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Gov. Carney and Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget announced $2 million in additional funding for services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in FY 2020. On behalf of the community and the service providers we represent, we’d like to express our gratitude to the governor and his administration.
The additional $2 million is very helpful, but more is needed.
The Division of Developmental Disability Services just completed a reimbursement rate study. It revealed that in order to fully fund residential and day services, the system needs an additional $42.3 million. Under current funding levels, providers are being reimbursed about 60% of what it costs providers to deliver the care.
We’re asking Delaware to commit $14 million in FY 2020 for I/DD services.
$14 million is roughly a third of the $42.3 million needed over the next 3 years to close the funding gap. It will help to fulfill the promise of the McNesby Act. It enables the professionals serving people with I/DD the ability to earn a living wage. It ensures that provider organizations can keep their doors open and help Delaware meet federal requirements for community-based services.