In the recently signed 2011-12 state budget, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett made children with mental health disabilities a target for his spending cuts. Corbett has given the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare the right to get rid of services without any legislative oversight whatsoever.
Corbett has made it a personal mission to target and get rid of in-home behavioral services to children with autism, known otherwise as "wraparound care." This service allows counselors, known as BSC and TSS to come into the home and to work with an autistic child one-on-one.
These wraparound services are invaluable because they help the child learn proper habits and behaviors, and enable families to learn how to better deal with a child with special needs. It's invaluable individual attention that can go beyond the home, as TSS counselors can accompany a child to school and other activities outside the home to help as well.
Corbett considers wraparound care a waste of money, and is currently enlisting state workers to conduct studies and surveys that will be favorable to his opinion so the program can be done away with.
Many families across Pennsylvania are now in danger of losing this service with no replacement. Wraparound care is vital to these families, as the individual attention and instruction can keep an autistic child from meltdowns, impulsive acts, and dangerous behavior.
Please sign our petition to tell Governor Corbett and the Department of Public Welfare to leave wraparound care alone!