PLEASE READ AND HELP SAVE EARLY INTERVENTION

PLEASE READ AND HELP SAVE EARLY INTERVENTION

This is to inform you that the Governor’s 2009-2010 budget proposal introduces legislation that would seriously affect the Early Intervention Program.  These include:
* Co-payments for early intervention services
* Stricter eligibility for children with speech delays
* fees for becoming an approved Early Intervention Provider and fees for Maintaining that approval
* Annual case quotas for individual providers

We feel strongly that this proposal legislation will have a strong impact on citizens of our state.  We urge you to contact your state Senator and Staten Assemblyman to protest the proposed bill (bill A158-A in the Assembly, bill S58-A in the Senate) which is now pending in the State Legislature.

You can find out who your state representatives are, and obtain their contact information by calling 311.  You may also visit the following web sites to obtain that information.
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/
http://www.senate.state.ny.us/senatehomepage.nsf/senators

If you wish to review the actual bill, you can do so by going to:
http://public.leginfor.state.ny.us/frmload.cgi?MENU-57882463 and type in the appropriate bill number (A158-A or S58-A)

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