The Arc Maryland Scores Victories in State Budget

The finalized budget for the State of Maryland contains many victories for The Arc Maryland including:

  • A 3.5% waiver rate increase to cover the cost of compliance with the Minimum Wage Act of 2014;
  • Funding for 789 individuals with I/DD aging out of the school system to receive employment and other day services;
  • Waiver slots for the Crisis Resolution category, or the 101 individuals with the most urgent needs;
  • Reducing the Family/Individual Support Capped Waiver and Community Support Capped Waiver Waiting lists by 400 each;
  • The use of the Waiting List Equity Fund derived from the sale of state institutions and deinstitutionalizing to fund waivers for 36 individuals with priority given to those with the oldest caregivers;
  • Community Services for 26 individuals with I/DD involved in the court system;
  • $250,000 for inclusive higher education programs for students with I/DD;
  • 100 new Autism Waiver slots; and
  • A $3.7 million increase for pre-kindergarten education.