April 9 Public Comment Sought on Protection & Advocacy/CAP Redesignation

NYAPRS Note: See the attached notice giving more details about the state’s plan to move our Protection and Advocacy system and Client Assistance Program on June 1 to a new nonprofit developed by Disability Advocates called Disability Rights New York; see the notice below to give your comments.


Subject: The proposed redesignation of the New York Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) for people with disabilities.

Purpose: To receive testimony regarding the notice of intent released by the Governor on February 15, 2013 to designate a not-for-profit corporation, Disability Advocates, Inc. (DAI), as the P&A and CAP.

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Meeting Rooms 3 and 4, Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level, Albany, NY and as a live video-conference at eight additional locations statewide. See below for video conference locations.

Registration: Register online at www.cqc.ny.gov. If assistance is required with registration, call 1-800-624-4143 (Voice/Relay/TTY).

Registration to attend the public hearing is highly recommended as there is limited seating at the video conference locations. Oral testimony will be limited to three (3) minutes. Anyone wishing to submit written testimony may give it to the registration representative at the hearing site.

For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided upon reasonable request. Accommodation requests are included in the online registration. Please make all requests by Monday, April 1st at 5:00 p.m.

Video Conference Locations:

Broome DDSO- Theater, 249 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY 13905

Central NY DDSO- VC Room, 1001 West Fayette Street, Suite 5B, Syracuse, NY13204

Finger Lakes DDSO-Room 3/4, 620 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY14620

Hudson Valley DDSO- OMEGA Room 123, 9 Wilbur Road, Thiells, NY10984

Long Island DDSO- Large Conference Room, 45 Mall DriveSuite 1, Commack, NY11725

Metro NY DDSO- 1st Floor Activities Center, 75 Morton Street, New York, NY10014

Sunmount DDSO- Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 2445 State Rte 30, Tupper Lake, NY12986

Western NY DDSO- Room 1-153, 1200 East & West Road, Building 16, West Seneca, NY 14224