Helping, helps us all.
Help is given in a all types of forms. It can be a simple hand up or even a life changing event. Regardless of the effort given, the help received is unmeasurable in benefit. Please take the time to post examples of helping that you have witnessed, or been involved with.
Believe it or not it is time, once again, to prepare to meet with our lawmakers to explain the need and benefit of our programs for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This session is going to prove to be just as challenging as the last session. Although the financial condition of the State is much better than last session, the Governor is again calling for a 10% cut to your program. We received the proposed numbers from the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) this week. We are looking at significant cuts in almost all HCS services including Foster Care. Daily rates in Foster Care could drop by as much as $8.38 per DAY. That is over $250.00 per month.
As last session I am asking that everyone get in involved in the legislative process and start contacting your state representatives and senators. In order to talk directly to your legislators you need to make contact BEFORE the session starts. Once the session starts, you will most likely be talking to an aide. Remember, your elected officials are the only people in the state that can keep your program whole.
As always, please feel free to contact me or Jason at our office number. Like last session, we will be making weekly trips to Austin once the session begins. We will fight to keep your program intact but one of the questions we heard many times last session was “why aren’t we hearing from the families?” We couldn’t answer them. Please help us keep this program together for the sake of our loved ones who desperately need the benefit of it services.
Thanks for your attention.