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Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State We fight for . Visit our website to learn more. CDPAANYS began as a forceful grassroots effort.

A grassroots campaign of New Yorkers who love Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA), a life-saving program that allows disabled citizens to live with dignity, autonomy & more. Many advocates, people with disabilities and individuals supportive of this burgeoning model began meeting in 1997. Fresh from the victory of securing legislative passage of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance P

A grassroots campaign of New Yorkers who love Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA), a life-saving program that allows disabled citizens to live with dignity, autonomy & more. Many advocates, people with disabilities and individuals supportive of this burgeoning model began meeting in 1997. Fresh from the victory of securing legislative passage of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance P

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10/20/2022
Easy Virtual Fair

As part of the NYS Office of the Chief Disability Officer and New York State Department of Labor's Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month (D.R.E.A.M.) celebration, a virtual career fair will be held on Tuesday, October 25 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

If you are a job seeker looking to connect with employers who provide accessible work environments, you can register for free using the link below.

https://nysdolvirtual12.easyvirtualfair.com/

EasyVirtualFair, the leading HTML5 software for online events, is operating worldwide and empowering companies and institutions to organize their own fair, collect leads and make revenue instantly.

"We were proud to help win the first down payment in home-care wages this year — and we’ll continue fighting to make sur...
10/06/2022
The home-care worker raise that wasn’t

"We were proud to help win the first down payment in home-care wages this year — and we’ll continue fighting to make sure we win full funding for . But as we work to deliver fair wages, the state must play its part by demanding private insurance companies deliver every dollar to agencies and workers — and publicly report how much money insurance companies are paying."

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-home-care-workers-raise-20221005-h33pjguwgvfnzcpwl4zesbha3q-story.html

home-care workers and our allies in Albany fought long and hard for higher home-care wages this year — so why is the state letting private insurance companies pocket this money?

CDPAANYS and New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc. surveyed our members this week and reported that ...
10/03/2022
As NY’s Home Health Aides Get Pay Bump, Insurance Companies Leave Employers in the Lurch

CDPAANYS and New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc. surveyed our members this week and reported that as of 9/30, 87 percent had not yet received a rate amendment, and 61 percent were actually offered decreased rates.

https://citylimits.org/2022/09/30/as-nys-home-health-aides-get-pay-bump-insurance-companies-leave-employers-in-the-lurch/

A state-funded increase in wages for the frontline workers begins Saturday, but companies say insurance providers are withholding the money.

We are marching in NYC tomorrow and look forward to seeing many of you there.Will we see you there to show up and suppor...
09/29/2022
RSVP: 9/30 NYC March for Home Care Heroes

We are marching in NYC tomorrow and look forward to seeing many of you there.

Will we see you there to show up and support home care heroes, not insurance profits?

LINK TO RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2hpEr4l5nXGBOnLjicTS3-iAQURmpxRsRuamU7QyHZy1L0A/viewform

Meet at 11 AM by Healthfirst headquarters near Park Place & Church Street, march down the Canyon of Heroes starting at 11:30.

WHAT: March for our Home Care Heroes. WHEN: Meet at 11:00 AM, march at 11:30 down the "Canyon of Heroes". WHERE: Meet at Park Place & Church Street. March down Broadway, end at the Charging Bull statue. WHY: The Department of Health is giving $329 million to private insurance companies to fund the $...

On October 1, minimum wage for home care workers will rise by $2/hour. However, there are serious issues with the implem...
09/22/2022

On October 1, minimum wage for home care workers will rise by $2/hour. However, there are serious issues with the implementation of these raises that are jeopardizing the entire home care system.

We are asking you to call Governor Hochul today at 518-474-8390. Tell her:

Governor Kathy Hochul, On October 1, minimum wage for home care workers will rise by $2/hour. Will you make sure that state funding makes it to home care workers and agencies, not private insurance companies? If you don't, the entire system is at risk, and it's older adults and disabled people who will pay the price.

Are you a Consumer or Designated Representative who is interested in attending a vibrant 2-day conference all about CDPA...
09/14/2022
CDPAANYS Conference Scholarship Application

Are you a Consumer or Designated Representative who is interested in attending a vibrant 2-day conference all about CDPA?

CDPAANYS is happy to continue offering scholarships to eligible consumers & designated representatives, funded entirely by raffle tickets sold during happy hour at the conference each year.

