Urgent Action Alert!
Call today to ensure the $1M IL funding increase is included in the final budget.Thanks to all your hard work, the legislature included a $1 million increase for ILCs across the State in their one house budget proposals. Today, the Senate, Assembly, and the Governor are now finalizing budget negotiations and we are running out of time to make sure that ILCs receive the $1 million increase! We are hearing there is a disagreement on the amount of education aid they will provide – the part of the budget that funds Independent Living Centers. Call today to make sure our modest increase is included!
Make three calls today!
- Call Governor Cuomo today at 518-474-8390 and urge him to support the $1 million increase to Independent Living Centers as proposed by the Senate and Assembly.
- Call the two Co-Chairs of the Budget Education committee and urge them to include the $1 million increase to the network of Independent Living Centers in the final Budget.
Carl L. Marcelino, Co-Chair #518-455-2390.
ILCs provide critical services to people with disabilities all designed to assist them in navigating the ever-changing service system in order to live independent, fully integrated lives in the community. As the State continues to redesign health care in ways that are intended to increase quality and decrease costs, ILCs play a crucial role. ILCs provide a wide range of services based on the local needs, all of which are aimed at addressing the social determinants of health: education, employment, housing, social skills.
ILCs have been woefully underfunded for the past twelve years while the cost of doing business has increased dramatically, creating a crisis for centers and the people with disabilities they serve. In 2015/2016, the state’s network of ILCs served 103,573 people with disabilities, family members and others; an increase of more than 20,000 in just five years. This demonstrates the pressing need for IL services in communities, and the number served would likely be higher had the IL funding kept up with the capacity needs of centers.
Furthermore, investing in ILCs saves the State money. Data from the New York State Education Department, ACCES-VR, show that the work of ILCs to transition and divert people with disabilities from costly institutional placements saved the State more than $2.3 billion since 2001 as a result of avoided institutional care. ILC transition and diversion activities save the State more than $9 in institutionalization costs for every state dollar invested in ILCs.
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