Monday, November 5, 2012

Thank You, Governor Hickenlooper!

Today, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and his staff for their FY 2013-14 proposed budget, which makes targeted increases and restores funding in many critical areas, including services for individuals with one or more developmental disabilities living in our state.

The proposed budget includes:

• $13.1 million Total Fund (TF) dollars -- $6.5 million from the General Fund (GF) -- to provide services to 809 additional people with developmental disabilities. This amount includes an increase of 576 funded waiver slots to eliminate the Children’s Extensive Services Waiver Program waiting list.

• $1.8 million TF ($1 million net GF) for early intervention services for children from birth to 2 years of age.

• A 1.5 percent provider rate increase for community providers including Colorado’s county departments of human services. This equates to $56.5 million total funds, $25.8 million GF.

This budget news is incredible and reflects the Governor’s commitment to community services for vulnerable people.

Thank you, Governor Hickenlooper!

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