Local agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities are uniting to fight state budget cuts.
Due to an amendment to the state budget, developmental disability service providers would face a 6 percent cut state-wide
That's about $240 million.
It's part of Governor Cuomo's plan to address a $1.1 billion dollar reduction in federal medicaid funding.
Rochester-based CDS Monarch provides services to close to 1,700 people in our area with developmental disabilities.
President and CEO Sankar Sewnauth said "Whether they live in a residence, or go to a day program, or work in a community, or are supported by a medicaid service organization they all need that support. And the funding we receive from the government is helping us do that."
Just two years ago, CDS Monarch lost $2 million in state funding.
The agency learned how to do more with less, all without compromising their care.
This year, another $1.8 million could be taken away.