Wolf Administration Advocates for Legislative Support of Funding for Intellectual Disabilities Waitlist
Governor Wolf’s proposed budget would move 1,000 individuals off waitlist
Today, the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Nancy Thaler was joined by providers, stakeholders, and families affected by the current Intellectual Disabilities (ID) waitlist at The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA, advocating for Governor Wolf’s proposed 2017-2018 budget and its positive effect on the waitlist.
“Governor Wolf’s budget adds critical funding to move people off the waitlist and provides needed relief and support to Pennsylvania families,” said Thaler. “Without these funds, families in need of emergency and critical care will not have access to the necessary, high-quality services their loved one needs.”
In the Governor’s budget, he proposes providing $26.5 million to serve more people in the community and strengthen Pennsylvania’s support for adults with ID and/or autism. The budget proposes funding to:
“ACHIEVA is hopeful that members of the Pennsylvania Legislature will pass the Governor's 2017-2018 Budget with funding for the ODP as proposed,” said Nancy Murray, CEO of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA. “This will ensure that people will come off the waiting list, people will leave state centers for community homes, and that innovative community services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism and their families will be available throughout Pennsylvania.”
This infographic depicts the current snapshot of the ID waitlist and how this necessary funding could positively impact the lives of thousands of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens.