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ACTION ALERT – Call Your Senator to Delay EVV!

Call your Senators and Congressional Representative and tell them to support S.2897/H.R.5912

The 21st Century CURES Act mandates that all Personal Care Service (PCS) providers use Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) to track the time and location of those delivering personal care and home health services, including CDPA, by January 1st, 2019. Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to delay the deadline by one year, to January 1st, 2020. We urge you to contact Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, as well as your Congressional Representative, and ask them to support this bill.

A January 1st, 2019 deadline is too soon to make sure that EVV is rolled out in a way that meaningfully involves consumers.

CLICK HERE to contact your Senators and Congressional Representative.

NYSILC 2018 Consumer Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

NYSILC 2018 Consumer Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is conducting a statewide survey for people with disabilities in New York State. Survey results will help prioritize services supporting continued or expanded Independent Living locally, regionally, and statewide. They need your input!

Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below. All responses will be kept completely confidential and only the aggregated data will be reported.

Click here to take the NYSILC survey…

To further encourage you to reply, they will enter you in a drawing for a $50 gift card (only if you “opt-in”). Otherwise, you won’t need to enter any identifying information.

Please complete the survey by our June 25, 2018 deadline.  If you have difficulty navigating in Survey Monkey, click on the Word version of the survey, mark up and save your responses, and email them back to You can also contact the council at (518) 427-1060 if you need someone to assist you in the facilitation of the survey over the phone.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation!

Legal Consultation Days Schedule for 2018

The Rockland Office for New Americans Has Legal Consultation Days Schedule for 2018.

Legal Consultation Days:

June 13, 2018 –New City Library, New City NY
July 11, 2018 63 New Main Street, Haverstraw, NY
August 8, 2018 – Suffern Library—Suffern, NY
Septmber 12, 2018 –Haverstraw King’s Daughters Library –Garnerville NY
October 10, 2018–Haverstraw Center –Haverstraw, NY
November 14,2018  — To Be Determined

By Appointment Only – For more information call: 845 826-5022

Summer Cooling Assistance Through HEAP


Individuals with Heat-Related Health Issues Can Apply to Receive Air Conditioners – Apply Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3 million is available to help New Yorkers suffering from serious health issues that are aggravated by extreme heat purchase an air conditioner. Individuals can apply now for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program at their local department of social services.

“When the heat and humidity of summer arrives, it’s important that vulnerable New Yorkers are able to stay safe and comfortable in their homes,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage anyone with a medical condition that is worsened by high temperatures to apply now, so an air conditioner can be installed before the first heat wave hits.”

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which oversees the program, has set aside $3 million in federal funding to provide an air conditioning unit or fan, to eligible households. Last year, 4,000 households received cooling assistance.

To qualify, applicants must meet existing HEAP eligibility criteria and income guidelines, which vary by household size, and have at least one member of the household that suffers from a documented medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat. For example, a household of four can earn up to $53,482 a year or $4,457 a month, and still qualify for assistance.

Cooling assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Local Departments of Social Services will accept applications through August 31, or until funding runs out.