March 5, 2019
CCC’s 2019 Advocacy Day: Fighting For New York Children
Staff from Citizens’ Committee for Children and more than two dozen adult and youth volunteers were in Albany February 27 to introduce our 2020 state budget priorities to key legislators and their staff.
We split in groups and fanned out throughout the state capital. Among our core policy and budget priorities, CCC advocated to restore resources for at-risk youth, child welfare prevention and foster care, and to protect and expand access to Early Intervention and behavioral health services for children. We also expressed our support for new initiatives to secure investments in services and subsidies that combat family homelessness, expand protections for court-involved youth, and ensure that tax relief benefits New York’s lowest income households, among others.
In all, we organized more than 20 meetings to fight for programs that would take steps toward ensuring all children are healthy, housed, educated, and safe.
Check out a full list of 2020 state budget priorities below.
Advocacy Day was a continuation of our efforts to raise our voices about the our priorities in the state budget conversation. CCC has submitted three testimonies to the state legislator opposing the cuts to child welfare programs in the budget.
First, we spoke out against the proposal to cut reimbursement ratesto family assistance programs by 10% only in New York City. In a second testimony, we stood strongly against proposed cuts to New York City’s public health system, and the budget’s failure to invest in important home visiting programs. And finally, we submitted a third testimony that included a call to ensure successful implementation of new behavioral health services for children and adolescents, and provide increased access to treatment, support, and developmental services.
Also, we have sent out the first of many e-action emails to our supports calling for them to write key legislatures and voice their opposition to these cuts. The calls to action sent out so far were calls to fully fund early intervention and preschool special education and another to call for full funding of the state’s PINS program.
Stay in touch as we continue to fight for the programs that are important to the lives of New York’s children!