We encourage you to apply!

https://forms.gle/Q3kC754V2UH6zFvC8

Please complete the following questions to apply for a scholarship to attend CDPAANYS' 19th Annual Conference, October 26-27 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. All applications will be reviewed anonymously by a committee of CDPAANYS representatives and scored by a common set of standards. Confere...

As we all know, minimum wage for home care workers & CDPA personal assistants will increase by $2/hour on October 1 - le...
09/02/2022
Demand accountability and transparency of wage increase funding

As we all know, minimum wage for home care workers & CDPA personal assistants will increase by $2/hour on October 1 - less than a month away.

Currently, there is no system in place to guarantee that fiscal intermediaries and home care agencies will be paid enough/on time so that they can pay for these wage increases. We need your help!

Just over a year ago, Governor Kathy Hochul pledged to the people of New York that her administration would be marked by a new era of transparency and accountability. As people who care about CDPA, who care about home care, and who care about community-based services, we need to hold her to this. We must call on the Governor to tell her NYSDOH - New York State Health Department that it must impose that transparency and accountability on Medicaid managed care plans so that the hundreds of millions of dollars meant to help agencies pay workers $2 more per hour go to workers - not managed care executives.

Take a minute and write the Governor using the link below.

https://cdpaanys.org/advocacy-news/votervoice-action-center/?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f97400%2fRespond

Gov. Kathy Hochul, dressed in Suffragette white, stands at a podium with the NYS seal on a blue background, delivering her remarks as she becomes the 57th Governor of New York. Just over a year ago, Governor Hochul pledged to the people of New...

ICYMI: We recorded the webinar from 8/26 on Int. 0175. Below are three action steps you can take now:1. Find your city C...
08/30/2022
Who Represents Me: NYC

ICYMI: We recorded the webinar from 8/26 on Int. 0175.

Below are three action steps you can take now:

1. Find your city Councilmember and call to request that they either remove sponsorship of Intro 175 or not sponsor, as appropriate: https://www.mygovnyc.org/

2. RSVP to attend the rally at City Hall on September 6 at noon (Broadway and Murray, SE corner): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YX5lLuZsvaBJ6f7_IUU0ma21A_b0Yb_NhezU4SugG2k/viewform?edit_requested=true

3. Register to testify, in-person or online, at the September 6, 1 p.m. hearing in City Hall: https://council.nyc.gov/testify/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSXcYzYDt6s

A service of the Graduate Center, City University of New York by the Center for Urban Research in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the City of New York.

This Friday, August 26!Home Care Under Threat: Webinar on NYC Council Bill Int. 0175DescriptionThe New York City Council...
08/23/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Home Care Under Threat: Webinar on NYC Council Bill Int. 0175. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

This Friday, August 26!

Home Care Under Threat: Webinar on NYC Council Bill Int. 0175
Description

The New York City Council is trying to pass a bill (Int. 0175) that will limit overtime hours home care workers and PAs can work, and will make it illegal for home care agencies and FIs to pay for 24-hour live-in care.

The impact of Int. 0175 could be the destruction of home care and CDPA in New York City. If passed, we expect immediate and severe workforce shortages that impact only the people who need home care the most: those with high hours, and those who are already struggling to retain workers.

We invite you to learn what we can and must do to work together and stop this from passing.

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yLugoHDqRlWEe4jYWZhAnw

The New York City Council is trying to pass a bill (Int. 0175) that will limit overtime hours home care workers and PAs can work, and will make it illegal for home care agencies and FIs to pay for 24-hour live-in care. The impact of Int. 0175 could be the destruction of home care and CDPA in New Yor...

Renee and thousands of other New Yorkers need  now, more than ever.Fair Pay not only increases wages for home care worke...
08/17/2022
Advocates ramp up push for Fair Pay for Home Care bill in New York

Renee and thousands of other New Yorkers need now, more than ever.

Fair Pay not only increases wages for home care workers and personal assistants in a meaningful way in the current climate of inflation and economic anxiety - it also requires direct pass throughs via reimbursement channels to ensure providers get their fair share.

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/politics/2022/08/16/western-ny-advocates-ramp-up-push-for-fair-pay-for-home-care-bill

The bill would raise wages by 150% of the minimum.

