IL Day 2011

February 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm 1 comment

Del. Kaye Kory and ECNV StaffOn Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011, staff, participants, and friends of the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) joined the Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL), many staff members of different Centers for Independent Living (CILs) from around Virginia, and other advocates at the General Assembly in Richmond to advocate for amending the FY 2011 budget to protect services that are essential to many people with disabilities. 

VACIL had laid out a list of priorities and they were: 

  • Reduce waiting lists for the Medicaid Developmental Disabilities Waiver and Intellectual Disabilities Waivers. 
  • Restore funding to continue Medicaid assistive technology and environmental services. 
  • Restore funding for Medicaid respite services to maintain respite at 720 hours. 
  • Restore funding for Medicaid Waiver provider rates to avoid a 5% reduction in rates. 
  • Restore funding for independent living services to avoid a 10% cut to peer mentoring, independent living skills training, information and referral and advocacy services provided by Centers for Independent Living. 
  • Fund Department of Rehabilitative Services Personal Assistance Services for 23 adults with disabilities who are working people and on the waiting list for 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.

We spent the day going around to the offices of Senators and Delegates from our region and letting them know about VACIL’s priorities and telling personal stories about the need for these services.

Most of the members and/or legislative aides seemed to be supportive of and interested in the things we had to say.  At this point it is too early to say what will be the outcome of our advocacy.  However, on Sunday, February 6, the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee recommended to the full House and Senate budgets that can be summarized as below: 

  • DD Waiver Slots
    • Budget Approved by 2010 General Assembly – No new DD Waiver slots
    • Governor’s Introduced Budget – No new DD Waiver slots
    • House Committee Recommends – 270 new DD Waiver slots
    • Senate Committee Recommends – 100 new DD Waiver slots
  •  ID Waiver Slots
    • Budget Approved by 2010 General Assembly – 250 new ID Waiver slots (already assigned)
    • Governor’s Introduced Budget – 275 new ID Waiver slots
    • House Committee Recommends – 275 new ID Waiver slots, in addition to the 275 new ID Waiver slots in the Governor’s budget
    • Senate Committee Recommends – Of the slots in the Governor’s budget: Cut 100 new ID Waiver slots; Keep 175 new ID Waiver slots 
  • Assistive Technology and Environmental Modifications
    • Budget Approved by 2010 General Assembly – Cut to $3,000 annually for each service, effective with July 2011 budget
    • Governor’s Introduced Budget – Maintain cut to $3,000 annually for each service
    • House Committee Recommends – Maintain cut to $3,000 annually for each service
    • Senate Committee Recommends – Restore each service to $5,000 annually 
  • Personal Care
    • Budget Approved by 2010 General Assembly – No cut to hours
    • Governor’s Introduced Budget – No cut to hours
    • House Committee Recommends – Cut to 40 hours a week
    • Senate Committee Recommends – No cut to hours 
  • Respite
    • Budget Approved by 2010 General Assembly – Cut to 240 hours a year, effective with July 2011 budget
    • Governor’s Introduced Budget – Maintain cut to 240 hours a year
    • House Committee Recommends – Maintain cut to 240 hours a year
    • Senate Committee Recommends – Restore 720 hours a year 
  • Waiver Provider Rates
    • Budget Approved by 2010 General Assembly – 5% cut, effective with July 2011 budget
    • Governor’s Introduced Budget – Maintain 5% cut
    • House Committee Recommends – Maintain 5% cut
    • Senate Committee Recommends – Restore 4% of the 5% cut, (results in a 1% cut) 

So it doesn’t seem that all of VACIL’s priorities will be addressed but as noted earlier, it is too early to tell for sure.  We encourage you to contact your Senator and Delegate now and let them know how these budget amendments would impact you.  Contact information for legislators is at http://legis.virginia.gov/1_cit_guide/contacting_my.html

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  • 1. kredithai  |  February 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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