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.