CDPAANYS will be participating in the ADA 32 Celebration at the Palisades Center next week. This expo, hosted by United ...
07/21/2022
CDPAANYS on Twitter

CDPAANYS will be participating in the ADA 32 Celebration at the Palisades Center next week. This expo, hosted by United Spinal Association Hudson Valley Chapter and BRIDGES, celebrates the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Come see us from 3-7 pm on July 26!

https://twitter.com/CDPAANYS/status/1549777509213999105

“CDPAANYS will be participating in the ADA 32 Celebration at the at this special event hosted by and Hudson Valley. Come see us from 3-7 pm on July 26!”

"This is my plea: listen to disabled and chronically ill people, especially those of us who require home care. Learn abo...
07/20/2022
A List of Demands: A Living Wage for Home Care Aids Supports Disabled People - Rooted in Rights

"This is my plea: listen to disabled and chronically ill people, especially those of us who require home care. Learn about the history of our treatment in this state, country, and around the world. Use that knowledge to advocate on our behalf when we ask you to, as I do now. Support the workers who support us—not just for us, but because we can’t win in isolation. We all deserve what we need to thrive."



https://rootedinrights.org/a-list-of-demands-a-living-wage-for-home-care-aids-supports-disabled-people/

I am angry—angry that Fair Pay for Home Care was not fully funded in New York’s budget in January 2022. And angry that the small pay increase that was approved won’t solve New York’s severe shortage of home care workers. This crisis has forced me to go without much-needed assistance every we...

"It has never been more crucial to invest in the people who care for us and our loved ones."https://www.aclu.org/news/ci...
07/19/2022
Home Care Workers Protect the Civil Liberties of People with Disabilities. They Need Protection, Too | News & Commentary | American Civil Liberties Union

"It has never been more crucial to invest in the people who care for us and our loved ones."

https://www.aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/home-care-workers-protect-the-civil-liberties-of-people-with-disabilities-they-need-protection-too

The safety and dignity of home health aides is inextricably linked with the safety and dignity of those they care for.

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day across New York State for the following public offices:GovernorLieutenant GovernorState...
06/27/2022

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day across New York State for the following public offices:

Governor
Lieutenant Governor
State Assembly
Other statewide offices, including certain judicial and school board seats

Do you have a voting plan?

Tomorrow at 10 AM! Join a panel of providers who have worked together alongside consumers and home care workers on fight...
06/23/2022
Fair Pay for Providers: Understanding the Impact

Tomorrow at 10 AM!
Join a panel of providers who have worked together alongside consumers and home care workers on fighting for .

The impact of increasing wages is well understood as relating to consumers and workers - but providers also stand to greatly benefit. CDPAANYS is excited to welcome panelists Faigie Horowitz (Caring Professionals), Carlyn Cowen (Chinese American Planning Council), and Adria Powell (Cooperative Home Care Associates).

This session is provided for free. All are welcome to join.

Online registration for Fair Pay for Providers: Understanding the Impact.

06/14/2022

“Sometimes I’m tired enough that I think I can’t do this anymore,” said Karen Eichelberger, 65, a Chautauqua County resident and the primary caregiver for her husband, who suffers from Lewy Body dementia, which affects a person’s thinking, memory and movement.

He qualified for 80 hours of care a week through Medicaid, but Eichelberger can only find aides to cover about a quarter of that.

https://buffalonews.com/business/local/caregiver-shortage-no-pool-of-people-to-pull-from-now/article_769c12ce-e754-11ec-a974-4f66fec59629.html

"Caring for ill or aging family members takes a heavy emotional and financial toll on the caregiver, even when home care...
06/06/2022
Home care crisis leaves New Yorkers without aides and families face burnout

"Caring for ill or aging family members takes a heavy emotional and financial toll on the caregiver, even when home care workers are available," Ornstein said.

But raising the appeal of the home care field by increasing wages and benefits will send a message that New York supports both home care workers and family caregivers, and that home care is a viable option for aging New Yorkers or those with disabilities.



https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2022/06/02/new-yorkers-without-aides-face-burnout-during-home-care-crisis/9458825002/?fbclid=IwAR2ENUmw-N9Y1lI8mPSbpGJZY5WrVjd34_QKJOi4NB22v3O0pT7BQxpR3T4

“The state pays home care workers poverty wages, and they’re leaving the sector in droves."

