ACTION ALERT: North Carolinians with Disabilities Need Your Help!

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

ACTION ALERT: North Carolinians with Disabilities Need Your Help!

May 9, 2019

Call or email your Senator today and ask them to support the 2019-2020 budget bill that includes funding for residential services for people with disabilities!

Last week, the NC House approved its proposed 2019-2020 budget bill. The budget bill includes increases in funding for residential services that would help people with IDD who need housing or improved funding for residential services. Over 4,500 individuals currently receiving residential services need improved funding, and over 10,000 individuals are still waiting for services. It also provides better wages to direct support staff working in Group Homes.

The outline of programs that will be impacted include:

Supplemental Short-Term Assistance for Group Homes:
$31 million non-recurring is budgeted total from the DMH/DD/SAS budget:

•$8 million non-recurring in SFY19-20
•$23 million non-recurring in SFY20-21 with potential rate adjustments and changes to the service definitions.

Direct Support Professional Wages:
Increases the rates for LME/MCOs, effective January 1, 2020, to enable increases in the wages paid to direct support personnel working in Group Homes for individuals with I/DD. Net appropriation to be used for wage increases: $5.5 million recurring for SFY19-20 and $11 million recurring for SFY20-21

A New “In Lieu of” Service:
Some LME/MCOs have created an “in lieu of” service definition using community-based supported living as an alternative to an ICF residential setting. Net appropriation for the “in lieu of” service: $11.5 million recurring for SFY19-20 and $11.4 million recurring for SFY20-21. This will support other LME/MCOs in creating and funding this new service definition.

In addition, the budget also includes:
Medicaid Transformation Fund: $206.1 million non-recurring in SFY19-20 and $62.5 million non-recurring in SFY20-21 transferred from the reserve;
Expanding Innovations Waiver by 150 Slots. Net appropriations for this slot increase: $1.08 million recurring for SFY19-20 and $3.26 million recurring for SFY20-21;
Traumatic Brain Injury Funding: $2.3 million recurring in each fiscal year of the biennium.

The NC Senate has already begun the preparation of their proposed budget. We need you to contact your Senator today and ask them to support residential service funding! These funds will go a long way in helping to stabilize services for people with disabilities seeking different housing options.

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