Support Increased Funding for Intellectual Disability and Autism Services in the Pennsylvania Budget

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Support Increased Funding for Intellectual Disability and Autism Services in the Pennsylvania Budget

For the first time in ten years, Pennsylvania’s proposed 2017-2018 budget includes rate increases for intellectual disability and autism services. This includes funding for across the board rate increases, and increased community-based services and waiting list initiatives. This increased funding is critical to people with intellectual disability and autism, as well as the people who support them. Highlights from the proposed PA budget (both the Governor’s and the House’s) for intellectual disability and autism services include:

  • $54.7 million to provide for rate increases from the renewal of the waiver program;
  • $109.7 million to provide for increases in utilization and costs;
  • $15.4 million for the Community Living Waiver to create a new program for family caregivers to ensure 1,000 individuals currently on the waiting list can continue to live at home;
  • $8.5 million to expand services for individuals with disability to provide home and community-based services for 820 students graduating from special education—a figure that is projected to cover every such student this coming year;
  • Funding to begin to transition individuals from the Hamburg State Center to home and community-based services;
  • $9.3 million for new community participation services from the renewal of the waiver program; and
  • $642,000 in Autism Intervention and Services for home and community-based services for 50 additional adults with autism spectrum disorder.
  • On April 4, the PA House of Representatives passed the budget bill with all of the increased funding for intellectual disability and autism services. The PA Senate is now discussing the budget and will vote soon. Please join Keystone Human Services in encouraging PA Senators to support a 2017-2018 budget that invests in intellectual disability and autism services.

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Contact Your PA Senator to Support the Proposed Budget for Intellectual Disability and Autism Services
By Charles J. Hooker III, President and CEO of Keystone Human Services In the coming weeks, the Pennsylvania Senate will begin discussing the proposed budget bill passed by the PA House of Representatives. It’s time to start engaging with your PA Senator to encourage them to support a budget that includes increased funding for intellectual disability and autism services. The...
May 22, 2017 1:40 PM ET
PA House of Representatives Passes Budget with Increased Disability Services Funding
Our voices have made a difference! On April 4, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to pass the state budget with all of the increased funding for intellectual disability and autism services. Thank you to everyone who contacted their state legislator to share how important this increased funding is for intellectual disability and autism services! This is the first time...
Apr 25, 2017 4:35 PM ET
Good News about the Proposed PA State Budget for Intellectual Disability and Autism Services
I have good news about the proposed Pennsylvania budget to share with you. The collective strength and advocacy at the state level of individuals and organizations involved in human services has led to the most favorable budget proposal for intellectual disability and autism services that we have seen in Pennsylvania in many years. The proposed PA budget includes funding for a rate increase,...
Mar 27, 2017 2:10 PM ET