NY House budget proposal restores developmentally disabled cuts
The New York State Assembly and State Senate have presented a budget that would restore the proposed $120 million in cuts to developmentally disabled programs.
The budget would also restore an additional $20 million to maintain state-operated mental health services in addition to the services provided by volunteer organizations.
“Many of these organizations provide around-the-clock care to individuals who reside in group homes or apartments, including home-cooked meals,” noted Assemblymember Joseph Lentol. “The Assembly’s funding restoration will allow individuals with developmental disabilities to live productive and happy lives.”
Paul Cassone, executive director of the Guild for Exceptional Children and chair of the Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Council, said that he was “very encouraged” by the fact that the Assembly and Senate had included the full restoration of the proposed six percent cuts in their budgets.