Effective May 16, the New York Independent Assessor has taken the place of the Conflict-Free Evaluation & Enrollment Cen...
05/19/2022
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Effective May 16, the New York Independent Assessor has taken the place of the Conflict-Free Evaluation & Enrollment Center.

If you have active Medicaid and are looking to enroll in community-based long term services & supports such as CDPA or personal care for the first time, you can schedule an evaluation from the NYIA by calling 855-222-8350.

Here is a link to the NYIA website:

https://nyia.com/en

The New York Independent Assessor program conducts assessments of New York Medicaid members who want to receive community based long term services and supports.

Congratulations to Sally Johnston, who was inducted last night into the 2022 class in New York State Independent Living ...
05/13/2022

Congratulations to Sally Johnston, who was inducted last night into the 2022 class in New York State Independent Living Council, Inc.'s Disability Rights Hall of Fame.

Sally has been an integral part of the fight for disability rights in New York State, and it was her advocacy that led to the formation of consumer directed personal assistance in New York State. Without Sally, there would be no CDPA and choices for New Yorkers with disabilities would look very different today.

WEBINAR ALERT! Fraud in Self-Direction: What does the Data Tell Us?Molly Morris & James ToewsApplied Self-DirectionFrida...
05/06/2022
Fraud in Self-Direction: What Does the Data Tell Us?

WEBINAR ALERT!

Fraud in Self-Direction: What does the Data Tell Us?
Molly Morris & James Toews
Applied Self-Direction

Friday, May 13, 2022 at Noon

Register today for exclusive access to this virtual event!

"There is a pervasive and long-standing narrative that personal care services, and specifically self-directed personal care programs, are highly susceptible to fraud. This narrative stems from numerous publications from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). However, when you look at the data, it is clear that fraud occurs at exceedingly low rates within personal care services and self-directed personal care.

During this session, Applied Self-Direction’s James Toews and Molly Morris will review Applied Self-Direction’s research analyzing data from the FY2020 annual report of Medicaid Fraud Control Units and their efforts to dispel the prevalent myth that self-direction is uniquely susceptible to fraud. James and Molly will also explore the implications of their findings for the use of electronic visit verification (EVV) in self-direction programs."

https://cdpaanys.regfox.com/fraud-in-self-direction-what-does-the-data-tell-us

Online registration for Fraud in Self-Direction: What Does the Data Tell Us?.

Did you know that May is National Older Americans Month, designated by the Administration on Community Living since 1963...
05/02/2022
History of Older Americans Month | ACL Administration for Community Living

Did you know that May is National Older Americans Month, designated by the Administration on Community Living since 1963?

https://acl.gov/oam/history

OAM History When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting i...

This Thursday at 1:00 PM! Please join CDPAANYS Community Organizer Jose Hernandez, CDPAANYS President & New York Caring ...
04/25/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: : A Grassroots Movement that Changed New York. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

This Thursday at 1:00 PM!

Please join CDPAANYS Community Organizer Jose Hernandez, CDPAANYS President & New York Caring Majority Hudson Valley Leader Kendra Scalia, and Sage Jobsis & Mark Ressl for a webinar on how grew from a tiny grassroots movement to one of the top three biggest issues in this year's New York State budget.

Register using the link below. We look forward to seeing you!

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MDzIbWY1Qsm1ff8BA_APmg

CDPAANYS is thrilled to present an opportunity to learn from leaders in the movement about how this grassroots movement came to drastically alter New York's discussion on home care wages and the workforce crisis. Featuring Jose Hernandez (CDPAANYS Community Organizer), Kendra Scali...

Yesterday was a packed day of action in Albany as we rallied in the final push for  together as part of New York Caring ...
04/05/2022

Yesterday was a packed day of action in Albany as we rallied in the final push for together as part of New York Caring Majority.

We recognized legislative care champions, filled the government buildings with signs, interrupted the governor's press conference, and in the evening, 22 of us including our Executive Director & Board President were arrested at the Capitol for refusing to leave.

The fight is STILL not over, and we're hearing extender bills are on the table.

