Senate
Developmental Disabilities Committee Chair

Aileen Gunther | Assemblywoman
Assembly District 100
Chair of the Assembly Committee on Mental Health

Thomas J. Abinanti | Assemblyman
Assembly District 92
Chair of the Assembly Committee on Disabilities

In The News:

Care providers, families shocked by funding cuts for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities

A proposed $93 million cut to funding for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities has blindsided families and service providers.

In The News:

The Governor’s Budget Threat to New York’s Most Vulnerable

New York State is at a crossroads when it comes to caring for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Jim Moran, CEO of Care Design NY, urges citizens to take action now. 

In The News:

OPWDD budget increases while providers shoulder cuts

Nonprofit providers fear impact to services for people with disabilities

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Thank you

Because of your help with our advocacy efforts, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are now included as first priority for receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. This is wonderful news and will help our efforts in keeping our community safe and healthy.

If you or your loved one is a member of Southern Tier Connect and are interested in receiving the vaccine, please contact your Care Coordination Manager. They will follow up with you as it becomes available and will help you schedule an appointment.

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capital photo / david renken 2020