Hannon Supports Legislation to Protect OPWDD from Funding Cuts
Senator Hannon voted for legislation that will protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.
The legislation will appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures fall short of projections.
The Senate helped restore a substantial portion of the Governor’s original proposed cuts during this year’s budget negotiations, but the significant cut of $90 million was still pending – threatening to diminish access to important services for thousands of developmentally disabled citizens across the state.
Under a new agreement between the Assembly, Senate and Governor, these programs will now be protected.
A working group established this year came up with new recommendations that achieve savings without impacting important disability-related programs. Under the new agreement, if these savings fall short of $90 million, state funds will be used to make up the difference. This agreement ensures that funding to providers for services will not suffer any further reductions this year.