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April 8, 2021

Thank You for Your Advocacy

The final NYS FY 2021-2022 budget restored funding to Care Coordination Organizations/Health Homes for people with I/DD!  Thank you to our members, families, Advisory Board members, and officials in the Assembly, Senate, and Governor’s Administration for advocating to save care management services that protect vulnerable New Yorkers. 

For press inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Wales, Director of Communications.

Current News

Long Island Vaccine Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities

For Immediate Release 3.20.21

Long Island, NY – Today, Care Design NY held a pop-up vaccine clinic exclusively for people in the I/DD community in an effort to remove barriers to vaccine access for individuals with I/DD during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Long Island pop up was one of many events Care Design NY is holding in an effort to serve the I/DD community as New York works to vaccinate its most vulnerable populations. The Pop-up clinics were held in Bohemia, Brockville, Plainville and Westhampton Beach and provided vaccinations to 500 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their caregivers. The pop-up comes on the heels of threatening budget cuts to CCOs statewide that would leave programs like Care Design NY without the funding to continue.

Staten Island Vaccine Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities

For Immediate Release 3.20.21

Staten Island, NY – Today, Care Design NY held a pop-up vaccine clinic exclusively for people in the I/DD community in an effort to remove barriers to vaccine access for individuals with I/DD during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Staten Island popup was one of many events Care Design NY is holding in an effort to serve the I/DD community as New York works to vaccinate its most vulnerable populations. The pop-up comes on the heels of threatening budget cuts to CCOs statewide that would leave programs like Care Design NY without the funding to continue.

Bronx Vaccine Clinic in Partnership with Partners Health Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3.16.21

The Bronx, NY – Today, Care Design NY in partnership with Partners Health Plan held a pop-up vaccine clinic exclusively for people in the I/DD community in an effort to remove barriers to vaccine access for individuals with I/DD during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bronx pop up was one of many events Care Design NY is holding in an effort to serve the I/DD community as New York works to vaccinate it’s most vulnerable populations. The pop-up comes on the heels of threatening budget cuts to CCOs statewide that would leave programs like Care Design NY without the funding to continue.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Capital Region Residents with Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3.6.21

ALBANY, NY – Some 250 Capital Region residents with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) received COVID-19 vaccines today at a special vaccination clinic held at SEFCU’s Corporate Center.  This I/DD-specialized clinic is made possible by a unique partnership of community-based organizations dedicated to bringing COVID-19 vaccines to populations challenged with access to the vaccine.

New Yorkers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Must Remain a Priority for Investment

By Senator John W. Mannion | Empire Report | FEB 23, 2021

As a parent who knows firsthand the challenges of a loved one with an intellectual disability, and as a newly elected State Senator and the new Chairman of the New York Senate Committee on Disabilities, I understand the role government must play in supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Capitol Insider: OPWDD budget increases; providers shoulder cuts

BY AMANDA FRIES | TIMES UNION | FEB 15, 2021 AT 6:35 AM

Although the overall budget for the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is expected to increase nearly 3 percent, those who provide direct services to people with disabilities say the cuts are falling on them.

Care providers, families fear hidden funding cuts for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities

BY DENIS SLATTERY | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | FEB 04, 2021 AT 2:26 PM

Family members and service providers supporting some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers say a state agency is secretly slashing funds for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Advocacy: Stop CCO Funding Cuts

Families Fear Budget Cuts to Services for People with I/DD

BY CBS2 | newyork.cbslocal.com | MAR 31, 2021

Albany is now finalizing that state budget, and slashes to care management programs are looming. Some families with loved ones living with developmental or intellectual disabilities worry their case managers will have to go.

NYS Budget Cuts

BY FOX 5 | fox5ny.com | MAR 31, 2021

Advocates say they are afraid the upcoming New York State budget could see major cuts to programs for the developmentally disabled.

Opinion: Don't Cut the Dignity to Work

BY Bin Feng | qns.com | MAR 25, 2021

CCOs are absolutely essential to provide the support and specialized care for people like Vincent to enable success and allow him to take pride in having the dignity of work.

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

By Jim Moran | Gotham Gazette | Feb 25, 2021

New York State is at a crossroads when it comes to caring for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Government officials have a choice to continue divesting from the system leading to irreparable harm for our most vulnerable citizens or they can right the ship by maintaining the investment in the organizations providing support to the majority of individuals in the state with I/DD.

Opinion: Proposed State Budget Cuts Would Dismantle Care for New Yorkers with Disabilities

BY Rachelle Kivanoski | City Limits | FEB 22, 2021 AT 4:13 PM

Care Coordinated Organizations, which advocate for the needs, desires and rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are facing a nearly 40 percent cut in the state’s executive budget.

FY2021 – 2022 CCO/HH Funding
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Click the button below to read Care Design NY's letter to members and families, as well as talking points in regards to the recent funding cuts.


Our mission is to ensure that all New Yorkers with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities can continue to access services for fulfilling, meaningful, and inclusive lives in our communities, especially in the face of this pandemic.

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