Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Thursday that a combination of federal and state funds have allowed for up to $60 million of a proposed $120 million cut in services for the developmentally disabled to be restored.
“We’re restoring some of the state money, which will have a Medicaid match as well,” Silver said. “The cut will not be 6 percent. The cut will be less than that. There will be a $60 million restoration as a result.”
Senate Majority Co-Leader Jeff Klein said the legislature was still doing everything it could do reverse the cuts and Co-Leader Dean Skelos said the issue of the budget cuts to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) was still “not closed.”
Gov. Cuomo proposed $120 million cut to OPWDD but the Assembly and Senate passed budgets that restored those cuts. The issue is one of several still unresolved despite Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature announcing last night that they had reached a budget agreement in concept.