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Petitioning The Governor of NC

Support the aging, adults with disabilities and their caregivers. Stop cuts to adult day services!


North Carolina Governor Perdue has proposed cuts of $1,106,000 to State Adult Day Care funding which supports aging adults and people with disabilities who need supervised care.   Family caregivers and adult day services supporters are encouraged to tell their legislators and the Governor to support the aging and stop cuts to adult day services.

To put this into perspective, this year the total allocation for State Adult Day Care Fund is $3,972,732. This includes both federal and state dollars. This year the state portion is $1,817,431 and the Governor is proposing that be reduced to $711,431 next year. Obviously a cut of $1,106,000 would be very painful. This would translate into roughly a 28% overall reduction.
 
As part of the reduction, it is proposed that State Adult Day Care funds be limited to those between age 18 and 59. Since adults 60 and over have more resources available to them, although limited, the intent is to focus the remaining State Adult Day Care funds on those traditionally not served through HCCBG.

Cuts to adult day services will likely result in increased (and expensive) visits to the emergency room and hospitals, increased cases of abuse and neglect, increased and/or earlier placement in residential long term care settings.  Help preserve funding to support aging adults, adults with disabilities and their families by contacting your legislator and the Governor today with a simple message:  Stop the cuts to adult day services!

Letter to
The Governor of NC
Please support family caregivers, the vulnerable aging adults and people with disabilities who use adult day services and prefer to live in their homes, not nursing homes!

The Governor's proposed $1,106,000 cuts this year and next year to the State Adult Day Care Fund will reduce that funding source by 28%. To put this into perspective, this year the total allocation for State Adult Day Care Fund is $3,972,732. This includes both federal and state dollars. This year the state portion is $1,817,431 and the Governor is proposing that be reduced to $711,431 next year. As part of the reduction, it is proposed that State Adult Day Care funds be limited to those between age 18 and 59. Since adults 60 and over have more resources available to them, although limited, the intent is to focus the remaining State Adult Day Care funds on those traditionally not served through HCCBG.

Federal and state funding adult day health patients requires conditions and deficits comparable to those residing in a nursing center facility. If you reduce funding, where are these older frail individuals and persons with disabilities going to obtain care after they lose their adult day services? Cuts to adult day services will likely result in increased (and expensive) visits to the emergency room and hospitals, increased cases of abuse and neglect, increased and/or earlier placement in residential long term care settings. This approach doesn’t save money. It only shifts costs. Will their working caregivers and family members be forced to quit their jobs to care for their loved one? Yes, and a caregiver who cannot work can also not pay taxes.

Adult day services needs to be part of the solution to get health care services and costs balanced. Help preserve funding to support aging adults, adults with disabilities and their families; stop the cuts to adult day services!