Out-Cry Over State Budget from Developmental Disability Community

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM EDT

WESTERN NEW YORK, N.Y. (WKBW) It now appears that New York State lawmakers have not included important additional funding for programs that serve adults with developmental disabilities.

"There is no one more vulnerable than someone with a developmental disability," explained an exasperated Barbara DeLong from the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY.

Last year, New York State promised to pay $90-million dollars for developmental disability programs, but the money never came because it was a "dry-appropriation."

"Zero money for that stuff and it was all critical," added Barbara DeLong.

State budget cuts over the past few years have greatly reduced the availability of adult day-hab and residency programs for adults with severe developmental disabilities.

Those cuts have created long waiting lists with 400 people currently waiting for some sort of adult day program, and 1000 people waiting for placement in residency programs.

"We are more concerned about the bottom-line and taxes than we are about providing for people who are vulnerable," said Dr. Stephen Anderson, CEO of Summit Education Resources.

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