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URGENT – OHIO BUDGET UPDATE

The state budget currently being debated is one of the most important in recent years and action is needed now to support funding for agencies serving people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. At risk is a 6% increase for IO Waivers, the primary revenue source for agencies like Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.

Governor John Kasich originally proposed a 6% increase, effective July 1, that would provide funding for wages for Direct Support Professionals. The Senate proposal/response has now reduced that to 3% for this year and 3% for 2016. The Senate needs to hear from us. There are many competing voices asking them for funding support. Make sure people with disabilities and the people who serve them are not forgotten. Call today and share this message:

We ask the Senate to restore the cuts to the DD Direct Care rate increase and fully fund the developmental disabilities budget as the administration introduced in the Omnibus Amendment.

CONTACT:

Senate President Keith Faber, 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 – (614) 466-7584 – faber@ohiosenate.gov

President Pro Tempore Chris Widener, same address, (614) 466-3780 – widener@ohiosenate.gov

Senator Bill Beagle (representing our Miami Valley region), same address, (614) 466-6247 – beagle@ohiosenate.gov

Senator Peggy Lehner (representing our Miami Valley region), same address, (614) 466-4538 – lehner@ohiosenate.gov

For additional contact names and more information on this urgent need, please contact Tom Weaver at (937) 898-2220 or tweaver@cicloh.com