May 10, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Coalition to Support Legislation Protecting People With Special Needs and Disabilities Grows to Over 100 Members

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the grassroots coalition formed to support the Governors proposed legislation to reform how New York State protects people with special needs and disabilities has grown with more than 100 advocacy groups from across the state now signed on.

 

The Coalition for the Protection of People with Special Needs will participate in a grassroots effort to raise awareness about Governor Cuomo's reforms through community outreach, sharing with family and friends, and discussing the legislation online, via Twitter and Facebook.

 

In addition, these advocates and providers will continue to educate New Yorkers about the state's vulnerable population and the ways in which Governor Cuomo's proposed legislation will help protect those who need our help the most. The Coalition will mobilize New Yorkers with special needs, their family, friends and loved ones to share their experiences and help generate support for Governor Cuomo's sweeping legislation.

 

This week, nearly 700 advocates who were briefed on Governor Cuomo's legislation to create a new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs committed to take action to make sure Albany acts on the proposal this session.

 

The Governors office launched www.justice4specialneeds.com, a website where groups and New Yorkers can learn more about the Governors proposal. The site has an action center where visitors can e-mail family and friends about the initiative, submit a video testimonial about the issue, share with fellow New Yorkers on Twitter and Facebook, and stay in touch with the Governors office about the issue.

 

"Change in Albany only happens when the people make it happen," said Governor Cuomo. "This legislation will make sure that New York leads the nation when it comes to the treatment and protection of people with special needs and disabilities. Now we need New Yorkers to make their voices heard so that Albany will pass our legislative proposal to create a new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs."

 

Paige Pierce, Executive Director of Families Together in NYS, said, "Governor Cuomo's proposed legislation includes real reforms that will help protect vulnerable New Yorkers and prevent further abuses from occurring. In addition, this bill will provide peace of mind for the family, friends and loved ones of those in the states care. The Justice Center will transform monitoring practices and will protect the civil rights of vulnerable people. This is exactly the type of agency that individuals and their families deserve. I am proud to support Governor Cuomo's bill and hope that both the Senate and Assembly will do the same."

 

Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (NYAPRS), said, "This is a tremendous advance in weeding out, prosecuting and preventing any future NYS based human services work for those who abuse New Yorkers with disabilities. The Governor deserves tremendous credit for the care, conviction, innovation and amount of resources that were committed today towards these ends. These initiatives will no doubt save lives and end suffering previously/currently experienced by thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities."

 

Peter Pierri, Executive Director of the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, said, "We applaud Governor Cuomo for this broad initiative to insure the safety and protection of vulnerable people in New York State. Safety and protection are the number one priority for the entire community. We also appreciate his acknowledgment and support for the thousands of direct care workers who are doing great work in their community every day to help people recover and move forward with their lives."

 

John Coppola, Executive Director of the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc., said, "The New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers are committed to working with the Governor and Legislature on this initiative. We are pleased that the Governor has actively engaged consumers and providers in the development of this important work which will not only ensure the safety of persons receiving services, but will also contribute to increased trust and better service outcomes for New Yorkers."

 

Governor Cuomo's proposed Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs will have primary responsibility for tracking, investigating and pursuing serious abuse and neglect complaints for facilities and provider agencies that are operated, certified, or licensed by six state agencies that provide human services.

 

The following groups have agreed to participate in The Coalition for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

 

