Corbett Tours Community Center, Announces $22.4 Million Proposal to Reduce
Waiting List for Intellectual Disabilities Services
Philadelphia – Governor Tom Corbett today
previewed a 2014-15 budget proposal that will increase funding by $22.4 million,
allowing approximately 1,100 additional Pennsylvanians with intellectual
disabilities to receive home and community-based services.
made the announcement following a tour of Salvation Army’s Kroc Center of
Philadelphia, a 130,000-square foot community center that serves North
services help individuals with intellectual disabilities to remain in their
homes and be active members in their communities, like we’ve seen here in the
Kroc Center of Philadelphia,” Corbett said. “However,
years of a waning funding commitment left many of these individuals on a long
with disabilities and the families that care for them have waited long enough,”
Corbett continued. “I made a commitment to reduce the waiting list two years
ago, and to date have done so by more than 2,000. Today I am proposing an
additional $22.4 million that builds upon last year’s increase and will help
1,100 more individuals to receive home and community-based services this coming
disabilities originate before the age of 18 and provide significant limitations
in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, affecting many everyday
social and practical skills.
proposal will assist special education graduates who “age out” of the school
support system when graduating high school.
also remove adults with intellectual disabilities from the emergency waiting
list. Individuals in the emergency category have been identified as needing
services within the next six months, often because they live at home with an
elderly caregiver or single parent who must split time between full-time
employment and caregiving duties.
should not have to choose between caring for a loved one and full-time
employment,” Corbett added. “Improving the lives of people who overcome these
challenges every day is, quite simply, the right thing to do.”
joined for the announcement by Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Deputy
Secretary Fred Lokuta; disability advocates from Vision for Equality, SPIN, the
PA Waiting List Campaign and the ARC of Philadelphia; self-advocates; and
several families who are currently on the emergency waiting list or have
received services as a result of the Corbett administration’s funding
commitment in the past.
together, I know we can provide individuals with intellectual disabilities with
the care and opportunity they deserve,” Corbett said.
Corbett will provide more details about his full 2014-15 budget proposal in
information, visit www.pa.gov.
Christine Cronkright, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Kait Gillis, Public Welfare, 717-425-7606