Disabled advocacy groups concerned with program revamping

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NEWBURGH – Organizations that provide services for persons with disabilities are worried that the state will change the way the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program is operated.

Douglas Hovey, executive director of Newburgh-based Independent Living, Inc., said if Albany revamps the program, it could interrupt or otherwise disrupt services to those Medicaid-eligible persons in need.

“The way they are going about it is to change the reimbursement method for the administration of these programs so they want to move to a per-member, per-month,” he said. “Unfortunately, the numbers that they are presenting to us, the reimbursement rates, are not sufficient to sustain the program.”

And that, Hovey said, could be detrimental to those being served by it.

With state lawmakers about to conclude this year’s session, he said the 90,000 people receiving the home care services could be negatively impacted.