#bFair2DirectCare CAMPAIGN ASKS YOUR LEGISLATORS TO WRITE THE GOVERNOR
The #bFair2DirectCare Campaign is encouraging legislators to send a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to include $45 million in his Executive Budget Proposal as a first step towards providing a living wage for low wage workers who support people with developmental disabilities.
We ask every Affiliate to follow-up with all of its local legislators and urge them to write to the Governor. Call those legislators known to you or those representing your programs. Tell them that you are following up on a request from the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition that they write to the Governor urging him to include funding to increase the salaries of workers who care for people with developmental disabilities (three flyers with additional information on this request can be found here). Ask if they have taken the action or if they need to have the request and sample letters re-sent.
Since you will most likely speak to a staff person, ask for the email address of the staff person in the legislator’s office who will be responsible for following up with the member so that you can send them all of the information. Request that they send you a copy of their letter to the Governor and please forward a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Provider groups representing more than 250 not-for-profit agencies supporting New Yorkers with disabilities have issued a report calling for a review and refocusing of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (“Justice Center”). The report, “The Justice Center: Opportunity Missed,” is based on responses to a survey from 119 organizations across the state that provide supports and services for people with disabilities. The public release of the report is embargoed until November 2, 2016 at 9:00 am.
View the news release HERE
View the full report HERE
View the Executive Summary HERE