The Statewide Parent Coalitions Legislative Priority
Retain all current DDA clients and maintain their services.
DDA’s 2021-2023 budget proposal eliminates services for 8,100 current DDA clients. Some have depended on these services for over 30 years. These cuts will annihilate the already significantly underfunded systems for these most vulnerable individuals and put them at risk for isolation, loss of skills, unemployment, crisis hospitalizations, homelessness, incarceration, and institutionalization. These DDA funding cuts violate the basic responsibilities of government to protect its citizens.
Statewide Parent Coalitions continue to recognize these serious
concerns for future funding and support:
Fund DDA services for 14,000 eligible individuals on DDA’s no-paid services list.
Increase the number of individual and community direct-service providers across the state - lack of providers equals lack of service.
Provide a living wage for all DD service providers.
Develop and provide appropriate, sustainable community housing options for individuals with developmental disabilities to meet their needs and that respect personal choice.