The Arc Pennsylvania Lauds “Best State Budget Proposal in a Decade”

The Arc Pennsylvania lauds Governor Tom Wolf’s newly proposed budget as the best in a decade.  Major improvements include:

  • $26.2 million for a new waiver called the “Community Living waiver” with slots for 1,000 individuals with ID currently on the waiting list and 820 Person/Family Directed Support waivers for recent high school graduates;
  • $195.9 million, a 14.7% increase, to provide home and community based services to more than 55,000 individuals and increase DSP wages;
  • $4.9 million decrease for State Centers;
  • $544,000 to transition 40 individuals out of state institutions and into the community as part of a litigation settlement;
  • $25 million increase for special education; and
  • $11.7 million for Preschool Early Intervention for 1,100 new children

In response to the budget, The Arc Pennsylvania’s Executive Director Maureen Cronin said: “Advocacy is frustrating work because we don’t always (well, almost never) see the impact right away, but times like this remind us that showing up makes a difference.”