Funding proposed to close gaps for those with intellectual disabilities

The Department of Human Services wants to provide services and close a critical gap in supports to some of Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. 

The department announced initiatives Friday, included in Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 2018-19 budget, in support of those with intellectual disabilities and autism. 

The budget proposal will provide funding, specifically a $74 million increase for services for individuals with disabilities. It's said to assure services will be available to an additional 800 adults who will be graduating from public school June 2019. 

“For the first time families with students who will be graduating in 2018 and 2019 can have confidence that services will continue to be available to their children,” said DHS Acting Secretary Teresa Miller in a news release. 

Miller says this funding will eliminate the four to six month gap that usually exists before those students receive services, which in return will help to reduce worry. 


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