Legislative News

Here is some great news from our Legislative Committee!

Hearing on LD 1984, An Act To Eliminate Waiting Lists for Home and Community-based Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Brain Injury, and Other Related Conditions 
The hearing began late in the day and was still going when I left Augusta at 5:30.  At least two dozen people had lined up to testify.  Many were the parents of adults with autism or intellectual disabilities that had compelling stories.  Several talked about how their kids had begun to regress once they had finished school or had become adults.  Twenty-three pieces of written testimony were submitted and can be viewed here:  http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?LD=1984&snum=129#
A work session hasn't been announced yet, and there is no fiscal note for the bill yet.  Gov. Mills has proposed ending one of the waiting lists (not sure for which services) and someone estimated that to do away with the four waiting lists for all services would cost about $200 million. Bob Howe our representative that monitors the legislature will cover the work session when it's announced.

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