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Support for the Developmentally Diabled

Statewide advocacy groups are calling on Governor Cuomo to amend this year's state budget to greater benefit the developmentally disabled.
 
Support services like the ACHIEVE program in Dickenson, provide those with developmental disabilities a way to integrate into the community. But those programs have been cut by almost 400 million dollars over the past four years.  More funding would give these individuals access to support systems, and allow them to live their lives to the fullest.

"With the federal medicaid funding shrinking it always has an impact on programs like ours and to balance the budget the resources have to come from somewhere. But we're advocating that it not be from the population that we serve some of our most vulnerable citizens," said CEO of ACHIEVE Mary Jo Thorn.

The petition is for over 11 million dollars in additional state shared funding. Currently more than 14 thousand individuals are lacking in day to day services.

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