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Breaking News-FY17 Budget and DD Day-February 10

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BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE FY 17 BUDGET

I/DD Highlights of Governor Hogan’s Budget Released Yesterday
We still need your voices for Waiting List funding!
Yesterday, Governor Larry Hogan released the FY 2017 Budget. While there was good news for several programs related to intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), we still need to fight for funding for more families on the Waiting List. The following is excerpted from reports provided by The Arc Maryland and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council.
The total budget for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is $1.1 billion – this is a six percent ($71 million) increase over FY 2016′s budget. The FY 17 budget includes:
  • $35.7 million to fully fund the 3.5% increase for providers of services to keep direct support staff wages above minimum wage
  • Just under $8.9 million to fully fund Transitioning Youth (602 people)
  • About $6.67 million for Emergency Placements (projected to serve 161 people in residential, day, supported employment, personal services and individual support services)
  • Just under $5.50 million for the Crisis Resolution Waiting List (projected to support 113 people in residential, day, supported employment, personal services, and individual support services)
  • $5,324,500 for LISS (Low Intensity Support Services)
  • $727,770 from the Waiting List Equity Fund (projected to serve 24 people on the Waiting List based on oldest caregiver first)
“While approximately 8,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities remain on the DDA Waiting List, the Governor’s budget brings hope to those on the Waiting List in the most dire situations,” said Cristine Marchand, executive director of The Arc Maryland. “Statewide, there is a collective sigh of relief among 600 youth who will be exiting special education this year – as their families waited anxiously for news if there would be funding for post-secondary services such as employment and habilitative services. There remain great needs as families strive to juggle multiple demands while doing the best for their sons and daughters. Members and leaders of the Maryland General Assembly have championed these causes and we look forward to working with them to protect these funds and make this budget a reality for more than 26,000 people with I/DD.”
 More Highlights
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) 
  • $18.2 million for the Autism Waiver so that 1000 children with autism will continue to receive services. This is the same amount of funding as FY2016.
  • $4.3 million for public prekindergarten education – the same amount of funding as FY2016.
  • $10.4 million for the Maryland Infants & Toddlers Program–the same funding level as FY2016.
  • The Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI) was fully funded this year, after being cut last year. The GCEI is a discretionary component of the State funding formula for education that has provided additional funding to 13 local school systems since 2009 to reflect regional differences in the cost of education that are due to factors outside the control of the local jurisdiction.
  • $5.7 million increase in funding for the Child Care Subsidy program. $3 million of this is General Funds. Total program funds would increase to $97.4 million, which is estimated to provide free or reduced-priced child care to 18,610 children.

 

Developmental Disabilities Day In Annapolis

Equal Rights and Opportunities
We need your voices! Please join us, citizens with developmental disabilities, families, providers and advocates to convene in Annapolis to meet with legislators about critical disability issues at Developmental Disabilities Day in Annapolis. Together we can deliver a stronger message of the urgent needs of people with disabilities and their families.
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Loews Annapolis Hotel – Atrium & Ballroom
126 West Street, Annapolis 21401
 
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Legislative Briefing
11:00 AM: Meet with your Legislators
 
We will make appointments for you and you must bring a valid 
state issued ID to enter the legislation buildings. 
Continental breakfast will be provided
If you would like to register through The Arc of Howard County the deadline is Monday, February 1, 2016
If you would like to register or have any questions, you can reach Keyanna at 410-730-0638 Ext. 226. If there is enough interest in transportation, we will provide a van to Annapolis. Please be sure to let us know if you are interested.
We will cover all fees for those registered through us.