As a result of advocacy by The Arc Pennsylvania, HB 218, the state budget, which offered the highest level of support for people with disabilities in recent years, passed both houses of the legislature and became law. The budget includes:
- 1000 slots for a new Community Living Waiver capped at $70,000 per person per year;
- 820 Person/Family Directed Supports Waiver slots for special education graduates with ID and/or autism;
- 50 new Adult Autism Waiver slots; and
- Expansion of the Targeted Services Management State Plan to include more than 1,500 people with autism and/or ID on the waiting list.
The Arc Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Lisa Pugh, talked about Medicaid block grants, ending the wait list for children with disabilities, and two employment proposals for youth with disabilities in the state budget on WKOW’s Capitol City Sunday. The interview can be viewed here.
The Arc Wisconsin has been working with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities to develop initiatives that help youth in transition secure employment. As a result of the chapter’s advocacy, these efforts are now included in Governor Scott Walker’s budget, which proposes $5.1 million in awards to school districts that help students with disabilities obtain employment and $1.5 million to help school districts improve transition programming that connects students with disabilities to jobs.