Emergency Services Fund In Emergency Status
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 30, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA--There are currently 6,000 people with developmental disabilities in Indiana on a waiting list to receive community-based services through the state's Medicaid waiver program.
Many of those are living with parents or caregivers age 60 or older.
During the last fiscal year, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's Division of Disability, Aging and Rehabilitative Services spent $10.6 million in emergency services -- housing or in-home assistance -- primarily for people whose parents were no longer able to care of them at home.
This year, however, the division had to return $15 million to the General Fund to help balance the state budget. It received no new money for expanding the waiver during the current two-year budget.
"It's a large concern," Steve Cook, the division's director, told the Courier-Journal.
"Budget forces state to slow plan for mentally disabled" (Courier-Journal)