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New York State Family Caregiver Council

Background and Purpose

Recognizing the value of family and other informal caregivers to the independence of persons of all ages with disabilities, the Governor and the Legislature established the New York State Family Caregiver Council in the 2007-08 state budget. NYSOFA was designated as the lead agency to coordinate the work of the Council. The Council includes caregivers across the age and care spectrum, community advocates, academic experts in caregiving issues and New York State government agencies. The Council’s mission is to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations that will enable the state to develop policies and programs that support caregiving by reducing barriers and enhancing support for individuals who provide care for friends, family or community members of all ages and all levels of ability.

First-Year Accomplishments of the Family Caregiver Council

In its first year, the Council recommended strategies for action, which formed the basis for activities to support informal caregivers that took place during 2008 and 2009. These activities are summarized below:

These action steps are consistent with Governor Paterson’s agenda to support New York State families and with NYSOFA’s continuing efforts to advance community-centered, family-centered, caregiver-centered, and customer-centered approaches to meeting the needs of older adults and caregivers for persons of all ages. The Council’s activities during its first year: