With all the taxpayer money the state squanders on utterly useless programs...or all the taxpayer money that is lost to fraud or outright theft (if you doubt those things, spend a few minutes perusing Comptroller DiNapoli's missives), you would think the governor could find some other pies to stick his fingers into other than Early Intervention.
According to the information put out on some Assembly members' websites, the governor's "Executive Budget recommends a series of modifications to the Early Intervention Program that will expand insurance coverage and streamline eligibility determinations, without impacting services, to provide significant fiscal and administrative mandate relief to counties and generate savings totaling more than $60 million over five years."
Sounds wonderful, but an organization called United New York Early Intervention & Related Service Providers With Parents as Partners (UNYEIP), composed entirely of volunteers and with no paid lobbyists, says...not so much and not so fast. Read their response to the governor's executive budget proposals, but here are a few highlights:
Many of us know a child with special needs. We may be related to such a child. NYS Early Intervention is a program that has far-reaching societal implications and is a significant, life-changing program for a child with special needs and his/her family.