Bill Including $260 Million in ID/A Funding Signed by Governor Wolf
Governor Wolf signed HB 2510 this afternoon which provides nearly $260 million for Intellectual Disability and Autism (ID/A) programs with special federal funding through the passage of the CARES Act designated to be used exclusively to assist programs impacted by the pandemic.
Presently, it is not fully known how the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) will distribute the funding to providers. Costs related to COVID-19 including personal protective equipment (PPE) and overtime and supplemental wages are eligible for this aid.
InVision Human Services Vice President of Finance Shawn Ryan and his staff have been diligently identifying all additional costs attributable to COVID-19 which will help validate increased costs to ODP and others in state government.
Prior to HB 2510’s passage and subsequent signing by the Governor, many disability service providers in Pennsylvania were experiencing financial difficulties caused by the impact of COVID-19 like obtaining PPE and covering the costs of overtime for staff filling roles for colleagues who were sick or in quarantine.
Many leaders in the ID/A community, including InVision’s Ruth Siegfried, continually reached out to members of the General Assembly to address the shortfalls in funding and encouraged others to do the same. Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Intellectual Disability and Autism (PAR) provided resources for community members to contact their specific representatives for this purpose, and disability service providers followed suit. After several weeks of targeted advocacy from passionate members of the community, HB 2510 is now law.
We at InVision thank everyone who took the time to reach out to their representatives. We couldn’t have done it without you!