  • New York State Rehabilitation Association
  • Cerebral Palsy of NYS, Inc.
  • NYS Association of Community & Residential Agencies
  • Parent to Parent of NYS
  • Self-Advocacy Association of NYS
  • Learning Disabilities Association of NYS
  • Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western NY
  • UCP of NYC
  • Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies
  • Alliance of Long Island Agencies for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • NY Association of Emerging and Multicultural Providers
  • Wildwood Programs
  • Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc.
  • Alternative Living Group
  • Centro Civico of Amsterdam, Inc.
  • Human First, Inc.
  • NYS Catholic Conference
  • UCPA of Tri-Counties, Inc.
  • Center for Disability Services
  • Liberty House Foundation, Inc.
  • Job Path
  • UJA Federation of NY
  • Center for Family Supports
  • Independent Residences, Inc
  • Developmental Disabilities Institute
  • Birch Family Services
  • Bais Ezra-Ohel Family Services
  • The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc.
  • Mental Health Association of New York State (MHANYS)
  • New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation (NYAPRS)
  • Families Together in New York State, Inc.
  • Mental Health Empowerment Project
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness - New York State (NAMI-NYS)
  • Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors, Inc.
  • NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
  • Association of Community Living (ACL)
  • New York State Coalition for Children's Mental Health Services
  • New York State Care Management Coalition
  • Services for the Underserved (SUS)
  • Four Winds Hospital - Saratoga
  • NYS Psychological Association
  • National Association of Social Workers - NYS (NASW-NYS)
  • New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc.
  • Friends of Recovery New York
  • Therapeutic Communities Association of NY
  • Coalition for Community Services
  • Addiction Treatment Providers Association
  • Committee of Methadone Program Administrators, Inc (COMPA)
  • Phoenix House, Inc.
  • Hope House, Inc.
  • Odyssey House, Inc.
  • Acacia Network
  • Camelot of Staten Island
  • Outreach Project
  • St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center
  • Liberty Management
  • Samaritan Village
  • Cornerstone Facilities Treatment Network
  • Citizen Advocates, Inc.
  • Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addiction
  • Dynamic Youth
  • Council on Addictions of New York State
  • Greater New York Hospital Association
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • LifeSong, Inc.
  • Independent Living Association
  • IAHD
  • The Mental Health Association of Orange County
  • American Academy of Pediatrics - District II NYS
  • NYS Citizen Coalition for Children
  • Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis (SCAA)
  • NYSARC, Inc Statewide
  • Achieve (Broome-Tioga Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Allegany County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.
  • Arc of Yates (Yates County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Chenango ARC (Chenango County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Genesee ARC (Genesee County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Lexington Center (Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • New Visions (Albany County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • PARC (Putnam County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • The Adirondack ARC ( Franklin-Hamilton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • ARC of Onondaga (Onondaga County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • COARC, (Columbia County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Heritage Centers (Erie County chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Liberty (Montgomery County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Ontario ARC (Ontario County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Seneca-Cayuga ARC (Seneca-Cayuga Counties Chapter, NYSARC, INC.)
  • The Resource Center (Chautauqua County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • The ARCof Steuben (Steuben County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • AHRC New York City (NYC Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • ARC of Oswego (Oswego County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Herkimer ARC (Herkimer County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Madison Cortland ARC (Madison-Cortland CountiesChapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • The Arc of Orleans (Orleans County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • The Arc of Otsego (Otsego Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • AHRC Nassau (Nassau County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Ulster-Greene ARC (Ulster-Greene Chapter, NYSARC,Inc)
  • ARC of Oswego (Oswego County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Herkimer ARC (Herkimer County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara (Niagara County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc)
  • The ARC of Monroe (Monroe County Chapter NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Saratoga Bridges (Saratoga County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • St. Lawrence NYSARC (St. Lawrence County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • The Arc of Delaware County (Delaware County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Oneida-Lewis NYSARC (Oneida-Lewis Counties Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Warren-Washington NYSARC (Warren-Washington Counties, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Westchester ARC (Westchester County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Schoharie County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.
  • Rensselaer County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.
  • AHRC Suffolk (Suffolk County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • ARC of Rockland (Rockland County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Chemung ARC (Chemung County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Dutchess ARC (Dutchess County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Jefferson Rehabilitation Center (Jefferson County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Mountain Lake Services (Essex County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Orange AHRC (Orange County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Schenectady ARC (Schenectady County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • SullivanArc (Sullivan County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming (Livingston-Wyoming Counties Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • The Arc of Schuyler (Schuyler County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • The ReHabilitation Center (Cattaraugus County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
  • Wayne ARC (Wayne County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.)
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