HELP SAVE services for Infants and Toddlers
  • Petitioned GOVERNOR CUOMO

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HELP SAVE services for Infants and Toddlers

    1. Lily Sanabria-Hernandez
    2. Petition by

      Lily Sanabria-Hernandez

      Floral Park, NY

The Governor's misguided proposals to change the current system of education readiness through Early Intervention for tens of thousands of toddlers into a medical model with insurance companies setting the rates and the rules and even controlling who can provide services would be devastating. It horribly undermines both the philosophical and practical foundations of our very successful Early Intervention Program that has been built here in New York State. I and so many thousands of New York parents and professionals are relying on you to REJECT it. The Journal of the American Medical Association has demonstrated in a striking cost-benefit analysis how for every $1 invested in Early Intervention, over $7 is saved, in the form of decreased expenditures in future programs. Indeed, Early Intervention has saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades by avoiding far more expensive and extensive preschool and school-age special education costs. Early Intervention is a cost SAVER and literally a life saver. I urge you to help us stop the Governor’s ill-conceived and destructive proposals to Early Intervention.

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    1. SUCCESS!

      Lily Sanabria-Hernandez
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday of this week the Assembly and the Senate voted to REJECT the Governor's proposed takeover of Early Intervention by the insurance industry. 
This is a stunning victory for all of us who care about E.I. However this is not the end of the budget process. Now the Legislature must negotiate with the Governor to arrive at a budget agreement that will be supported by both the Legislature and the Governor. The budget needs to be finalized before April 1 so we will keep you closely apprised as the process proceeds and also let you know what more we may need to do to insure the integrity of our Early Intervention programs.

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. OUR BABIES NEED US TO BE THEIR VOICES!

      Lily Sanabria-Hernandez
      Petition Organizer

      So far, we have 360 signatures from all over the country. We need to raise our voices and take a stand for the future of our children. Please help me do this by sharing this with everyone you know!

    4. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dorothea Kempel SELMONT, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Why foul up such an effective program? To cut the budget a few more dollars? It frightens me that this program be handed over to be in the hands of insurance companies. Short sightedness.

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    • peter saginario NORTH MASSAPEQUA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      You are not simply ruining the economic lives of therapists you are attempting to destroy the futures of the childre who desperately need these services

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    • Adriana Pepin BRONX, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      A cause near to my heart as a person who has worked with children and adults affected by autism.

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    • Toni Anne Smith WANTAGH, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Early Intervention can change a child's whole world before it even starts. Not only can it give you answers early as to what the child's needs are but it gives the child the best chance to assimilate into a "typical," leaning program. Therefore saving money on future needs which would be more costly.

      Since the main focus here seems to me the almighty dollar and not the needs of young children, It is very important for the Governor to understand as stated above:

      The Journal of the American Medical Association has demonstrated in a striking cost-benefit analysis how for every $1 invested in Early Intervention, over $7 is saved, in the form of decreased expenditures in future programs. Indeed, Early Intervention has saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades by avoiding far more expensive and extensive preschool and school-age special education costs. Early Intervention is a cost SAVER and literally a life saver.

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    • Charlotte Sear GREAT NECK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      My granddaughter benefitted greatly from the Early Intervention Program.

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