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Good News: No cuts for Journeys in Gov's proposed budget
Posted: Feb. 9, 2015
MURFREESBORO — We've got great news for Journeys and our supporters! The governor took our petition to heart and recommended in his State of the State address today (Feb. 9) that there be no across-the-board cuts to programs like Journeys across Tennessee.
In addition to rescinding the waiver rate cuts, Gov. Bill Haslam also recommended there be no ICF rate cuts. Family Support is also fully funded in the administration’s budget that goes into effect July 1 in large part due to a successful media campaign waged by TNCO and its agencies.
Our supporters may recall that in December, DIDD proposed in its budget presentation to the Governor a 2.75% waiver rate cut that would have affected programs like Journeys, along with completely discontinuing the Family Support program and special needs assessments. TennCare proposed to the Governor a 4% cut for ICF providers.
The TNCO Board of Directors decided in early January to engage the DVL Seigenthaler public relations firm to help in efforts to impact the Governor’s final decisions about funding programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
With the leadership of TNCO’s Governmental Affairs and Public Relations Committee chairs, Tonya Copeland, Walter Rogers and Anthony Hicks, along with TNCO’s lobbyists Estie Harris and Meagan Frazier, working with DVL Seigenthaler, TNCO’s successful media campaign hit its mark resulting in the perfect outcome of continued funding.
Journeys in Community Living would like to thank all of the local community members in Rutherford and Cannon Counties who took the time to sign the Change.org petition over the past several weeks. The goal of 5,000 signatures was met and then exceeded by more than 2,000.
The organization also extends its thanks to Gov. Haslam for recognizing the true level of need that exists among those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who care for them.
Keep in mind that the budget is still a proposal at this point and there is still work to be done, including keeping our local legislators informed about the needs of those with intellectual disabilities and those who care for them.
You can find your local legislator and get contact information HERE. Contact him or her today to voice your support for the governor's budget lines on waiver programs like Journeys and the full range of DIDD and TennCare services he recommended for people with disabilities.
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