System For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Will Collapse Without Increased State Aid, Advocates Say

Nancy Murray, President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh/Achieva (standing to the left of the speaker), was among advocates gathered in Harrisburg's Capitol Rotunda, urging the General Assembly to add $430 million to the State budget for DSPs
A joint press release from The Arc of Pennsylvania, the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA), Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR), The Provider Alliance (TPA), The Alliance of Community Service Providers, and the MAX Association

Health and human services organizations ask General Assembly for $430 million increase to stop further termination of programs, closure of facilities
On May 3, 2023, advocates for and providers of services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A) urged the Pennsylvania General Assembly to increase state aid by $430 million to prevent a full collapse of the system. Prominent health and human services organizations gathered in the Capitol rotunda and said chronic underfunding and staffing shortages are forcing them to end programs and turn away individuals.

The $430 million funding request would generate a federal match that would allow providers to resume service to the 4,029 individuals who lost care in recent years. Without the 15-percent increase, providers say that 60,000 Pennsylvanians with ID/A would be at risk of losing or experiencing a reduction of essential services.

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