Both the New York state Senate and Assembly included the May-Gottfried “Fair Pay for Home Care” bill in their one-house ...
04/02/2022
Advocates for 'Fair Pay for Home Care' fight for final NY budget inclusion

Both the New York state Senate and Assembly included the May-Gottfried “Fair Pay for Home Care” bill in their one-house budgets. It would direct the state commissioner of health to set regional minimum rates of reimbursement for home care aides under Medicaid and managed care plans.

The question now is whether Gov. Kathy Hochul will approve the measure.

https://nystateofpolitics.com/state-of-politics/new-york/politics/2022/03/31/advocates-for--fair-pay-for-home-care--fight-for-final-budget-inclusion

It would raise minimum wage for home care workers.

The budget is late - which means there is still time for us to rally and push Fair Pay over the finish line. As you may ...
04/01/2022
Let's GO Big for Fair Pay for Home Care

The budget is late - which means there is still time for us to rally and push Fair Pay over the finish line. As you may have seen, Fair Pay for Home Care is one of the hottest issues in this year's budget - along with bail reform, the Bills stadium & gas taxes.

Care can't wait. The home care worker shortage is a widespread crisis that affects everybody. Our own staff, our own board members - people who are well connected and subject matter experts - are suffering greatly because they simply can't find assistants who want to do home care for minimum wage.

So we're asking. Will you join CDPAANYS and the Caring Majority in a final day of action in Albany on Monday, 4/4 at noon to win ?

https://actionnetwork.org/events/lets-go-big-for-fair-pay-pay-albany-day?clear_id=true&link_id=6&can_id=a0219eee37c99ad9c3149fcbdb8473cd&source=email-its-april-1-but-we-havent-won-fairpay4homecare-yet&email_referrer=email_1497374&email_subject=its-april-1-but-the-fight-for-fairpay4homecare-isnt-over

The full legislature is behind us, now we just need Governor Hochul to lead the nation by including in this year's budget. The budget is late and we aren't going anywhere! Join the Caring Majority in another big push in Albany on Monday!

03/31/2022

Happening right now. Not budging until Governor Hochul signs a budget including

03/31/2022

LIVE at the Capitol

It has been a busy week at the Capitol and the Senate and Assembly are in the final hours of negotiations before the bud...
03/31/2022

It has been a busy week at the Capitol and the Senate and Assembly are in the final hours of negotiations before the budget is finalized.

CDPAANYS and our partners at New York Caring Majority have been here all week pushing for lawmakers to make a priority. We have seen news coverage across outlets, support from both houses and all parties of the Legislature.

If you haven't already, PLEASE urge Governor Hochul to include Fair Pay for Home Care in the final budget.

If you are a New Yorker struggling to find home care due to the low pay, Governor Hochul urgently needs to hear your sto...
03/29/2022
VIRTUAL Speak-Out in the Governor's Office!

If you are a New Yorker struggling to find home care due to the low pay, Governor Hochul urgently needs to hear your story.

Join our virtual speak-out from wherever you are. It will be projected onto a screen in the Governor's Office so your stories fill the halls of power with the urgent need to include Fair Pay for Home Care in this year's budget.

There are just days left til the budget is final. We have the entire state legislature behind us. We are now waiting on Governor Hochul and Care Can't Wait.

At this speak-out, you will hear stories from dozens of New Yorkers who are all in some way impacted by New York's worst-in-the-nation workforce shortage and learn how you can take action in these last crucial days before the budget is final.

Register today for the ZOOM Link!

Closed Captioning and Visual Description will be provided

https://actionnetwork.org/events/virtual-speak-out?clear_id=true&link_id=2&can_id=9f33de12f5795826eee2d6c85448531a&source=email-this-is-it-win-or-lose-for-fair-pay-for-home-care&email_referrer=email_1491460&email_subject=this-week-fairpay4homecare-final-countdown

If you are a New Yorker struggling to find home care due to the low pay, Governor Hochul urgently needs to hear your story. Join our virtual speak-out from wherever you are. It will be projected onto a screen in the Governor's Office so your stories fill the halls of power with the urgent need to in...

Today, Rep. Ritchie Torres and Bronx legislators, plus Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson gathered to speak out i...
03/25/2022

Today, Rep. Ritchie Torres and Bronx legislators, plus Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson gathered to speak out in support of and call on Governor Kathy Hochul to include Fair Pay in the final budget.

The Bronx is home to more people in need of home care per capita than almost anywhere else in New York State, as well as a large portion of the NYC home care workforce.

