11-14-14 CP News

Volume #20 – Issue #11


The following four bills, strongly supported by CP of NYS, were recently sent to Governor Cuomo for action.  The Governor has until November 20 to sign or veto these bills.

Please email the Governor at and urge the Governor to sign these bills into law.

  • OPWDD Services Under Managed Care – S.7400-B (Carlucci)/A.9766-A (Gunther) – This bill clarifies that those entities that provide supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities, such as residential, day and employment services, must be public or non-profit entities with experience providing those services under OPWDD regardless of the type of managed care entity.


  • “Front Door” – S.6641-C (Carlucci)/A.8846-C (Weisenberg) – This bill would require the Commissioner of OPWDD to develop a plan to overhaul and improve the “front door” process. This bill will require that the plan be developed in collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council and submitted to the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Majority Leader no later than January 1, 2015 with implementation beginning no later than April 1, 2015.


  • Task Force on Adults with Developmental Disabilities – S.6659-A (Carlucci)/A.8835-A (Gunther) – This bill creates a task force on adults with developmental disabilities charged with studying, evaluating and developing recommendations relating to specific actionable measures to support and meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities including vocational, residential and social needs. The study will also evaluate the long term needs of adults with developmental disabilities who reside with aging caregivers. The recommendations of the Task Force will comprise the basis for a comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of adults with developmental disabilities and will be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2016.


  • People First Act of 2014 – S.1109-D (Maziarz)/A.8452 (Gunther) – This bill requires the Commissioner of OPWDD to conduct a geographic analysis of the supports and services available in a community setting to individuals with developmental disabilities and to identify gaps in supports and services by regions of the state. The Commissioner is also directed to develop a web-based data base which will permit the prioritization of urgency of needs for those facing emergency or immediate need, those facing critical need, defined as additional services and supports within one year and planned need for those who will need additional services and supports within five years or where the individual’s caregiver is over sixty years old.

Barbara Crosier


The 54th CP of NYS Annual Conference saw nearly 700 people from across the state gather at the Hilton Albany Hotel, October 20-22 for 50 educational sessions and meetings focusing on issues critical to people with disabilities, their families as well as people and organizations who support them.

Two sessions, “Kansas & Michigan Experiences With Managed Care” and “Michigan Innovative/Person-Centered Programs,” were recorded; the videos of those sessions will soon be available on the CP of NYS website here.

Other speakers included Honorable Kerry Delaney (Acting Commissioner of the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities), nationally known sportscaster Jason Benetti, Author Rachel Simon, and speech pathologist and iPad consultant Tammy Taylor. Ms. Simon’s closing session on Wednesday morning had 200 attendees hanging on every word. Her talk was based on her highly successful book, “Riding The Bus With My Sister.” Those interested in purchasing a copy of the book can e-mail their request to

On October 20, the CP of NYS Annual Awards Dinner honored individuals and organizations from across the state for their accomplishments and/or their service to people with disabilities. The following evening 74 employees from CP of NYS Affiliates were honored for their years of dedicated service to people with disabilities.

Mark your calendar!  The 2015 CP of NYS Annual Conference will be held October 26-28 at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel in Saratoga Springs.


Louis Russo Award Pic
Louis Russo, of UCP of NYC, received the Al Felmet Achievement Award at the CP of NYS Annual Awards Dinner, October 20 in Albany.

Al Shibley


We previously reported that all businesses must apply for the Workers with Developmental Disabilities Tax Credit (WWDDTC) by the end of this month. That is no longer the case.  Due to the short timeframe, the Department of Labor (DOL) and OPWDD realized that there wasn’t enough time, so enrollment in New York’s Unemployment Insurance system will now constitute an initial application.

Therefore, ALL businesses with an active NYS Unemployment Insurance (UI) account as of November 30, 2014 are eligible to participate in the WWDDTC program.

Below is an update on the new WWDDTC and DOL’s progress developing a procedure for certifying businesses.


1.  All businesses with an active NYS Unemployment Insurance (UI) account as of November 30, 2014 are eligible to participate in the WWDDTC program.

  • Part 1 of the application is enrollment in New York’s UI system, which will constitute an initial application.
  • Part 2 of the application is a “Request for Certification.”  This will be an online form where the business provides the following required information: Business Name; Street Address/City/State/ Zip; FEIN; Point of Contact name/title/phone/email; and Attestation to accuracy of the information. Note that Part 2 does not have to be submitted by November 30 as businesses in the UI system on that date remain eligible for certification.

2. Upon receipt of Part 2, DOL will undertake a Due Diligence review to ensure that the business is in good standing in NYS.  Businesses with a due diligence issue(s) will be contacted by a NYSDOL Business Service Representatives to resolve the issue(s). Businesses that pass due diligence will be mailed a Preliminary Certificate of Eligibility as required by law.

The Part 2 “Request for Certification” application is in testing, and DOL is moving to making it available on the WWDDTC landing page on NYSDOL’s website at the following link.  The following landing page currently contains background information:

Barbara Crosier


CP of NYS Affiliate AccessCNY (formally Enable) has been selected as one of five local non-profits to receive a large software donation from Microsoft. The donation was presented at the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new Microsoft Store in Destiny USA on November 13.

Supporters of AccessCNY were on hand to cheer on AccessCNY’s Executive Director Prudence York as she accepted the gifts. For every 10 AccessCNY supporters that were in attendance at the ribbon cutting, the agency will additionally receive a $1,000 hardware credit!

Al Shibley