Virginia Senators & Delegates, Listen Up!

January 18, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

David BurdsIt is no big surprise that there will be cuts in this year’s Virginia State Budget, but we are again asking our legislators not to balance the budget on the backs of people with disabilities.

The Virginia Centers for Independent Living (VACIL) are advocating for the restoration of the 10% cut to Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and that Medicaid Services funding not be reduced. Listed below are each of the legislative priorities of VACIL for the 2011 General Assembly Session for which we need the voice of our ECNV membership: 

  • Reduce waiting lists for the Medicaid Developmental Disabilities Waiver and Intellectual Disabilities Waivers. New DD Waiver funding has not been available since 2007. The DD Waiver provides services for people with autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, spina bifida and other developmental disabilities that occur before the age of 22. The DD Waiver waiting list has grown to 1,075 people. The ID Waiver waiting list includes over 5,000 people. 
  • Restore funding to continue Medicaid assistive technology and environmental services
  • Restore funding for Medicaid respite services. The proposed budget will reduce respite from 720 hrs a year to 240 hrs a year. 
  • Restore funding for independent living services. The current budget includes a 10% cut to peer mentoring, independent living skills training, information and referral and advocacy services provided by CIL. 
  • Restore funding for Medicaid Waiver provider rates that will be reduced by 5% in the proposed budget (Tech Waiver nursing services will not be reduced by the proposed budget). 
  • Fund personal care services for adults with disabilities who are working by increasing funding for Dep’t of Rehab Services’ (DRS) Personal Assistance Services
  • Restore funding for the Consumer Services Fund to provide for technology needed by people with disabilities that is not available through other funding sources.

By David Burds, ECNV Executive Director
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Winter 2011 Edition)

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