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NYSARC wants $120M restored

NYSARC Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit agency serving people with developmental disabilities, is urging the Legislature and the governor to approve a final budget deal restoring $120 million in state funding to programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.

The reduction is a result of a 6 percent across-the-board cut which was contained in the governor’s budget. When federal funds are included, the cut is $240 million.

“These cuts are catastrophic,” said NYSARC’s executive director, Marc Brandt. “They are in addition to the nearly $350 million in cuts developmental disabilities services have sustained over the past three years.”

Agencies throughout New York state care for 126,000 individuals with developmental disabilities.

“We expect that many agencies will sharply curtail service and some may face closure” as they are unable to meet payroll and pay for goods and services, Brandt said. “Many of these agencies serve vulnerable people, some of whom are medically frail, many of whom require 24-hour care. Many, particularly adults, have no families to step in should an agency fail.”