Where Did This Money Come From?
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 11, 2005
TAMPA, FLORIDA--The bad news from Florida is that the state's Agency for Persons with Disabilities currently has 14,604 people with developmental disabilities on a waiting list for community-based services.
The good news is that many of those people could come off of the list and into community homes, now that the agency has discovered a $62 million surplus. Some predict that the total could eventually top $100 million.
The bad news is that nobody's quite sure how the agency got that surplus.
The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability in Tallahassee is conducting an independent review of the agency. The final report is expected in January.
According to the Tampa Tribune, an agency spokesperson said some service providers billed the agency using outdated rates while others billed for clients who were not authorized for services.
One provider, on the other hand, said the money likely came from rate cuts the agency made in 2003 in anticipation of a $30 million budget deficit that never materialized.
"Cash Surplus Helps Disabled But Prompts Call For Probe" (Tampa Tribune)