Over 270 agencies, including ones serving deaf people, at danger of shutting down

Concerns about the current state of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Programs, otherwise known as CDPAPS, have risen.

News 12 Staff

Feb 23, 2024, 10:56 PM

Updated 139 days ago

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Activists and elected officials are speaking out on the changes in New York City’s budget and the state law as more than 270 agencies that service the deaf and blind communities are in danger of closing.
Concerns about the current state of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Programs, otherwise known as CDPAPS, have risen. These programs supply aids proficient in multiple sign languages that are essential for the deaf community.
"Go to DMV there's no translating services, go to HRA services there's no translating services, the hospitals usually don't have translating services,” said Gary Farber, vice president of the United Hands Organization.
The state’s Department of Health says that the CDPAPS have to comply with certain rules to receive a contract award – otherwise, they have to close their doors.
"By hurting the small community-based health care, that is going to greatly hurt the ability of these communities to get services,” said Ed Kelley of CDPAP NY United.
To combat the current standing legislation, advocates have drafted a bill to help keep these CDPAP agencies established and continuing to provide services.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Leroy Comrie and Assembly Member Nader Sayegh, look to keep essential service like home care attendants and community spaces active.
Advocates say they fear that the CDPAP agencies can be closed at any moment, urging for immediate action to take place.
News 12 has reached out to the state Department of Health in regard to this issue and is awaiting a response.


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