NY Law Allows Parents to be Special Needs Caregivers

ALBANY -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into a law making it easier for parents to serve as the principle caregivers for their special-needs adult children.

The law, introduced by state Sen. Simcha Felder and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, entitles parents to state compensation while they care for a chronically ill or disabled adult child, removing the worry of having to support a family at the same time.

The law, which takes effect on April 1, 2016, expands current language to include parents among those who qualify to provide care through the state’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.

“Many special needs adult children often live with their parents after reaching adulthood,” Felder said. “Often, in order to help with household expenses, the parents must work outside the home.”

The only relative now excluded from getting paid is a spouse.