Resolution J3135-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 8-14, 2013, as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in the State of New York

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  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim September 8-14, 2013, as Direct Support Professionals  Recogni-
tion Week in the State of New York

WHEREAS,  Direct  support workers, direct care workers, personal assist-
ants, personal attendants, in-home support workers and paraprofessionals
(referred to in this Preamble as "direct support professionals") are the
primary providers of publicly funded long-term supports and services for
thousands of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities; and
  WHEREAS, Direct support  professionals  first  allegiance  is  to  the
person  they support; they must build a close, trusted relationship with
an individual with disabilities; and
  WHEREAS, In 2013, the majority of  direct  support  professionals  are
employed in home and community based settings and this trend is project-
ed to increase over the decade; and
  WHEREAS,  A  direct  support  professional  assists an individual with
disabilities with the most intimate needs, on a daily basis, including a
broad range of supports such as preparation of meals; helping with medi-
cations; bathing; dressing; mobility; getting to school, work, religious
and recreational activities; and general daily affairs; and
  WHEREAS, A direct support professional is responsible  for  supporting
the emotional, physical and personal well-being of individuals receiving
support,  helping  to  keep an individual with disabilities connected to
the family and community of the individual; and
  WHEREAS, Direct support professionals enable individuals with disabil-
ities to live self-directed, meaningful and productive lives;  they  are
the  key  to  allowing  an  individual  with  disabilities  to live more
successfully in the community; and
  WHEREAS, Direct support professionals respect the  human  dignity  and
uniqueness  of  the  people  they support; they advocate with the people
they support, promoting their  human  rights,  their  civil  rights  and
responsibilities; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body appreciates the contribution of direct
support professionals in supporting the  needs  that  reach  beyond  the
capacities  of the families in the State of New York, and further recog-
nizes them as integral in supporting the long-term support and  services
system in this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body finds the successful implementation of
the public policies of the State of New York depends on  the  dedication
of direct support professionals; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September  8-14,  2013,
as  Direct  Support  Professionals  Recognition Week in the State of New
York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York.

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