Corbett Announces Nearly $20M Proposal to Reduce Waiting List for Intellectual Disabilities Services

PHILADELPHIA – Gov. Tom Corbett has announced that his 2013-14 budget will set aside nearly $20 million to provide home and community-based services for approximately 1,200 Pennsylvania adults with intellectual disabilities.

The proposal reduces a waiting list for services for adults with intellectual disabilities. Intellectual disabilities – such as Down syndrome, autism or Fragile X syndrome – originate before the age of 18 and provide significant limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, affecting many everyday social and practical skills.

“When I visited Philadelphia last November, I was deeply moved by the stories of three families who had been on a long waiting list for home and community-based services,” Corbett said. “We need to do a better job of looking after these citizens, who, through no failing of their own, cannot look after themselves.”

Corbett was joined for the announcement by representatives from the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), disability advocates, and three families currently on the emergency waiting list. DPW has more than 3,500 individuals in the emergency category who have been identified as needing services within the next six months.

The 2013-14 proposal aims to provide for people waiting for services, including adults from the emergency waiting list, those waiting to receive autism services, and special education graduates.

Many of the individuals with intellectual disabilities “age out” of receiving special education services when graduating high school or live at home with an elderly caregiver or single parent that must split time between full-time employment and caregiving duties.

Corbett’s 2012-13 budget invested $17.8 million to provide services for and remove approximately 1,100 individuals from the waiting list.

“I am confident that a continued commitment in this year’s budget to reduce waiting lists for services will help those who need it most,” Corbett said. “Caregivers should not have to choose between caring for a loved one and full-time employment, nor should individuals with special needs have to suffer set-backs in their everyday lives,” he added.

Corbett will provide more details about his full 2013-14 budget proposal in early February.

For more information, visit www.pa.gov.

 

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2 thoughts on “Corbett Announces Nearly $20M Proposal to Reduce Waiting List for Intellectual Disabilities Services

  1. electedface

    As Attorney General, Tom Corbett received over $647,000 in campaign contributions from members of the Second Mile Foundation, while only assigning one investigator to the case.

    Meanwhile, at the same time, he assigned 14 investigators to Bill Deweese and spent more than 5 years trying to get him.

    It is difficult to believe these campaign contributions did not improperly influence his decision to not file charges against Jerry Sandusky.

    The state police trooper who initially handled the Clinton County case against Jerry Sandusky believed there was enough evidence from a teenage boy — known as Victim One– to charge Sandusky with indecent assault.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji7UQhr3z3M

    • Dieselrider

      Seems someone does not have the facts ands is just spouting. Just sayin there are two sides to each story and you are choosing to show just one.

      “tincup2684 2 days ago

      Both of those statements are false and have been widely discredited. the actual number of campaign donations was approximately $20,000 from people on the board of the second mile. not the second mile itself. Check the department? of state records.

      Also initially there were FOUR investigators: a state trooper, two investigators from the AG’s office, and a Deputy AG. Those are FACTS. you should do some research before taking time to produce a video full of lies.”

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