|Majority Leader Morelle & Bruce Darling|
Over the last few months, disability rights activists and advocates did an amazing job getting the state to move forward with a proposal to authorize nurse delegation in New York so that people who need assistance with health related tasks could live independently in the community and the state could fully implement the Community First Choice Option. These efforts culminated with a week-long sit-in at the offices of the NYS Nurses Association to persuade the union to stop opposing this policy change.
We were successful in persuading the nurses to change their position. Ultimately, the Governor, Assembly, and Senate all agreed to make the necessary changes to allow for nurse delegation but they literally ran out of time before the budget bills needed to be printed. All three parties have assured us that they are committed to moving forward with nurse delegation outside the budget process.
I am happy to report that the Governor has submitted language to the Assembly and Senate that – when passed and signed into law - will allow the state to establish nurse delegation and fully implement the Community First Choice Option. Given the agreement that already exists, we expect that the legislature will take action on this when they return to Albany. We will keep you posted.
It is also important to acknowledge the work of those in the administration, Senate and Assembly who also worked very hard to make this happen. We appreciate their efforts and commitment to making New York State a leader in Community Choice. Together we will FREE OUR PEOPLE!
Great work everyone!