|Posted:||May 14, 2020 12:26 PM|
|From:||Representative Thomas P. Murt|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Implement Enhanced Rates and Retainers for Intellectual Disability and Autism Service Providers|
I plan to introduce critically needed legislation to support Pennsylvania’s intellectual disability and autism programs. Intellectual Disability/Autism (ID/A) programs are running out of money. The providers do not have adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), nor do they have the staff necessary to support those most in need. This proposed legislation directs the Department of Human Services to implement enhanced rates. The Department has already calculated and created these rates, but has not yet implemented them. Funds to implement these rates were included in the most recently passed Federal Cares Act.
-Fix the funding problem for staff and COVID-19 costs by implementing enhanced rates and retainers.
This legislation will:
-Give these providers the resources to purchase PPE, to retain and hire staff for more intensive cleaning, and to pay their direct service professionals to continue their critically important work in the midst of this pandemic.
If we do not act:
-The community system will be decimated.
-The hospital utilization rate for people with ID/A will rise.
-The cost of care to the taxpayers will rise.
-The health of people they serve will decline.
Please join me in sponsoring this legislation. Thank you.