Support Full Funding for I/DD Services in Delaware

Support Full Funding for I/DD Services in Delaware

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Ability Network of Delaware started this petition to Delaware General Assembly Members

Delaware’s services for intellectual and developmental disabilities are chronically underfunded. Without this necessary funding, Delaware faces a workforce crisis for I/DD service providers and a social crisis for the people who receive these services. According to a study published in January 2019, with the funding approved by the General Assembly that year, there is a $38 million shortfall in state funds to reach the 100% level recommended by the Department of Health and Social Services. The last time the DDDS rates were fully funded was in 2004.

The FY 2022 recommended budget for Delaware that Gov. Carney unveiled on January 28, 2021 did not include new funding for the McNesby Act. This is the second year in a row that no new funding was proposed by the governor. The Act was passed unanimously in 2018 and Gov. Carney signed it the day after Labor Day that year. It promised to fully fund services for intellectual and developmental disabilities to address the workforce crisis. To date, that promise has not been fulfilled.

Why You Should Sign the Petition: 

Because It Will Create More Economic Activity in Local Communities: An independent study published in November 2019 showed that every dollar invested by Delaware in disability services was matched by $1.38 in federal Medicaid dollars at that time. For example, an additional $10 million investment by the state in these services would create 460 jobs outside the social service system, resulting in $20 million in earnings by those job holders, which would bring in $1.4 million more in state tax revenue.

Because New Federal Funds Are Available to Assist in Rebuilding the Human Services Infrastructure: A substantial investment in rebuilding the crumbling human services infrastructure now would bring even more federal funds into the Delaware economy. That’s because since the 2019 study was published, the Medicaid matching funds have increased to $1.77 for every state dollar spent on these services, through September 2022. Furthermore, the American Rescue Plan passed by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2021 increases the matching funds for disability services by 10% for one year. Day program providers desperately need the funding boost the federal dollars would contribute, so that they can recruit and train new Direct Support Professionals to replace those who had to find other jobs when the pandemic forced the day programs to close.

Please visit McNesbyAct.com and Workforce Crisis Information for more information.

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