We have one week to go!

Michele Bailey, 61, a former aide of Sgueglia’s, left home care in 2020 after 12 years in the field. The last time they ...
03/25/2022
New York's home care industry is in turmoil. Here's how it got there.

Michele Bailey, 61, a former aide of Sgueglia’s, left home care in 2020 after 12 years in the field.

The last time they saw each other was that March. She’s now an assistant manager at a Saratoga County Price Chopper, where she oversees the bakery for $19 an hour.

Bailey found the choice to leave home care heartbreaking.

"Do I feel like I’m making as much of a difference, making sure people have cupcakes over helping people live the best they can?" she said. "No."



https://www.timesunion.com/state/article/New-York-s-home-care-industry-is-in-turmoil-17012432.php?IPID=Times-Union-HP-CP-spotlight

The home care industry in New York is facing an unprecedentedly severe staffing crisis.

“Raising the minimum wage [through ] would address almost all of our struggles of finding home care,” said Scalia. “In t...
03/23/2022
‘I sleep in my wheelchair’: Hudson Valley residents struggle to find home care

“Raising the minimum wage [through ] would address almost all of our struggles of finding home care,” said Scalia.

“In the past 18-plus months that my brother has been my only worker, I’ve had hundreds of interviews looking for candidates to fill this job. Every person I offered a job to said they can’t accept it because of the pay.”

https://www.timesunion.com/hudsonvalley/news/article/fair-home-care-pay-17012003.php

Lack of home care aides makes daily living challenging for Orange County residents...

03/22/2022
03/18/2022
For those who were not able to catch United Spinal Association of NYC's webinar on , we urge you to watch as advocacy le...
03/18/2022
and Why it Matters

For those who were not able to catch United Spinal Association of NYC's webinar on , we urge you to watch as advocacy leaders from the community share what life is really like when you can't find home care workers.

Lack of access to home care services isn't just an inconvenience. It is the difference between living at home and living in a nursing home. Sleeping in bed versus sleeping in a wheelchair and resulting pressure sores and injuries. Being able to eat nutritious food when you're hungry, and going without.

We are so close to winning - but unless Governor Kathy Hochul fully funds Fair Pay in the final budget, New Yorkers will continue to go without the home care services they NEED.

New York Caring Majority

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ993OyoIXU

A growing critical shortage of home care workers threatens the independence of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities. This webinar will show how ...

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Consumer Directed Action of New York (CDANY) is now officially on Facebook!

CDANY is the 501(c)(4) sister organization to Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State.

Formed in summer 2022, CDANY's mission is to build self-directed power throughout the state of New York.

We will work with aging and disabled New Yorkers and fiscal intermediaries, as well as allied organizations, to promote, strengthen, and enhance the New York State Medicaid program’s consumer directed personal assistance program (sometimes referred to herein as “CDPA”), home care and community-based long-term supports and services, and to a lesser extent, the Medicaid program overall.

To accomplish this goal, CDANY will organize CDPA consumers and agencies, as well as allies who are supportive of the efforts, to engage with government representatives in a variety of ways, including lobbying, testifying at public hearings, and direct actions.
The HHAeXchange team is excited to be here at the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) 19th Annual Conference! Visit our booth today to learn more about how our software simplifies management.
SCS Pooled Trust exhibiting at the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy.

Come by and see how we can help you with all things Medicaid.

This Friday, join New York Caring Majority and Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State for a march down Wall Street to honor our homecare heroes and advocate for the $2 increase to go to the workers, not into the pockets of insurance companies!

Wall Street March for Home Care Heroes - Not Insurance Profits!

Friday, 9/30
Meet @ 11 AM Park Place & Church St.
March down Canyon of Heroes @ 11:30

Friday, 9/30 11 AM - 1 PM
100 Church St. NYC 10007
In person, outdoors
Signs encouraged!
The "No More 24" bill (Int. 0175) in the city council would put home care at risk for people with disabilities and seniors!

Find your city councilmember: http://www.mygovnyc.org

Join us at the news conference and hearing: https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=984025&GUID=2387FC67-BCAC-4108-8967-0417E9E3E083&Options=info%7C&Search=

Register to testify at the hearing: https://council.nyc.gov/testify/

Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSXcYzYDt6s&ab_channel=CDPAANYS (webinar by Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State) and https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-how-to-protect-new-yorks-home-care-workers-20220810-es7imxcrhbeqvca5ib7w772d7y-story.html (Daily News op-ed by BCID systems advocate Elizabeth Valdez).

