Achieva, along with other members of the Provider Alliance (TPA), is fervently advocating for the funding needed to ensure people with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (ID/A) can receive necessary services. TPA urges Governor Wolf and the General Assembly to use the funding available from the already-passed American Rescue Plan and the potential Medicaid increases in the “Build Back Better” legislation under consideration by Congress to preserve the community system of care.
“The intellectual disability system is collapsing, but it can be prevented,” said Nancy Murray, Senior Vice President of Achieva and President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh. “Now is the time for Governor Wolf and the General Assembly to pay direct support professionals (DSPs) at the same level as state center aides, use Rainy Day funds to stabilize the system, and increase the fee schedule rates by $541 million (annualized amount in the State Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget). Thanks to funding from the federal government, the time has never been better for PA to make this investment to provide desperately needed services for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, and their families.”