Ask Governor Haslam: Please Save Services for People with Disabilities!
Thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Tennessee are in danger of losing critical support services due to rate cuts recommended in the state’s 2015 budget. If implemented, these cuts will force service providers across Tennessee to cut services, negatively impacting their ability to ensure quality care for our state’s most vulnerable citizens and their families. Some agencies may be forced to close their doors altogether.
Dear Governor Haslam,
Please save services for people with disabilities!
We understand the need to balance the budget, but thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Tennessee are in danger of losing critical services due to rate cuts recommended in the December budget hearing. The lives of our most vulnerable citizens must be protected.
People with disabilities and their families already face many challenges. Their lives will be changed for the worse if funding is cut. Deserving Tennesseans could lose access to services like vocational training and placement, in-home supports and transportation that enrich their lives and prevent them from being placed in institutional service settings; and vital medical supports that keep them safe and healthy.
Tennessee’s network of service providers is irreplaceable, making it possible for Tennesseans with disabilities to live, work, remain healthy and stay safe in their home communities. The proposed budget cuts will strain an already struggling system, negatively impacting the quality of care for our most vulnerable citizens.
Governor Haslam, please support disability care in Tennessee.
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