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"No More 24" Puts Home Care in Danger

Intro. 0175 would leave people with disabilities and seniors without home care. What can you do?

Call your city council member.

Call your city councilmember and ask them to vote no on the bill. If they’re sponsoring, ask them to withdraw their sponsorship. You can find your city councilmember by going to https://www.mygovnyc.org/.

Attend the news conference and hearing.

Join us at a news conference at noon next Tuesday, September 6, at City Hall and then attend the hearing on the bill at 1 PM.

Register to testify.

If you’d like to testify at the hearing, you can sign up to testify in person or via Zoom. Share your experience of how this bill would cause you and/or your loved ones to lose needed care!

Spread the word.

Share this infographic and other information about the bill on your social media. Tell people why Intro. 0175 harms people who use home care services and urge them to get involved in the fight.]
We're thrilled to join the Civics League for Disability Rights on Monday, July 25, at 2pm for its special ADA Panel Discussion to
celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

Details are below! Let's celebrate together!

New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities United Spinal Association of NYC Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled Center for Independence of the Disabled New York Downstate New York ADAPT Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State Wheeling Forward Axis Project
Advocates from across the state continue to make their voices heard at the Capitol in support of . The Senate and Assembly have listened and included this important legislation in their one-house budgets. Join CDChoices, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State New York Caring Majority and more at the Capitol tomorrow (Thursday 4/7) to remind our legislators we are depending on them! Contact our office for more information or to register.

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Join the New York Caring Majority and the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State as we hear stories from individuals with disabilities who are struggling to find home care.
Proud to stand with Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State, New York Association on Independent Living and colleagues to voice once again my full support to the Fair Pay for Home Care Act. I will work hard to have it included in this year's final budget. This overdue measure will protect and uplift so many essential workers.
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State out advocating today for . Are you listening Governor Kathy Hochul ? Please support this legislation and include it in your budget.
TOMORROW: COVID-19 Vaccines And You! RSVP for tomorrow’s event at 2:00pm!

Join Rachael Stacom, Nurse Practitioner and ICS Senior Vice President of Population Health, and Marcus Johnson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC and ICS Advocacy Manager, for a discussion on the pandemic, the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and tips on how to deal with mental health challenges and stress.

Sign up: https://bit.ly/3pKmtUw

United Spinal Association of NYC New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Center for Independence of the Disabled New York Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled Downstate New York ADAPT Axis Project Community Civics League for Disability Rights Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State
Tomorrow at 10am, join Senator May and me for a roundtable discussion on the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). This Medicaid funded program supports caregivers caring at home for individuals with chronic medical issues or disabilities. Although proven very effective, changes to the program have made accessing and enrolling more difficult. We’ve invited families, advocates, agencies and Bryan O’Malley, the Executive Director for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State to share the benefits and challenges of the current program and steps we can take to improve it. This session will be live streamed via Facebook onNYS Senator Rachel May ’s page.
Let’s address New York’s urgent home care shortage, and pass the Fair Pay for Home Care bill. Home care workers are essential and deserve living wages.



1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
AARP New York
Aging-NY
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ]
NAACP New York State Conference
New York Caring Majority
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State
Chinese-American Planning Council
Cooperative Home Care Associates
CaringKind - The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving
LiveOn NY
UJA-Federation of New York
Catch Gov. Hochul's live announcement on establishment of Office of theState Chief Disability Officer this afternoon @ 1:15 pm. https://www.governor.ny.gov/

New York Association on Independent Living Center for Disability Rights Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State
It's Budget Advocacy Week! 🗣 There's still time to register for the NYAIL and CDPAANYS Advocacy Day event starting at 10 am today. Link below!

New York Association on Independent Living Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State
Home care workers are essential and deserve living wages. We have to address New York’s urgent home care shortage, and pass the Fair Pay for Home Care bill.



1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
AARP New York
Aging-NY
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ]
NAACP New York State Conference
New York Caring Majority
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State
Chinese-American Planning Council
Cooperative Home Care Associates
CaringKind - The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving
LiveOn NY
UJA-Federation of New York
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